Current MLIS students live in a digital age. Professional associations and journals aren’t the only access point for information. In this information age, MLIS students have access to the entirety of the Internet to network and acquire information. Finding a job in this market is all about “brand promotion” and the brand is…you. When you’re up against 15 other applicants will stellar grades and qualifications, what will be the element that makes your resume shine? Students need to be active on social media and forums, comment on popular, well-read blogs and join twitter and LinkedIn discussions. In other words, you need to network and market yourself before you even graduate.
Blogs and wikis, while not always the beacon of accurate information depending on the subject, can be useful for the aspiring librarian. Librarian blogs can be one place to gauge the temperature of the current climate. ALA divisions, such as ACRL have their own blogs which are valuable resources as well, but nothing beats reading the experiences of someone in the trenches.
A few blogs to consider:
The Academic Librarian, written by a Princeton librarian, provides insight into the world one working in the field of academic librarians (my preferred career path.)
The Daring Librarian, is not only a wealth of content, but also a paragon of how to set up a personal librarian blog if you want to be noticed among the fray. The Daring Librarian provides links to her e-portfolio, wikis, Flickr steam, and an additional school librarian blog.
Hiring Librarians also provides a wealth of information for current and future job seekers. This blog focuses specifically on librarian employment and hiring practices, and should be a must-read for every current MLIS student.
Another resource for current students are wikis. The Library Success wiki is a best-practices wiki that can assist current students.
The Academic Librarian wiki is a space where professionals can learn about the “professional status” of academic librarianship.
Wikis are an interesting animal, in that unlike a blog, generally written by one person from their point of view, wikis encourage global participation to add to the knowledge stream. In this manner, current students can participate in wikis, possibly providing resume-worthy content.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a quick snapshot of a few of the resources out there.