It is falsely believed that librarian CVs should demonstrate a love for reading. Employers will be more interested in your organizational and record keeping skills. Academic qualifications in library studies and experience within the library setting are obvious advantages. Additional skills such as analytical and problem solving skills are also desirable.
Since many libraries are switching from the manual systems to the computerized systems for keeping records it would be an added advantage to demonstrate developed computer skills. These can have been developed through formal education, work experience or as a part of your volunteer experience. Be specific about the skills you posses e.g. excel, databases, SPSS etc
Sample Librarian CV
Carl Lewis Martin
&09 Cherry Street
Atlanta, Georgia 45999
Award: Masters in Library and Information Services
University: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Award: Bachelor of Art Double Major: English and History
University: University of Central Florida, Orlando
September 2005 to Date
Institute: Georgia Institute of Technology
Position: User Experience Librarian
January 2002 to April 2005
Position: Information Services Librarian and Distance Learning Service Coordinator
Institute: Riverside Institute of Technology
July 1998 to October 2001
Position: Reference and Instruction Librarian
University: California State University
June 1996 to April 1997
Position: Interim Web Coordinator
University: The George Washington University, Gelman Library
- Uncovering your Library’s reputation and promoting its services (personal article)
- Issues in Science and Technology Libraries (personal article)
- How to promote your Library (personal article)
- Moving beyond the Reference Desk (personal article)
- Using a contest to promote the Library (personal article)
- The Librarian (Personal Blog)
- Could a Library be any better (Personal Blog)
- Peer Review Reader for the American Society for Engineering Education.
- Editorial Board Member and Peer Review Reader for the Journal of Web Librarianship.
- Peer Review Reader for Library Quarterly.
- Workshop Facilitator, “How does the library make you feel? Focus groups for academic libraries.” ACRL – Pennsylvania, June 9, 2008.
- “Opening New Windows of Opportunity” Blended Librarian Webcast, 2008.
- Invited Speaker, “Think like a Media Mogul: experiential marketing for academic libraries.” ACRL – New England, UConn, April 18, 2008
- American Library Association (ALA)
- Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (AiMA)
- American Marketing Association
Awards, Honors, Fellowships
- Campus connector Award, 2007
- Movers and Shakers Library Journals Award, February 2007
- Georgia Tech University Award, year 2006
Areas of Research Interest
- Marketing, Advertising, & Promotions for Academic Libraries
- Customer Service/Perception Assessment
- Web Applications / Development
- The Social Web
Group & Committee Work
- Science and Technology Assessment committee, 2005 to 2007
- Distance Learning Group Statistic committee. 2003 to 2004
- Knowledge of the following web editing software: Dreamweaver MX and FrontPage.
- Experience creating online forms and dynamic content using Active Server Pages.
- Proficient working with MS Access and MySQL database development.
- Working Knowledge of the following graphical editing software: Fireworks and Photoshop.
- Experience using SPSS and Excel for quantitative analysis.
- Experience with scanning software and hardware.
- Experience conducting usability testing with audio & screen recording software.
- Experience assisting patrons with wireless access.
- Experience with WebCT, Blackboard, and Prometheus course management software.
- Knowledge of Voyager and Notis library management systems.
- Experience using Blackwell’s Collection Management online ordering service.