While it is no secret that looking for one’s first job as a librarian can be difficult, especially in the current economic climate, the process can be even more challenging when one’s search must take place within a particular geographic area or region. For a variety of reasons, including financial constraints and family obligations, many entry-level candidates are not in a position to move to any part of the country and start their new lives as professional librarians. The need to focus a job search on a specific region, however, necessarily limits the number of available jobs. Developing a strong understanding of the job environment is vital to competing successfully for a small number of positions. When preparing to enter a highly competitive market, job seekers will find it advantageous to know more about what types of jobs are likely to be available, how lucrative the jobs might be, how much experience might be needed, and other concerns about the job market.

Publication Date

Spring 2012