Library Job Hunting: The Search

Job hunting can be a heck of a slog.

"Cardboard sign" by marsmettnn tallahassee, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“Cardboard sign” by marsmettnn tallahassee, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

It’s time consuming (especially if you’re like me and tailor each application to the specific job), emotionally draining, and not without a small amount of its own personal brand of stigma. Even the most innocuous what’s-up-with-you-these-days “So you’re still looking for work then?” can be shame inducing, regardless of whether you’ve been searching for two months or seven.

While talking about the Hunt (it really should be referred to with a capital “H”) with a co-worker who also recently obtained her graduate degree, it occurred to me that this would make a great post; not to mention the fact that it would serve as an excellent space to consolidate my job hunting resources in one place for the next time I need it.

So here goes:

Sarah Visintini’s Guide to Finding an

Information/Library Job


Here’s a list of sites that I consult on a regular basis while job hunting. I find it helpful to have a set list that I check, so that I feel like I’ve covered my bases for the week without worrying that I’m spending too much time on it.

I also like to search according to three different filters: by organizations of interest, fields of interest, and then (once I’ve exhausted those two) a more general search engine, which can be a little tricky in library and information science because we use so many different words to describe ourselves (the irony of not having a standardized language for this is not lost on me).

Organizations of Interest (to Me!)

Capital Health
Horizon Health Network
Vitalité Career Centre
University of Manitoba
Dalhousie University

Library/Information Management Related

Ontario Library Association: The Partnership Job Board
Canadian Library Association
Special Libraries Association Job Board

General Searching

Career Beacon

Additional thoughts on searching:
Sign up for any relevant or popular listservs in your field of interest. The constant reminder in your inbox is as valuable if not more than the gems that they can sometimes bring in.

To be continued…. I’m just getting started!!!