Careers in Federal Libraries Long Island University Palmer School


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Slides for LIU October 2012 event hosted by Ellen Mehling and Janie Medina (other speakers Kathel Dunn, NLM, and Danielle Walker, NAL).

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Careers in Federal Libraries Long Island University Palmer School

  1. 1. Careers in Federal Libraries September, 2012Pr esenter : Nancy Gomez Faget LIU #CareersFedLib
  2. 2. Career History•1998 MLIS, LSU•1999 Department of Army (intern for the Army Corps of EngineersHeadquarters library)•2000 Army Corps of Engineers (electronic resources librarian)•2005 GPO Federal Depository Library Program (senior planningspecialist)•2012 Army Research Laboratory (Information Resources CenterBranch Chief)Awards•2011 LSU Alumna of the Year•2010 ALA Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round TableDistinguished Service Award
  3. 3. My path to federal librarianship •Do I want to work for the government? •Do I want to be a school librarian? •Do I want to be a public librarian? •Do I want to be a special librarian?
  4. 4. You are qualified to be aLibrarian Content Manager Taxonomist Program Analyst Writer/Editor Knowledge Manager Bioinformationist Social Media SpecialistAssociate Fellow Metadata Specialist Program & Development Specialist Technical Information Specialist …and more
  5. 5. Consult these Sources• "What I Wish Id Learned In Library School”• Hack Library School•Federal Cybersecurity: Scholarship for Service foryour next degree?
  6. 6. Federal Libraries• medical, academic, school, public, law, scientific technical• all around the world• you can transfer between libraries and stay with the same employer
  7. 7. Structure of Federal government(multiple libraries in every agency)
  8. 8. Many avenues of entryOutstanding Scholar, Temporary, Pathways, Summer hire, Volunteer, Practicum, Field Experience, Internship, Fellowship, Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) and Technology Fellows, National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow, Scholarship for Service (Cybersecurity) See CRS report
  9. 9. Want to analyze information?You must be a U.S. CitizenMales born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service2 vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DCDUTIES & REQUIREMENTS:Identifies procedural problems in program operations, using quantitative or qualitativemethods. Conducts studies on operating programs. Analyzes findings. Makesrecommendations in reports. Studies proposed legislation and/or regulations for impact onprograms. Researches current or new management practices for application to programs or
  10. 10. Want to create content?DUTIES & REQUIREMENTS:•write interpretive content as the park editor•interprets the features of Acadia National Park through formal and informalcontacts with the visiting public, researching, writing, & preparinginterpretive publications, website content•requires excellent communication skills (writing, speaking, editing, layout);facility with a wide range of computer programs, and ability to meetdeadlines•specialized experience may include writing and editing materials such as reports,regulations, articles, newsletters, magazines, brochures, interpretivehandbooks, pamphlets, guidebooks, scholarly works, reference works,speeches, or scripts• development, analysis, and selection of appropriate information andpresentation of the information in a form and at a level suitable to audience
  11. 11. Want a more traditional job? Electronic Resources Librarian Systems Librarian Collection Management Librarian Supervisory Librarian Reference Librarian Cataloging Librarian Embedded Librarian
  12. 12. Your future colleagues• ALA Federal & Armed Forces Libraries Roundtable• SLA Military Librarians Division• SLA Government Information Division• FEDLINK at Library of Congress
  13. 13. Nancy Gomez Faget Federal