If you would ike one-on-one advice about library careers, the following professionals are willing to discuss career options in librarianship with you on an individual or group basis. These people are members of the MLIS Program Associates, a group of representatives from library-related organizations who consult with the director of the MLIS program. Your best bet is to contact these people via email first, and then set up a time to talk on the phone or visit them. For those interested in academic libraries, there is a list of librarians who are willing to have you visit them, which provides a chance to talk about the job search and hiring process. If you want to see the list, ask me (email@example.com). If interested in public libraries, I would expect that you have already talked with your local librarians.
Librarian at Riker Danzig et al in Morristown, NJ
HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARIES
Library Coordinator at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ
OTHER SPECIAL LIBRARIES
Mary Jane McNally
Media Specialist at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ
There will be opportunities during the year to attend group sessions with a Rutgers Career Counselor on resume writing and interviewing, and to chat with working library and information professionals. So keep an eye out for announcements from SC&I Placement and the Rutgers University Special Libraries Association Student Group (RUSLA).
Networking with alumni and local members of professional associations can be extremely helpful in finding a job. Get in the habit of reading position announcements and want ads -- knowing what qualifications employers are seeking will help you to choose a career path and select appropriate courses. Also, keep your resume up to date so that you are ready to apply for part time jobs and/or internships.
Finally, consider attending meetings of one of the dozen library-related associations in New Jersey. Most are happy to have students come at reduced prices. For information about the New Jersey Library Association, check http://www.njla.org. Other New Jersey library associations are listed at http://www.njla.org/resources/organizations.html.