You probably have acquired most of the skills anyone needs for serials
librarianship - except maybe for cataloging, if that's what you want to
If you apply for jobs in academic libraries where the librarians have
faculty status, you will probably need a 2nd Master's degree, if you
don't already have one. A lot of colleges and universities don't bestow
faculty status upon the librarians, but some still do. (It's a mixed
Also, if you don't have experience with electronic serials (aggregator
databases, e-journals, etc.) you might want to take some kind of
continuing education class. Some of us got our degrees when online
research meant pay-per-search (such as the old Dialog service). A class
or workshop on that topic might give you an edge over the competition .
. . depending, of course, on what kind of competition there is. At the
very least, it would be good preparation.
I'm sure others will have advise I've overlooked.
Good luck with your career!
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Dieden, Cynthia
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 2:08 PM
Subject: [SERIALST] Serials Career question
I am a periodicals supervisor and librarian at a medium-large public
library. I supervise two periodicals clerks, am responsibile for
serials control, claims, deletions (we don't bind), new magazines, as
well as other collection duties such as selection and weeding. In
addition, I participate on a number of committees and work on public
services desks (readers' advisory and reference). I have very limited
cataloging experience. To get to my question, I am interested in taking
another step (possibly into academic libraries) in serials. Would I be
qualified, in general and does anyone have any advice on skills to hone
or responsibilities to seek out to take this next step. Thank you for