Library Technical Assistant "Webliography"

LTA students are involved in a constant search for information.

  • They are searching for information for their coursework. 
  • They are providing information for library patrons, family, and friends. 
  • Most importanly, they are searching for information about the profession of librarianship. 

This webliography has been compiled and annotated to provide LTA instructors with tools to help the students in their search. 

  • Students will need resources to create a resume and cover letter in order to complete their field experience. 
  • They are curious about library salaries. 
  • They want to know if there are any professional organizations they can join. 

This webliography is only the tip of the iceberg. Please use it well and may it lead you or help you lead others to an excellent library job.

Please feel free to email Linda Slusar (Slusar@cdnet.cod.edu), LTA Program Coordinator, with suggestions or additions to this document.

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GENERAL CAREER EXPLORATION RESOURCES

This is just a sampling of the many general career exploration sites available. All sites listed will provide information specific to libraries. They are also quite useful for general career information.

Advancing Women, by Lawrence K. Jones: http://www.advancingwomen.com

This site focuses on resources for women in the world of work and will appeal to the majority of library workers. It includes articles and resources on networking, careers, and business. This is a useful tool for LTA job seekers as well as for the library patron searching for job information.

 The Career Key: http://www2.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/l/lkj/

A good place to begin the search process for jobs. This is a basic self-assessment tool based on the Holland personality types test. Included is a list on career help on the internet, and links to the Occupational Outlook Handbook online. It can be helpful for library technical assistant students, as well as general job searchers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/

This government publication is a tried and true resource. LTA students can do a keyword search on library technicians and link to the government description of their job as well as receive job projections for the next five years. This is useful for preparing to request a salary upgrade. Job seekers and students will also find this the source for a wide variety of job descriptions and salary projections.

State Occupational Projections: http://www.dws.state.ut.us/bls/

Check by state to see the number of LTA's employed, the employment projections for 2006, and percent change predicted in employment. Searchable for all states and most occupations. Also, search the nation as a whole for occupations and projections.


WEB SITES FOR JOBS

One of the goals of the LTA program is to assist the student in finding a good job. Included in this section are sites to locate general job annoucements. These are useful for all occupations. Most of the sites also have library jobs. See "Sites and Resources for Library Jobs" for very specific library job information. You may also use these sites to search for library patrons, family members, and friends. 

America's Job Bank: http://www.ajb.dni.us

America's Job Bank is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor and the state operated Public Employment Service. Employers may post jobs, and job seekers may post resumes. To receive more in-depth services, you must register. This would be a great resource for your library reference department.

Career Path: http://new.careerpath.com/

Find a job, post a resume, find information about a company here. This includes thousands of job adds collected from newspapers all across the country. LTA's could use this at the reference desk or to do research to see what libraries, or other occupations, are paying in similar jobs in a variety of geographic areas.

Monster.Com: http://www.occ.com/

This is one of the most well known national and international job sites. It includes real-time job postings, company profiles, resume skills screening, sample resumes and more. You will be asked to register. A good site for research and the serious job seeker.

Overseas Jobs: http://www.overseasjobs.com

Lets think globally! Not too many library jobs are listed here. So many library patrons or associates are moving to other countries. This provides a good overview of what the global market is like for non-citizens of particular countries. A good resource for research and the global perspective.


COVER LETTERS, RESUMES, AND INTERVIEWING

Every LTA student will be required to produce a resume, cover letter, and will hopefully have success at interviewing. This is a collection of useful sites for these important job seeking activities.

Getting Assistance with Cover Letters, Resumes, and Interview Skills: http://www.psu.edu/career/assist.html

This web publication has been produced by and in some ways is specific to Penn State University. However, it contains some good concise information for interviewing and resume writing. Don't forget to check the College of DuPage Career Center (located on the second floor of the SRC building) for similar information specific to the DuPage area.

Preparing a Resume: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/llc/writecenter/web/text/resume.html

Here is a good example of one of the many sites that assist in writing the resume for the first time. Collect your resume information and give it a try.

Rebecca Smith's eResumes & Resources: http://www.eresumes.com

When searching for a job in today's market, the first thing you might be asked is to email your resume. It helps to have all your ducks in order. Rebecca Smith provides step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your resume in ASCII format. Donít even think of starting the job search or helping others without studying what is contained in this site!


