Published: November 11, 2020 by Gillian Collins
The puzzle of finding a job. We were all there, looking for the missing part: the words made sense; We sigh from results that require experience that we do not know or do not have. However, the options are more than you think. MLIS Skills at Work Report: A job headline snapshot examines current trends, needs, and actual job postings by division to show you what’s out there and what career might be looking for you.
MLIS Skills at Work: A job headline snapshot is a report completed every spring by iSchool, which contains job postings and coordinated details of what role really means. This includes hard and soft skills that employers want from MLIS students or graduates. The purpose of the MLIS Skills at Work report is to help you succeed by emphasizing your value, skills and the knowledge and interests you are attracted to. These days it’s not a trivial matter: in times of uncertainty, careers change your Life may also change the world.
These skills you’re talking about …
… well, remember when your math teacher said, “You know, you will not always have a calculator in your pocket!” And then did cell phones happen? You always have a calculator in your pocket. Unfortunately, this calculator runs out of battery or it may disappoint you. The same goes for soft skill.
Soft skills. Check out page 12 in the Spring 2020 photo. List statistics and data that show that the top three traits an employer tends to MLIS want in its employee:
- Appreciates diversity
Special skills. Page 13 Spring 2020 Snapshot focuses on the special skills that employers are looking for. The first three are:
- Training and guidance
Employer skills are in demand. If I were an employer, it translates to an employee who:
- Makes teamwork easy, and brings to the table no less than co-workers. You can work in a team, and thrive with others who have different stories of your own.
- Understand how to use a computer. As a matter of fact, you know the basics of software (from Microsoft Suite to a domain-specific digital platform). You also know that email must be proofread, that you must not click “Submit” before making sure it goes to the right people and has the right attachment. You need to be able to explain concepts to customers, patrons, students and / or colleagues in a way that they can understand.
- Knows how to independently find evidence and convey mentioned ideas. You need to know how to use an online search engine, search a database and perform research-intensive tasks. You need to understand your niche as well as related or emerging issues in this area. This niche may be the digital humanities, the pharmaceutical industry, information literacy for students in community colleges, or another area of LIS work that speaks to you.
- Be able to take on the importance of learning. The ability to engage in attention and focus when your boss or your boss’s team is training you … and you should have a great ability to create and conduct meetings or other workshops to provide the same experience.
If you excel in these areas, a potential recruitment manager will most likely want to hire you! It is interesting to note that the most sought-after skills, both hard and soft, are aimed at an environment that values input and further exploration.
The word in ‘issue’ is …
… different from “Librarian” or “Treasure + Archive”. The career development team really excels when it comes to discovering the degrees that match the MLIS skills you have gained.
While the plethora of jobs open to you may seem daunting at first glance, I have broken down some of the job titles included in the Spring 2020 version of the MLIS Skills at Work report. I sincerely encourage you to take the opportunity to review the entire post. Here are three random job titles, from different areas of the LIS field, I found interesting. They are divided into page / section, title and interpretation of what is needed.
- Digital Initiatives, Integration and Management (Page 27), “Digital Media Asset Manager”: A person who treasures, catalogs and acquires important digital content for his company. Like clicking “Save As”, but in more depth.
Business Organizations and Non-Profit Organizations (Page 37), “Knowledge Manager”: A person who understands and synthesizes a variety of data sources, information sharing and other areas to get the “inner scoop” that will benefit his organization, and then passes these insights on to co-workers. Therefore, when someone asks to talk to your manager, you can respond “I am the manager …Knowledge Manager!Absolutely cool, and totally you!
Archives, Museums and Cultural Institutions, “Libraries Purchases and Development of Collections (Page 35): The person who brings items to a library or museum, who enhances a collection with unique, varied and interesting material. If you’ve seen any movies involving a certain archaeologist who is determined that many items belong to a museum, Fedora wears, and does not really like snakes … well, a bit like that, but more emphasis on preserving and curating exhibitions. Still cool!
The Bottom Line: Yes, the MILIS Skills at Work report has more to offer than three random selections from your career blogger here; The job descriptions are right for you and professional skills (hard, soft, special) and are real. There is much more information on all aspects of the current market.
But hey, no problem. We are information nerds. We love this stuff.
A quick jot from Gillian
I always hated when an adult asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Every answer I give is accompanied by an interview interview about my skills regarding this role.
No teacher has any idea about the gut of paleontology, just because they love dinosaurs. A boy who simply replies that he loves history does not want the adult to respond with “Oh, so you want to be a lawyer!” line. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is an illogical question, and I have always hurt my self-esteem.
What I ended up doing, inadvertently, was creating a strategy. I gathered knowledge that I could return to prior knowledge to solve a problem pragmatically, go through every task given to me, produced, got up, found a new place. Simply put, I was content with what I had, I acquired new and relevant knowledge along the way. As for my last point, I quote this line from If
By Rudyard Kipling: “If you can meet Triumph and Disaster, and treat these two imposters exactly the same […]”
And most importantly, I learned from my friends, from my family, random strangers from random places, one of my professors from college, people who are friends of friends of friends, managers from past roles, co-workers and clients. I learned that information comes in many forms, from comforting words, weird conversations, guidance, anecdotes and motivation. Having said and done, I can find more helpful information in the mind of the Rollover from people I have met, than books or essays. Combined with MLIS skills at work, I can find out how experiences lead to different types of career options.
All this time I did not know what I was going to be, I actually discovered that if I rolled with the tide, I would open contingency plans and be comfortable with the change, everything would be fine. When you are discriminated against, get up, learn something and remember why. Appreciate the encouragement to explore your potential. Even now, because the new normal can seem hopeless, you and I have a unique opportunity to change the tide.
We will have the tools we need to help shape the new normal into a better place for everyone, especially ourselves.
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Selected career opportunities
Law librarian B- Kent Daniels and Associates, Inc., Los Angeles, California. Standing at a distance. Submit on
Digital librarian B- E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA Filed on
Mark your diary!
Building Career Opportunities at the Grad School – SLASC Program
- date: Monday, November 16, 2020
- time: 18:30 – 19:30 (Pacific time)
- a place: Close up
Applying LIS to Alternative Career Tracks – ASIS & T Student Chapter
- date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
- time: 18:00 – 19:00 (Pacific time)
- a place: Close up