San Bernardino Valley
College First Annual Fall Convocation
"Work In All Environments:
Or, What Else Can I Do With My Library Technology Degree or Certificate?"
Speaker, Belinda Beardt
Let me start by saying, that you made the right decision to
pursue a career in the library and information field. This is just the
beginning of a great career where you will have unlimited career opportunities.
Just think: you can work anywhere
You will always find jobs in public (city and county), academic
(private and public colleges and universities) and school libraries (private
and public schools). These institutions will never go away. In addition, there
is a whole new world of opportunities in special libraries (non-public,
academic or school) such as state and federal libraries, non-profit
organization libraries, library products and services companies and subject
specialty libraries such as medical, law, corporate/business, engineering,
pharmaceutical, technology, media, entertainment, theology, music, languages,
art, and much more.
In each library or information center, there are many
different departments where you can work: adult/children/youth services,
reference, circulation, cataloging, technical services, acquisitions,
bookmobile, community relations/services, research and development,
fundraising, human resources/personnel, sales, customer service, information
technology and systems, administration and etc.
Library Support Staff titles will vary depending on library
environment and level of experience. You can start searching for jobs using the
following keywords: Library Page, Library Clerk, Library Coordinator, Library
Assistant, Assistant, Staff, Supervisor/Head/Manager,
Library Technical Assistant, Library Technician, Library
Technician, Library Technologist, Library
Specialist, Library Media Specialist, Information Specialist, Researcher and
Development Assistant. For a comprehensive list of library support staff titles
go to ALA
Library Support Staff Titles.
A library technology degree or certificate does not
automatically guarantee you a job. It qualifies you to be on the top of the
list of skilled candidates able to work in a library or information center. You
need to assess where you are in your career and position yourself for the
vs. AA Degree: if you are just exploring a career in the library and
information field, a certificate would give you a good overview of the library
and information profession. Should you decide not to pursue an MLIS degree in
the future, a few credits more would allow you to get your AA degree.
completion of your library technology program, be sure to notify your boss and
human resources. Submit a copy of your library technology certificate or degree
and an updated version of your resume for your employee file. This is an
opportunity for you to be recognized for all your hard work in completing the
program. It also shows your initiative to develop professionally. Your library
certificate or degree may even justify a pay raise or a future promotion within
getting an MLIS degree. It will open more opportunities for you at a
professional level. At some point, you may be working at the same level as a
librarian, but not compensated at the same pay range because you do not have an
A career in the library and information field has endless
possibilities. You can choose to work in traditional and non-traditional roles,
clerical to management levels, any library environment anywhere in the world
and at anytime as an entry level to retired library and information professional.