Resources for Job Seekers

Professional Resources and Organizations

American Library Association
Organization for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services.

ALA Allied Professional Association The organization for the advancement of library employees

Colorado Association of Libraries
Organization that advocates quality library services in Colorado.

Special Libraries Association
Organization for information professionals working in business, government, law, finance, non-profit, and academic organizations and institutions.

Rocky Mountain Chapter SLA (RMSLA)
Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) for members in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

Colorado Educator Licensing for K-12 Librarians
Contact information, application deadlines, and fee information for those pursuing educator licenses.

Colorado State Library
A division of the Colorado Department of Education that develops library-related policies, activities, and assistance for school, public, academic, and special libraries.

Colorado Department of Education
Agency that provides leadership, resources, support, and accountability to the Colorado's school districts, schools, and educators.


Master of Library and Information Science Programs

University of Denver Library and Information Science Program
Program that allows students to earn a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree.

Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management
Program that allows students to earn a Master of Library Science and/or Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Management degree in Emporia, KS, or from Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Orem, or Portland.

University of Colorado Denver School Library Program
Program that allows students to earn an Master of Information and Learning Technologies degree with an emphasis in School Library.

ALA Accredited Programs
Searchable database for ALA-accredited programs that grant master's degrees in library and information studies.

Colorado Resources

Colorado's Website
The State of Colorado's official government website.

Colorado.comTourism Website

Colorado Department of Higher Education - Colleges and Universities
Directory of all the colleges and universities in Colorado, with addresses, contact information, and information about acceditation, and type of institution.

Other Library Job Searches

A service provided by the ALA for both LIS employers and job seekers; employers may post positions, and job seekers may search for positions, upload their resumes, subscribe to RSS feeds, and more.

Association of Research Libraries Position Announcements
A service provided by the ARL for LIS job seekers to find positions in academic and research libraries; the list is sortable by library, institution, state, and closing date.

Job Hunting Help

I Need a Library Job
A website created by an LIS student that offers numerous job-hunt resources, including job postings (with the option to subscribe to daily e-mails), articles, and question-and-answer transcripts of interviews with those who have been successful in finding LIS positions.

Hiring Librarians
A blog created by an LIS graduate that provides links to job-hunt resources, and question-and-answer transcripts from interviews with LIS employers about what they value in applicants.

LIS Wiki - How to Apply for a Library Job
A guide that contains checklists, guidelines, tips, and tricks for how to obtain an LIS position. Job HuntingThe Library and Information Science Professional's Career Development Center

Resume Tips

Crafting a Winning Resume by Tiffany Eatman Allen from
A guide for creating a solid resume that includes information on types of resumes, presentation, and content.

The Perfect Resume by Amy C. Whitmer from
A guide for creating a solid resume that focuses on what not to do.

Cover Letter Help

Making Your Cover Letter Work For You by Tiffany Eatman Allen and Richard A. Murray, from
A guide for creating a solid solid cover letter.

Interview Tips and Suggestions

Telling Stories to Get the Job by John Glover, from
A guide for LIS job hunters to prepare for interviews, with a series of hypothetical interview questions and responses.


Career Q&A with the Library Career People from
A collection of questions and responses regarding LIS employment

Beyond the Job
An archive of career development opportunities for information professionals from 2003 to 2011.

Suggested Reading

Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques That Work:  A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians by Robert Newlen
A guide for creating a solid resume and interviewing for LIS positions; includes sample resumes for different library positions.

New Librarian, New Job:  Practical Advice for Managing the Transition by Cory Tucker and Reeta Sinha
A guide for librarians new to the profession, with advice on adapting to new librarian roles, promotions, and using new technologies.

The Librarian's Career Guidebook by Priscilla K. Shontz
A guide for just about everything related to an LIS career - from choosing an LIS program, to succeeding in a librarian role.