SITES & RESOURCES FOR LIBRARY JOBS

The sites listed below provide very specific information for library related jobs. Most of the general sites in this webliography have some library job listings and are very useful for assisting job seekers. These sites provide specialized resources not easily found in any of the other lisitngs.

Library Support Staff Resource Center-Library Employment Resources: http://www.lib.rochester.edu/ssp/jobs.htm

This is the "mecca" for all types of information relating specifically to library technical assistants. Don't miss looking at this site. Some of the listings are exclusively for LTA's - a very hard-to-find commodity. After looking at the library job listings, be sure to check the "Miscellaneous Job Search Resources" section. Here you'll find general information for all types of careers.

C.Berger And Company: http://www.cberger.com/

If you live in the Chicago metropolitan area, this is a fabulous resource. C. Berger is a temporary employment agency specializing in placing library workers. At anytime there are 10 to 20 library specific jobs listed. You may fill out an application online. C. Berger could mean "job security" for many library workers at different points in their careers.

ALA American Library Association: http://www.ala.org/

Choose "Employment" from the ALA home page to link to the very latest in library jobs all across the country. Some library assistant jobs are listed here as well, although the majority are for librarians. You may also view and print the latest issues of American Libraries. The American Library Association has done a great job of compiling what is important to the profession in one neat package.

Library Job Postings on the Internet, compiled by Sarah Nesbeitt, Maxwell Library, Bridgewater State College: http://topcat.bridgew.edu/~snesbeitt/libraryjobs.htm

Check this site to see a map of the U.S. appear before your eyes. It is a fascinating process to click on a state and be connected to job resources and descriptions from any part of the country. Libraries may also post job notices to this site. Canada is also included. Use this to help prepare for your next performance and salary review.

The Librarian's Job Search Source: http://www.lisjobs.com/

This brings so many library employment guides together. You might even want to start with this site. Be sure to investigate the link to Dominican University if you are searching for local library jobs.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - 1998-99: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos113.htm

Have you checked your job description lately? Do you have a job description? The U. S. Government has put together a detailed and quite accurate description of the work of library technicians. They provide salary information and a better than average outlook for the profession. Move from library technician to any other occupation. Don't forget to check the charts on their home page. This will be useful for LTA's, job seekers of all types, and students doing occupational research assignments.

Illinois Library Association: http://www.ila.org/

The older "ILA" telephone job line still exists, but why write down all the information? The jobs in the Illinois Library association listing are updated weekly. Also included here is a wealth of information about libraries in Illinois. You may even download the latest "ILA Reporter", the publication of the Illinois Library Association.


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Support Staff Interests Round Table: http://www.ala.org/ssirt/

There is a place for library paraprofessionals in the American Library Association called SSIRT. Check here for recent meeting reports, their current stand on the issue of certification, and membership information.

ALA Divisions, Units, and Governance: http://www.ala.org/alaorg/

This section of the ALA website lists and provides links to the variety of divisions within the institution. The same page also leads you to important documents that every library worker should know about such as the "Library Bill of Rights", "The Freedom to Read Statement", and "The ALA Code of Ethics".

Community and Junior College Libraries Section: http://www.glendale.cc.ca.us/cjcls/

There is a new section of "CJCLS" called "The LTA Educators" section. Check here for the latest reports and recommendations of this section. Provide input as we help shape the future for library educators.


GENERAL REFERENCE TOOLS

Every library worker needs a "tool box" of good print and online resources to be at hand at anytime. Here are two good places to go to begin the process of finding information for all types of reference questions.

College of DuPage Library Home Page: http://www.cod.edu/library/

The College of DuPage library web site can serve as your guide to the sometimes confusing world of the internet. When you click on "Internet" from the COD home page, you are led to the best in web search engines, useful reference sites for everyone, course and subject related web sites, job and career sources, and resources for colleges and financial aid. Always think of the COD web site as a good "first place" to start your internet search.

The Internet Public Library Reference Center: http://www.ipl.org/ref/

The first thing you will see here is a "virtual library". Simply click on a subject area to proceed to those resources. The University of Michigan School of Information has done an exemplary job of pulling together a virtual reference collection.

 

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