Category Archives: Career Advancement

Get Ready for a New Series of Career Ideas to Spark Your Own Growth!

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

Hello and welcome to the start of our new series in the Library Worklife Newsletter!  Over this past year, we focused on interviews with different library workers around the country to get a closer look at the daily lives of library professionals as they pursued work that truly makes a difference.  (If you missed any of these interviews, you can check them out on the archives at  During this past year we also looked Read the rest

4 Things You Won’t Know About Working on a Cross-Functional Team Until You Do It

Some time in your career you will undoubtedly be asked to serve on a cross-functional team. You may know some of the people on the team. Others may be unfamiliar to you. Working on a cross-functional team isn’t always easy. It requires cooperation and a willingness for members to volunteer for specific projects. It may be helpful to understand each person’s work-style and reason or purpose for being on the team.  There are benefits to working on this type of Read the rest

Your Passport to International Librarianship

Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing different cultures and new languages, and learning the kinds of interpersonal skills you can’t get sitting behind a desk. Volunteering in international libraries is not only feasible, it’s also Read the rest

6 Signs the Job You’re Applying for Could Be a Nightmare

In almost every job, there will be days when you don’t feel like going in, or days when you won’t want to be bothered by co-workers. This is normal. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a horrible job. A truly terrible job is more than just having a few bad days. It is one that drains your creativity, your energy, and causes you to think about finding a new job almost daily. A job that’s not right for you … Read the rest

How to Get Hired for a Managerial Position When You’ve Never Been a Manager

Are you ready for a new challenge in your career? Ready to take the next step and move up the ladder? Perhaps you feel that you are equipped to become a manager. But how can you become a manager when you’ve never been a manager? After-all, most employers want someone who has actual experience supervising others. How can you convince someone to give you a chance at being a manager when you don’t have any real supervisory experience? The author Read the rest

Thinking Job Search? Think Strategy

By Caitlin Williams

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.  It was a great experience. One of the things I get to do during the ALA conferences is career coaching for people who stop by the on-site ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center. In my discussions, I noticed a theme that came up frequently: “How do I do my job search, where do I begin, or where do I Read the rest

4 Very Common Words That Might Scare Your Co-Workers

Do you consider yourself a communication “guru”? Do you pride yourself on having amazing communication skills?  Are you the one who keeps your managers and co-workers looped in and apprised of what’s going on at all times? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on. Do you know that a few very common words could be causing your colleagues to freak out? It’s true. Certain terms that you might use regularly make people think fire drill, Read the rest

3 Myths about Moving Up

Most people assume that everyone wants to climb the career ladder. We often also assume that if someone does a job well, they are ready to move on (and up). According to this article, however, these are both myths.  Depending on an individual’s stage in life, they may be satisfied with staying in the job they have. Also, not everyone who wants to advance has what it takes for the next step. This article briefly discusses myths about Read the rest

Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities

The report which was released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) last month underscores the importance of life-long learning. For an opportunity to start or continue your road to continuous learning, consider taking one of these courses.

The first course entitled Current Issues, scheduled May 14 – June 21, 2018 is designed to help you identify major current issues in public library management. In this course, you will learn how to identify how general political, economic or Read the rest

A Look at Postsecondary Work Credentials Beyond the Degree

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new Data Point report last month entitled Degree and Nondegree Credentials Held by Labor Force Participants. This report examines the rates at which working adults have attained either a postsecondary degree or a postsecondary nondegree credential, including postsecondary certificates, occupational licenses, and occupational certifications. The report uses data from the Adult Training and Education survey, conducted as part of the 2016 National Household Education Survey (NHES) program.

Among the findings:

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