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  • 1.  Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-22-2022 07:31
    I am fairly new to SLA. I'm currently a graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi obtaining my MLIS. I will be done by next semester. I have changed careers lete in life because of my passion for military history, so I'm not the average age of a graduate student (42).  I wan hoping to get some advice on how to go about finding my first job in the field. I live in Pennsylvania and have been noticing that you may have to move to where a opportunity arises. Just some quick thoughts would be extremely helpful!!! Thank you

    Danielle Russano-Simpkins
    University of Southern Mississippi

  • 2.  RE: Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-25-2022 08:54
    Danielle, hello from a fellow USM grad!
    You've already made the first step--connecting with the Military Libraries Community!

    First, make an account with USAJOBS, and create a saved search. The primary job series to search for is 1410, Librarian; you can also look at 1412, Technical Information Specialist. Some people also look at 1411, Library Technician, as a way in. The starting grade for Librarians is GS-09 (or NAF-4 for General/MWR libraries).
    Use the USAJOBS resume builder instead of uploading your own, and don't follow the traditional resume advice of 2 pages. Make it as long as necessary (after 30+ years working for DOD, mine is 7 pages).

    Yes, you will have to move, but some positions may pay your way. 

    With your interest in military history, check out the Army War College Library,, in Carlisle, PA.

    Gloria Miller
    US Army Futures Command

  • 3.  RE: Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-28-2022 09:42
    Actually I just applied for an internship on USAJobs for a special project internship that's virtual but I plan on revising my resume specifically for USA jobs I was wondering if you would be okay with taking a look at it and give me some guidance?

  • 4.  RE: Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-29-2022 08:00
    I'll send you my work email. Understanding the Federal application process is half the battle.

    Gloria Miller
    US Army Futures Command

  • 5.  RE: Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-25-2022 10:06


    I pursued my MLS at the age of 50 and always knew that I would have to be geographical mobile. I did lots of unpaid internships during my MLS program to get my name and face in front of employers. I even thought that if I couldn't find work, that I would join the Peace Corp. I studied to become a medical librarian; however, I was in the right place at the right time and Rolls-Royce offered me a permanent position. I jumped on that and even though the position was only to have lasted a year, I have now been employed by RR for 15+ years! I absolutely love it.


    Gabriele (Gabi) Hysong, MLS (she/her)

    If you can't find the information you need in 10 minutes, contact the Librarian!


    Information Operative

    Library & Knowledge Services Center– Indianapolis

    Rolls-Royce Corp.  450 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225


    + 1 317-373-7047




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  • 6.  RE: Some Advice and guidence!!

    Posted 07-28-2022 09:39
    Thank you so much for your advice. I just applied for a internship for USAJOBS for a Special projects intern. Keep your fingers crossed!!