Library Success In About 10 Slides

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Originally presented at the SLA Europe, BIALL and CLSIG Graduate Open Day, on the 17th April 2013.

The slides are not as attractive as my usual decks as they were in accordance with corporate branding requirements.

Notes from my talk can be found here: http://libwig.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/clsig-biall-and-sla-europe-graduate-open-day/

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Library Success In About 10 Slides

  1. 1. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONSENERGYINFRASTRUCTURE, MINING AND COMMODITIESTRANSPORTTECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATIONPHARMACEUTICALS AND LIFE SCIENCESLibrary Success In About 10 SlidesBIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open DaySam WigginsInformation Officer[17/04/2013]
  2. 2. BIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open Day2Who am I?Chartered LibrarianInformation OfficerLibrarianship MAPart-time Volunteer(in a non-contentious sense)Indecisive HistoryUndergraduateGraduate Trainee
  3. 3. BIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open Day3What am I doing here?• What skills are required for work in ‘special’ libraries?• How does one obtain them?• Raising your profile• A few words of caution
  4. 4. BIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open Day4Skill setsTwo sides to specialist library work• Traditional “core” skill set• Acquired, tailored skills*Caveat* this does apply to a certain extent to every job role, but that is partly the point
  5. 5. BIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open Day5Breaking the Circle“I can’t getexperience asI don’t have ajob”“I needexperience toget a job”
  6. 6. BIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open Day6Identifying and Applying SkillsCore:• Research Skills• Cataloguing• Information Management• IT literacy• Team skills• Current awareness skills• Ability to train othersAcquired:• Legal knowledge/research• Commercial knowledge• Product specific knowledge• Understanding of cost information• Resource understanding
  7. 7. BIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open Day7“Enthusiasm, a fresh set of eyes, up-to-date digital skills, new ideas”“Drive to achieve and progress”“Open to new ways of thinking and doing things”“A natural curiosity”
  8. 8. BIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open Day8“cheaper labour”
  9. 9. BIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open Day9“Eagerness to learn”“Enthusiasm”“Good grasp of general knowledge”“Shows initiative”“People skills and can quickly build a rapport”
  10. 10. BIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open Day10Raising your profileStand out on your CV, and in your interview• Blog• Tweet (sensibly)• Apply for things• Don’t wait to be asked….Does it matter?
  11. 11. Any Questions?@LibwigLibwig.wordpress.comLinkedin.com/in/SamuelWigginsBIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Graduate Open Day11

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