Loading Library Hours...

Careers in Information Sciences: Job Searching and Beyond

This page highlights resources for job seekers in the information sciences and information management and for those looking for professional development in their careers. Those looking for information on informational interviews, mentoring, or other career-related information beyond those listed here should consult the Careers page of the iSchool.

For other related career information, also see our page on Researching and Publishing in IS.

Job Posting Lists | Salary Surveys and Related Professional Trend Statistics | Articles and Books on Professional Development Topics | Game Studies

Job Posting Lists

Find jobs in IS through aggregators of position announcements.

    A searchable database of job ads, plus links to information about resumes, salaries, interviewing, and more.  Sponsored by the American Library Association.
  • ARL Career Resources
    Current job postings at Association of Research Libraries member libraries, a resume bank, plus information on residencies and diversity programs.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Search the job database or browse by category. Job tools (saved resumes/cover letters, job alerts, and online applications) available with a free account.
  • HigherEdJobs
    This database contains a comprehensive list of library jobs in higher education. Search by “Category: Administrative” and then click on “Libraries.”
  • Illinois Library Association JobLine
    Job listings for libraries in Illinois.
  • INALJ (I Need a Library Job)
    Comprehensive international job postings updated weekly, job hunting resources, and a resume bank.
  • LibGig:  Your Career, Your Community
    Lists jobs and offers extra features for job seekers, such as career profiles and interview tips.
  • The Partnership Job Board
    This is the most comprehensive job board for library jobs in Canada.
  • RAILS Job Board
    RAILS hosts a list of library jobs in Illinois, with occasional listings from surrounding states.
  • iSchool Careers Page
    The iSchool provides a more expansive list of job list options.

Salary Surveys and Related Statistics on the Profession

People on the job market or interested in a particular career path use salary surveys to help get a sense of realistic expectations and to negotiate a job offer. These surveys are often also the best source of data on gender and ethnic representation in professional positions.

Books and Articles on IS Professional Development Topics

You can search IS databases and the library catalog to stay up to date on whatever your field of specialty is. However, some resources are specifically focused on professional development, and these are assigned specific subject terms you can use.

  • Articles in LISS
    There are a significant body of trade magazines included in this database. Try search terms like “Job description”; “Job qualifications”; “Librarians–employment.” Some research articles cover topics like trends in job requirements for particular positions that you may want to consult if you are on the job market or wanting to know what skills to develop for a particular field.
  • Print and EBooks in the Library Catalog
    For this topic you will want recent information, so be sure to sort by date of publication! You can attach the Library of Congress Sub-heading “Vocational guidance” to different fields as the main subject term. Try “Information Sciences – Vocational Guidance“.

Game Studies

A brief list of resources for careers in Game Studies & Design.

  • Game Developer
    A site dedicated to “The Art & Business of Making Games.”  It contains the latest industry news, job postings, and links to some of the top companies in the business. The organization also hosts the annual GDC (Game Developers Conference).
  • How to Build a Game Design Portfolio
    This article offers portfolio advice for gaming professionals. Portfolios allow you to build an industry reputation and promote yourself to prospective employers.
  • International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
    The IGDA is the largest non-profit membership organization serving individuals that create video games. Their site has many useful elements including a resource library and career center.
  • List of Gaming-Related Conventions
    You can use this list on Wikipedia to identify gaming conventions or conferences to attend in your location.