Resume Tips for Librarians and Information Professionals…01.22.09

22 01 2009

I came across a post last week on the Florida State College of Information entitled Resume Tips for Information Professionals by Susan Epstein which I thought would be worthwhile to excerpt and share in these dire economic times: “…The Career Center’s Resume Writing Guide can help you learn what’s included in a resume and various formats you may want to use, as well as featuring a list of positive-action verbs Two examples of very good librarian resumes can be found at and Both resumes are easy to follow and accurately describe the qualifications of the librarians. Several modifications I would make in the first resume (Jennifer Smith’s) are:

  1. In EDUCATION, switch “The University of Albany…” with “Master of Library Science” and “Babidean…” with “Bachelor of Arts, English”
  2. In LIBRARY EXPERIENCE, put the verbs in her current position in the present tense and switch “Instructed students…” and “Provided reference service…” in her intern position and
  3. Create a SKILL AREAS category with subheadings Technology and Foreign Languages (adding a bullet in front of “Reading knowledge…”).

In the second resume (Mary Manager’s), I would omit the OBJECTIVE section, changing SUMMARY to PROFILE. Typically a new library studies graduate would put EDUCATION before EXPERIENCE, but in Mary’s case, EXPERIENCE before EDUCATION is fine as she has substantial professional library experience. In the PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS section, I would add the dates of membership in the same format as in the EXPERIENCE section…”

After posting this, I would like to add a helpful link:

6 Words That Make Your Resume Suck

  • Responsible for
  • Experienced
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Team player
  • Detail oriented
  • Successful Resume Writing And Interviewing Techniques That Work 

Keep a “stiff upper lip” in a job search and, of course, smile:






6 responses

18 09 2010
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Great post………..Thanks for sharing with us.

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9 09 2012
great resume template

An interesting discussion is worth comment. There’s no doubt that that you need to publish more about this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but typically people do not discuss these issues. To the next! Cheers!!

21 05 2013
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I almost never leave a response, but i did some searching and wound
up here Resume Tips for Librarians and Information Professionals01.
22.09 | The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog. And I do have 2 questions for you if it’s
allright. Could it be simply me or does
it look as if like a few of these remarks appear like they are written by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are posting at additional social sites, I would like to follow anything new you have to post.

Could you make a list of the complete urls of your social pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

22 05 2013

I did not write the article in question and it was written back in 2009.

Besides here, my Twitter feed is LoneWolfMLS. I am on Twitter as LoneWolfMLS. My Facebook presence is only for family and close friends.

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