LIS-specific job sites
Many associations – and their divisions and other special interest groups – have their own job boards; sometimes these are available to members only, other times to the public. A wise strategy would be to check out any and all associations that correspond to your career interest (see LIS professional associations) and then check to see 1) if they post job openings, 2) if you have to be a member to access them, and 3) if possible to ascertain, roughly how many new job openings they post per month (to see if this is a resource worth monitoring). Also, In addition to the resources listed below, several of the MLIS programs and many of the state libraries and/or state or regional library associations post job listings.
Academic Employment Network (AEN)
Lists positions in primary and secondary higher education for faculty, staff, and administrative professionals.
Go-to resource for “careers, jobs, and internships in the world of archives & records management.” Blog format; sign up to be notified of new job posts or browse the site’s hundreds of jobs by state, number of years’ required experience, degree, “digitization,” “government,” or “permanent.”
From The Chronicle of Higher Education, this site lists thousands of faculty and other college and university job postings.
Code4Lib Job Board
Interesting range of LIS jobs for those with software skills, focused on organizations in the cultural heritage space (e.g., libraries, museums, special collections, archives). Within those parameters, the Code4Lib job board offers a fascinatingly broad range of job titles and employers.
Higher Ed Jobs
Faculty and staff positions listed for hundreds of higher education institutions.
I Need a Library Job (INALJ)
Librarian Naomi House, working with a dedicated team of volunteers, had as her goal to aggregate every single LIS job posting not only in North America but globally as well. House has since moved on to a new opportunity, but the site remains a terrific resource for LIS job-hunters. Updated daily; sign up for the e-mail alerts to be apprised of an ongoing flow of new job opportunities.
Job Zone / Library Journal
Search jobs by category (academic libraries, children’s/young adult, management, public libraries, school libraries, technical). Postings include title, company/organization, location, and job description, often including salary.
Joblist / ALA
Approximately 350 job listings primarily in traditional libraries. Check out the FAQs for using the search function most effectively, and the Career Resources section for helpful job-hunting and landing tips. Unfortunately there’s no way to save a search or set up an alerting service.
Sponsored by LAC, the staffing, consulting, and placement firm specializing in information curation and knowledge management, LibGig is a content-rich source of information about the profession, include a career Q&A section, several excellent blogs, news, career profiles, events, newsletters, and links to LIS schools. Of special interest for job-seekers, however, are its job board and job alerts.
General job listing sites
An important part of exploring how many different ways your LIS skills might be applied is to understand how they match up with non-LIS jobs. The sites below provide plenty of jobs to explore; try running some potential job titles to see what you find.
In addition, if you know you’re interested in working for a specific organization, don’t forget to go to their website and see if they have a “careers” or “jobs” page that allows you to sign up for job alerts.
Find jobs, set up job alerts, post a resume, explore by location of job type within category (for example, college, human resources, information technology, nonprofit). Other search options include searching by company, by industry, in Spanish, and by international jobs. Register for e-mailed job opening alerts.
CareerOneStop > Jobs
Extraordinarily rich source of information about government jobs and careers in general. Research industries, careers, salary information, and more here. Data is generally pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which means that most of the information you find based on a search for “librarian” or library will reflect traditional library positions.
Many public library jobs are actually (local) government jobs, so fit within the categories covered by this commercial website. But also consider using the site to explore other types of LIS jobs, using search terms such as records, research, catalog, and others. One of the most useful aspects of this site is that almost all job postings list a salary or salary range.
Central clearinghouse for social-good organizations and the jobs and internships they have available. Searchable by type (all types, jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, action opportunities, people, organizations, events, blogs); keyword, skill, or interest; and location.
Post resumes, search jobs by job title, keywords, or company state filtered by city, state, or zip code. Indeed scrapes job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages.
Job aggregator for open positions in Canada, supplemented by additional services like a salary calculator, connections with volunteer opportunities, and resume writing services.
LinkedIn > Jobs
Job listings posted by the hundreds of companies with a LinkedIn presence. Search by company name, keywords, or industry, and/or sign up to start following specific companies to receive alerts about recent developments, employees who have recently joined, left, or been promoted by companies of interest, and receive information about job openings. (Requires you to have a LinkedIn profile, which is free.)
Similar in scope to Careerbuilder, Monster’s primary focus is job listings and resume posting, but it has also branched out with education partners, career networking, and career advice message boards. If you’re really interested in career exploration, consider signing up for Monster Career News, their online e-newsletter.
The Riley Guide
The Riley Guide (now part of the MyPerfectResume site) doesn’t post jobs itself but links to hundreds of sites that do (un-annotated, listed alphabetically). In addition, it also lists all sorts of career how-to resources on topics like business etiquette, changing careers, and internships, fellowships, and work exchange programs. An extensive, content-rich, very useful career resource.
Search by job title, skills or company; city, state, or zip code; category; and advanced search. Simply Hired “scrapes” job listings from company sites, job boards and the web. See also the site’s Job Salaries, Job Trends, and Job Search/Career Tips.
The starting point for exploring federal jobs. See the Resource Center for pretty much everything you ever needed to know about applying for a federal government job. A search on the keyword “libraries” brought up 52 open positions at the beginning of 2015, but it would be useful to search by several terms to see what other opportunities might be available though not listed under the libraries search term. Bonuses: you can save your search, set up an RSS feed, and see in the job posting what the pay is.
Search job by keyword/title and city or province, plus browse jobs by broad category (administrative, finance, healthcare, retail, technology, etc.). In addition, post resumes and check out multiple additional career resources such as articles, salary calculators, resume advice, and further education resources. A key resource for Canadian jobs.