Careers in Library & Information Science
The resources listed below offer career guidance as well as job postings for qualified individuals seeking a career in the library and information science profession.
The School's main listserv (KSUSLIS) is also a good source of job information. Prospective employers often send us postings to share with our students. If you are not on the listserv but would like to be, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- American Library Association (ALA)
- JobLIST: Job listings from all over the U.S. and Canada.
- Library Job Search wiki: Links to job search sites, bibliography of resources, Twitter feeds, specialty library job listing pages
- Guide to Employment Sources in the Library and Information Profession
- I Need a Library Job (INLJ): Popular site featuring blogs, advice and job listings.
- LibGig: Job listings plus career advice, career profiles, tips for success
- Library Job Postings on the Internet
- Library Journal JOBZONE
- American Library Association
- LISCareer.com: The Library & Information Science Professional's Career Development Center: Articles and advice on resume writing, networking, job seeking and more
- Library Career People: Searchable Q&A articles and columns, expert answers to LIS career questions
- Librarian Occupational Employment Statistics
- Librarian Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career Services at Kent State University
Career Exploration and Development at Kent State University offers numerous resources on its website, including tips for writing resumes and cover letters, networking, interviewing, conducting your job search and more.
Getting involved with a professional association is one of the best ways to enhance what you're learning in your classes -- and most of them have special rates for students or recent graduates. They offer specialized training, conferences, networking opportunities, job listings and more. Some of the groups below are national; others are based in Ohio. Students who are not in Ohio or who are looking to move to another area are encouraged to seek out the relevant organizations for that region. The School also supports several student organizations that are chapters of national organizations, which will give you a chance to meet future colleagues and learn about career opportunities.
- Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)
- The Academy of Certified Archivists
- American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
- American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
- American Library Association (ALA)
- Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST)
- Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
- Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
- Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
- Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC)
- Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends & Foundations (ALTAFF)
- Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
- Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
- Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
- Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA)
- Medical Library Association (MLA)
- National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA)
- Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS)
- Northwest Regional Library System (NORWELD)
- Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA)
- Ohio Library Council (OLC)
- Ohio Library Council Diversity Awareness and Resources Committee
- Public Library Association
- Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)
- The Society of American Archivists
- Society of Archivists
- Southeast Regional Library System (SERLS)
- Southwest Regional Library System (SWON Libraries)
- Special Libraries Association (SLA)
- Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)