I have written about how and why I value a subject PhD for some library jobs, and I have been known to get defensive when librarians question the commitment or values or whatever of non-MLS holding librarians.
At the same time (I am large, I contain multitudes), I think it is important that newly minted MLS’s have decent job opportunities. So I’ve worked hard over the last year to convert 2 jobs into entry-level librarian jobs, ideally suited for new MLS’s and/or early career librarians.
- Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries:
The Stanford University Library’s (SUL) Manuscripts Division is seeking an enthusiastic and creative individual to focus on the creation, maintenance, and enrichment of metadata representing the division’s digital and physical collections.
- Reference and Instruction Librarian, Learning and Outreach:
The Stanford University Libraries seek an enthusiastic, talented, outgoing, and intellectually curious individual to join our Learning and Outreach group. This position is ideal for a recent MLS graduate or early career librarian interested in reference, instruction, and student outreach.
Note that Stanford Libraries “is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.” Personally, I am committed to creating opportunities for librarians from groups who are underrepresented in librarianship.
I know 2 jobs make only a tiny dent in the problem of a severe job shortage for entry-level librarians, but it is a start, and it will make a difference for at least 2 librarians. Please help me spread the word about these 2 opportunities, and feel free to contact me if you want more information and/or are interested in applying.