Non-Traditional Job Search Terms, For Example

“Library jobs” may currently be waning, but there are many other jobs that LIS grads are uniquely qualified for.

I wanted to take a quick break from my own job hunt to share some of the keywords I’ve been using lately to expand my search, and to learn more about the jobs that interest me. All of the following are terms/jobs that I think relate to the education I received at Information/Library School.

Some of these I have encountered on library job boards, others are titles of librarians I’ve worked with, and some have been discovered as I used other key words in searches (a small number are the result of wishful thinking on my part).

There’s a great list over at INALJ (I Need a Library Job), in a column on the right-hand side of the page.

Here are my own (I’ve tried to list variations-of-similar together):

  • Information Professional
  • Information Specialist
  • Information Management Specialist
  • Information Management
  • Information Analyst
  • Information Resources Coordinator
  • Information Resource Officer
  • Researcher
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Consultant
  • Research Associate
  • Research Officer
  • Community Manager
  • Librarian
  • Digital Services Librarian
  • Metadata Services Librarian
  • Cataloguing Librarian/Cataloguer
  • Reference Services Librarian
  • Reference Librarian
  • Librarian I
  • Librarian II
  • Archivist Librarian
  • Digital Archivist
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digital Preservation Librarian
  • Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator
  • Digital Preservation Analyst
  • Knowledge Management
  • Records Management
  • Project Analyst
  • Archivist
  • Visitor Experience Coordinator
  • Communications Specialist
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Grant Writer and Researcher
  • Development Officer (development postings I find often require a few years experience with donors – but it’s worth a shot, especially if you’ve taken related courses)

It’s just a starting point, of course. Indeed, there are certain trends to this list, with broader categories such as:

  • Research
  • Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Information
  • Digital
  • Services

Which can be combined with other words like:

  • Analyst
  • Officer
  • Coordinator
  • Specialist

To broaden your own search in different ways.

Do you know of any other resources for job search terms to help library and information students and new graduates to find jobs that relate to their skills? What terms have you encountered in your own search?

Just for fun, since it’s Friday:


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