Librarians at large: alternative careers as entrepreneurs and in startups

Have you got a great idea for a business or project? Many library professionals are also amazing entrepreneurs – starting their own businesses in consulting, research, publishing, writing and more. Three librarians have recently started a business research firm called ‘Bizologie’. Catering for the fact that many companies cannot afford in-house researchers, Bizologie provides for […]

Librarians at large: alternative careers in bookstores, private libraries and publishing

If you’re after something a bit different, there are a multitude of career options outside of the ‘traditional library path’ that you can pursue with your library qualifications. Many library school graduates have gone on to create rewarding careers in a variety of non-traditional roles. One such example is Alex Berman, who wrote a guest […]

Discussion topic: librarians at large

The majority of librarians work in libraries. That’s a fairly broad statement, and we know that there are multitudes of different kinds of libraries, but for the most part librarians work in libraries. But not all librarians work in libraries. This topic is about exploring the world of librarians that work outside of libraries. Librarians […]

The Nomad Librarian

Early in my career, I took it upon myself to learn all I could about every aspect of a library – Circulation, Reference and Instruction, Cataloging, Special Collections and Administration. It was important to me, as an emerging librarian, to envision the library as an organic whole – not disparate departments within the same building. […]

That “A-ha” Moment

One of the things I love about being a librarian is working with students and sharing in their “a-ha” moments. Whether it is in an instruction session, during a research consultation or at the reference desk, I find it enthralling to witness the dawning of new insights. I grew up in libraries. My mother is […]

Discussion Topic: Personal Branding

Managing your professional identity in the 21st century is a complex task, how you are perceived as a professional is influenced by so many things. Everything you do: the way you act in meetings, the way you write, the way you dress and every tiny thing you do online can all influence how your actions are interpreted by […]

A bit of history: 1940s Library Careers

We recently stumbled on this blast from the past on You Tube and wanted to share it with you. It made us think about how many things have changed about the profession in the last 75 years,  but those things that haven’t changed much either. Do you have what it takes to be a 1940s […]