The Library Musings of Jaime Huaman

Archive for the month “October, 2011”

Blogging for the GHL

Back in 2009, while working at the State Library of North Carolina, I created, managed, and wrote for the GHL Blog. I blogged on the GHL Blog under the name “Government and Heritage Library”.  I stopped blogging for the GHL in 2010 when I accepted another position at the State Library.  However, I will be blogging for the GHL Blog again for a few months. I will be blogging as Jaime (NC State Publications Clearinghouse) and will be blogging on State Doc pick of the week. The State Doc Pick of the Week is a weekly blog post that highlights print and digital items that the State Library has in their State Publications Collection.

To see the GHL Blog click here:


Library Website: Open Cover Letters

Open Cover Letters

Have you ever wondered what successful library candidates are putting in their cover letters?  Thanks to Stephen X. Flynn, Emerging Technologies Librarian at the College of Wooster, and creator of Open Cover Letters we no longer have to wonder. Open Cover Letters provides a place where you can search for cover letters from librarians in a variety of positions such as library instruction, reference, recent graduate, and department head to name a few.  The cover letters on the website are sent in by successful job candidates and verified by Flynn.  Personal information pertaining to the institution and person are blacked out.

Creating a well written cover letter is vital in the job search.  If you can’t effectively communicate your skills and how it relates to the position then you have less of a chance of getting selected for an interview. Open Cover Letters provides a site for job searchers to see the strategies of successful job seekers.

Click here to go to Open Cover Letters:

Webinar Alert!

Webinar Alert!!

The ALA is presenting a free webinar on how to prepare a portfolio for the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC).  This program is ran  by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA).  This program offers recognition competency in the library field from the ALA.  This hour long webinar will be at 2 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

To sign up for this webinar click here:

To read more about the LSSC program click here:

Placements & Salaries Survey 2010: Stagnant Salaries, Rising Unemployment

Library Journal has released it’s annual Placements & Salaries survey. This year “1,996 respondents representing 38.7% of the approximately 5160 2009 LIS graduates, found an uptick in starting salaries, but bigger bumps in part-time and temporary jobs, an expanding gender gap, setbacks for minority graduates, and a drop in the number of total graduates.”  Topics in the report include:

Read the full report by clicking here:

Blogging about library issues

Welcome to my first blog entry. While this is my first personal blog, it is not my first time working with blogs.  Back in 2009, while working at the State Library of North Carolina, I created, managed, and wrote for the GHL Blog. I blogged on the GHL Blog under the name “Government and Heritage Library”.  My goal with this blog is to provide my opinions on issues in the greater library community.

I am particularly interested in social media, outreach, and library instruction. I have extensive experience in using social media sites such as Facebook, twitter, and blogs for outreach purposes.

I also plan to post any professional development opportunities that I come across and tools that I found particularly useful.  My goal is to do at least one post a week.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!

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