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+ Ignite the MLIS Ann Walker Smalley St. Catherine University MLIS Summit May 2, 2011
+ In the Beginning BFA, Art History, The Ohio State University Research Exhibit preparation from selection to catalog MLS, Kent State University Kent Public Library Practicum State Library of Ohio, State Agency Reference
+ State Library of Ohio: Library Development Division Administrative Assistant to Head of Consultants Research on library issues, library district boundaries, library policies, and more Consultation with local public libraries LSCA grant oversight Reference sub Statewide Programming for Bicentennial Long range planning
+ Battelle Memorial Institute Senior Research Consultant Research on library service, library structure, library networking Creating recommendations for change & how to enact change “Earn your salary” with proposal writing Clients Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped State Library of Virginia State Library of Pennsylvania Association of Research Libraries
+ Aspen Systems: Department Housing & Urban Development Library, Head of Public Service & Law Library First completely privatized federal library Required a lot of team development Management under stress Relationship building Proposal writing to maintain the contract
+ National Restaurant Association: Head of Information Services & Library Members only service Small business questions with restaurateurs Library-to-library questions from the big companies (General Mills, Dominos, Miller, Coke, McDonalds…) Manage writers for the research series Wrote for RestaurantsUSA magazine Worked in press room at the convention Moved the library
+ Commonalities of All These Jobs MLS Responsible to contribute dollars directly to the organization’s bottom line Proposal responses/grant writing Writing—reports, policies, plans Public speaking Public contact with clients & stakeholders Consulting
+ Commonalities Relationship building Independent work & teamwork Travel Long range planning Advocacy for personal advancement Information as a commodity Variety of responsibilities and projects
+ 13-year Sabbatical from Libraries Grant writing Writing Products for sale—non-profit earned income Curriculum writing PBS Series Content Director Freelance writing and editing for authors and publishers Freelance writer for local publications Contract research
+ More Odd Jobs Summer Enrichment programming for K-10 Started afterschool program for Grades 6-8 Hmong National Organization language help Desktop publishing Newsletter production Microbusiness in art fair world
+ All involved library skills Information collection & research Information analysis Information organization Information delivery Information application Content creation
+ Or skills learned as a librarian Long range planning Strategic thinking Grant writing Expository writing Public speaking Ability to learn independently—and quickly Dealing with difficult people
+ What did I learn on this sabbatical I really can apply my previous skills & experience in new settings Pay to play—volunteer, professional associations, relationships, availability More grant writing—Common application, non-library federal grants, private foundations Non-profit management Value of earned income to organizations Importance of personal & professional advocacy How to work with Minnesotans
+ Re-entry into librarianship State Library of Minnesota as multitype system consultant & media program An introduction to Minnesota libraries How the library world changed An instructive not-quite-a-year Government shutdown 9/11 Strike Layoff
+ WomenVenture Time to re-examine Self-analysis Where to go next Result I do like bring a librarian and like library people I want to stay connected to libraries What next?
+ Freelance Librarian Metronet Check It Out studies of school library media programs MILI development SELCO/SELS ELM database lesson plans Senior Techies Online help using screencasting MELSA Customer service workshop series MLA/MEMO Committees & presentations Minnesota Library Council
+ Metronet Director Ability to visualize projects Find the funding Develop partnerships Reach out to all types of libraries Present in multiple venues
+ Free Advice to Ignite the MLIS Choose your supervisors and mentors wisely Find lots of opportunities to determine your particular skills Hone your skills Stretch—write, present, share Don’t be afraid to sell your skills (literally) Advocate for yourself & libraries Be involved in library and other associations
+ Get Out of the Library-centric Way Of Thinking Look outside libraries for inspiration, procedures, services, training. Work or volunteer somewhere else—experience how they do things. Define and re-define yourself. Use libraries other than your own. Do not spend your entire career in one job or in one place. Expect and accept change—seek it out.
+ Once a Librarian, Always a Librarian Ann Walker Smalley, MLS firstname.lastname@example.org @annws 651.646.0475