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January 2006, Week 2


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Jana Liebermann <[log in to unmask]>
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Jana Liebermann <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 9 Jan 2006 10:29:49 -0500
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I'd like to see replies to the list on this one!!!

I graduated in 1993, and was advised to take a first job in the field of
Librarianship, and move to health sciences librarianship.  That it was very
difficult to get a first job in a special library, as a rule.  But, my first
job began less than 2 months after I graduated at a Hospital Library.   It
did not require my masters, but they were awfully glad to have me
(especially after I left, and they realized that without an MLS, their
accreditation for the nursing school was not secure).   Since then, I've
been exclusively medical -- hospital --> academic medical --> regional
medical --> and now government medical.

Advice --

Apply even though it asks for experience.   Some jobs may like what they see
in your resume and call you in.

Get good opportunities to interview -- it can only help you get that perfect
job later.

Join MLA and your local Chapter of MLA and start meeting medical
librarians.   Network.   Most jobs are still found through networking

Volunteer in a medical library.  Take on the jobs no one wants to do, like
shelfreading, or shelving.  They'll love you, and give you a good
recommendation!!   Also, you may get to do other things.

Stay positive!   Looking for a job is tough at any age.   Good for you for
asking questions!!

On 1/9/06, Lisa Bertrand <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi! I am an MLS grad and am looking for advice on becoming a medical
> librarian... Feel free to reply on or off the list! Thanks in advance!
> --
> Jana C. Liebermann
> Policy Information Center Library
> Health and Human Services
> 200 Independence Ave SW, room 445F
> Washington DC  20201
> (202) 690-7297