Q: I am about to be a first-time mom. I have been looking for online library jobs, but have not had much luck. I’m not really sure where to look. I have a few years of experience under my belt (in public and academic libraries). I really love library user instruction, but I have experience with reference, instruction, cataloging, research, collection development, and much more. I might be moving to a smaller city where there are no librarian positions currently open. Do you have any suggestions for finding a job in a small market, finding an online job, or alternatives to library careers?
TA: Sounds like you have an excellent breadth of experience which will make you a really marketable candidate for in person or online jobs. It also sounds like you’re thinking broadly about types of jobs, so that further enhances your ability to find work because you’re not limiting yourself to a narrow definition. Check out the previous articles on finding online jobs to explore those options. And a smaller city has benefits, with a closer community and an easier connection to other professionals. You might want to consider volunteering at the public library or with town government to get to know others in town and as a way to make your skills known to others.