Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Abstract

Finding a position in a library can be challenging for recent Library and Information Science (LIS) graduates. While LIS students are often encouraged to seek out experience, network, and improve upon their technology skills in hopes of better improving their odds in the job market, little research exists to support this anecdotal advice. This study quantifies the academic and work experiences of recent LIS graduates in order to provide a better understanding of what factors most significantly influence the outcome of their academic library job searches. The survey results demonstrate that the job outlook is most positive for candidates, who applied early, obtained academic library experience (preferably employment), participated in professional conferences, and gained familiarity with committee work.

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