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Librarian conquers the job market with better titles

Posted on: April 28, 2005


Salary & Hiring Info Where the Jobs Are: Librarians Break Into Strategic Roles

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by Laura Stevens

Hiring demand for librarians is on the rise, even as corporate-library staffs see their numbers fall. To advance their careers, corporate librarians are leaving the stacks far behind.

The hottest jobs are in competitive-intelligence research, says Janice R. Lachance, executive director of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) in Washington, D.C. Many library positions no longer have "the L-word" in their job titles, she says. Instead, they may be called an information scientist, knowledge manager, taxonomist (someone who classifies information), information broker or market-research manager, says Sarah Johnson, Webmaster of LibraryJobPostings.org, a career site for professionals.

Mari Vaydik is an example of a librarian whose career path is taking a new twist. The 28-year-old earned a master’s degree in library science last year. Through networking with friends, she was invited to interview with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and started as its manager of development research five months ago. The job, which pays $40,000 a year, she says, requires research expertise, as well as people skills. Ms. Vaydik spends time "chatting it up" in the donors’ lounge before and after concerts, she says. She still considers herself a librarian.

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