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This is a presentation to the UC Berkeley Gates Millennium Scholars on April 12, 2011.

This is a presentation to the UC Berkeley Gates Millennium Scholars on April 12, 2011.

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  • Library and
    information
    professionals
    &
    Graduate
    studies
    Jeffery Loo, MLIS MSc PhD
    Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library
    UC Berkeley
    at UC Berkeley
  • "The first thing you need to do
    is update your résumé."
  • Who are librarians and information professionals?
    Members of a helping profession
    Help through information
    Buildand organize a collection of information – and help people find and use this information
  • Think of a moment
    when information
    made a BIG difference
    Discovering a new idea
    Finding a solution to a problem
  • Information is anything that makes a difference
    Watching a video for entertainment
    Reading books or journal articles
    Checking Facebook for social updates
    Therefore, a career as an informational professional is wide-ranging and you can choose your specialization
  • What do librarians and information professionals do?
    A brief tour of LIS professional profiles
    from mypersonal experiences
  • Teacher/Children's Librarian
    She read to us
    Helped us find a book to read for fun or for our homework
  • Information specialist/consultant
    Business and corporate environments are possible
    For example, organizing information resources and providing researchservices
  • Public Librarian
    Answers to all sorts of questions
    • Recipes for cookies
    • Why cheddar cheese is orange?
    • Help on science fair projects and homework assignments
    • Books on household repair
    • Help with taxes and business issues
    Democracy in action
    an informed citizenry
  • Government Library
    Associate Fellowshipat the National Library of Medicine/NIH
    NLM develops databases of research materials
    Library of Congress
    Published an instruction manual as a digital book
    Fellowship opportunities
  • Academic Librarian
    Teach classes on finding information
    Answer reference questions
    Buy information resources
    Library information and computer systems projects
    Special projects/committees– educational initiatives, scholarly communications, diversity
  • Emerging and non-library positions
    Roles: Information architect, metadata specialist, and more
    Environments: Information technology sector, associations, foundations, NGO’s
  • Special Libraries
    Law
    Museums
    Business
    and more ….
    Art
  • Academia
    Information and Library Science faculty
  • Core values of librarianship
    Access
    Confidentiality/Privacy
    Democracy
    Diversity
    Education and Lifelong Learning
    Intellectual Freedom
    Preservation
    The Public Good
    Professionalism
    Service
    Social Responsibility
    ALA’s Core Values of Librarianship
  • There is something for everyone
    Librarians & information professionals
    Information
    People
    Technology
  • Studying to be a librarian or information professional
    Graduate programs (1 – 2 years)
    • ALA-accredited MLIS degree (Directory of schools)
    • MSIS degrees (does not focus on libraries)
    Generally, you will study:
    • Organization of information
    • Information center management
    • Developing in-person and online services
    • Information technology
    • Electives for your specialization
  • Tips for aspiring information professionals
    Check out:
    • library and information associations
    • information and library science schools
    Talk to information professionals
    Consider librarianship as a Plan Bor “second career”
  • General career
    Consider whether a professional career appeals to you (e.g., medicine, law, business, librarianship, and more)
    Professional careers:
    requires specialized training
    possesses shared characteristics, standards, and activities
    offers a path/structure for your career – institutions, standards, and work activities that help guide your future
  • Talk to people about their careers
    In general, people want to help.
    However, be polite and show interest.
    General career tips
    Career decisions
    can be scary
  • haiku summary
    helping people tocollect, share, and use info –a noble career