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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

Job Posting Lists

Find jobs in IS through aggregators of position announcements.

  • ALA JobLIST
    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 – Vitae 
    Search the job database or browse by category. Job tools (saved resumes/cover letters, job alerts, and online applications) available with a free account.
  • INALJ (I Need a Library Job)
    Comprehensive international job postings updated weekly, job hunting resources, and a resume bank.
  • Jobs in Library and Information Technology
    Job board sponsored by ALA’s Library & Information Technology Association.
  • LibGig:  Your Career, Your Community
    Lists jobs and offers extra features for job seekers, such as career profiles and interview tips.
  • 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“.