I love a career path that supports collaboration and cooperation! Librarians, on the whole, are really really good at this. I have definitely been reaping the benefits of this attitude in my new position as English & Drama Librarian, and now it’s my turn to pay it forward.
Need some advice? Check out the Library Grrl’s LiveJournal Group. It is an excellent place to anonymously ask those tricky questions. The users cover everything from grad school applications, to job hunt tips, to dealing with unruly patrons. (FYI: You will need to create a LiveJournal account.)
Are you starting out in your career and looking for cover letter examples? Open Cover Letters is an online repository that shares successful cover letters that have been written for a large variety of library jobs. Use the site to get ideas, and then submit your own cover letter when you finally land that awesome job! Don’t worry – all personal information is blacked out.
Library Design Share is another favourite site of mine. It’s the place to go if you want to be inspired by library-related design work. Everything from flyers to handouts, logos, and slideshows! Rather than letting yourself get stuck in a design rut, check out this site and let the creative juices flow. Or, if you’re already a design guru, considering submitting your own work.
Blogs are an easy way to share ideas, and some favourites of mine can be found here.
If you want to be exposed to new ideas, be sure to check out the re-vamped Library Conference Planner. To my knowledge, this is the largest aggregate of library conferences worldwide. Conferences always make me feel excited about the field of information and they are an obvious platform for the sharing of ideas.
Finally, I present to you the ultimate in sharing: JOB SWAPS! Katherine Thomas has collected a number of great links that will help you plan your epic inter-continental job swap or library exchange. This can be a great way to experience a new country, new library system, and new job!
In the spirit of sharing, feel free to share this post (how meta!) with people that might be interested.