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A recent survey conducted by LibGig, our staffing and recruiting division, resulted in some great feedback on what works—and what could be improved upon—in online job boards, recruiting and other career services for library and information management professionals. One of the most commonly cited frustrations? Getting relevant search results when words like "library" and "librarian" are no longer sufficient for gaining...

Cinecon is a celebration of forgotten films from the silent and early sound era of movie-making that features screenings, celebrity guests, one of the country's top movie memorabilia shows, plus live piano accompaniment for the silent films! This year's event, Cinecon 52, will be at the Egyptian Theater at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard from Thursday evening, September 1 through Monday, September 5. According to Stan...

Still photo archiving beyond preservation A recent discovery in the photo collections of one of our Hollywood studio clients has served as a startling reminder of the importance of what we at PRO-TEK are doing for that particular still photo archive. As a part of our inventory pursuant to the digital scanning of the silent Metro collection, we came across an unidentified,...

I’m Erin Antognoli, and I work as the Metadata Librarian on-site at the National Agricultural Library, Knowledge Services Division (NAL/KSD). While I work with metadata a considerable amount, the small size of our division allows me a variety of day-to-day activities, so my title reflects only a portion of the work I do. Making a scientific database useful and user-friendly I spend...

The top librarian position in the United States is arguably the Librarian of Congress. The turnover in this position is quite low, as there have only been thirteen since the role was established in 1802. That was because the role didn’t end – the Librarian could continue to serve even with a change of administration. However, recent legislation refines that. The...

Sometimes a career path is like an expressway, starting with an early on-ramp from college or other post-secondary training and making smooth, successive lane changes on the way to a well-defined destination. Another career path may resemble a scenic route, with lots of twists, turns and time for exploring what’s out there, with endpoints that are more of a moving...

What are your research challenges? When you can’t find the information you seek, it may require tapping into creativity and persistence, traits that all good researchers possess. Yet many people would not use creativity and research for information in the same sentence. We believe they go hand in glove. Especially when it comes to the challenges that happen at either end...

Last week we talked about the employment trend of the contingent workforce, referencing Workforce 2020, a global research project that involved both executives and employees. One of the findings: 83% of executives say they will be increasing the use of contingent, intermittent, or consultant employees. This shift to greater use of contractors and contingent workers will require other shifts, including the need to update and change HR...

We’re Hiring! That is a permanent menu item on our website and a button on every edition of our e-newsletter, The Curator. As providers of Library as a Service® (LaaS), we are always hiring people with information management skills and experiences. Library as a Service is essentially a contracted and/or contingent workforce of librarians, researchers and other information professionals. Some of our clients outsource the entire administration...

Negotiation skills have become an invaluable soft skill for library directors and other professionals in the library and information sciences. Especially in regard to two areas where good negotiators have an edge: Maximizing Library Resources When budgets, staff and other resources are constrained and closely scrutinized, negotiation skills can make the difference between getting what you need or going without. Maximizing...

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