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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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  • e.g., economic consulting firmAt an economic consulting firm, I organized their collection of materials and created a directory
  • Reflect the core values of librarianship – noble profession
  • http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes254021.htm
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    • 1. Library and
      information
      professionals
      &
      Graduate
      studies
      Jeffery Loo, MLIS MSc PhD
      Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library
      UC Berkeley
      at UC Berkeley
    • 2. "The first thing you need to do
      is update your résumé."
    • 3. 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
    • 4. Think of a moment
      when information
      made a BIG difference
      Discovering a new idea
      Finding a solution to a problem
    • 5. 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
    • 6. What do librarians and information professionals do?
      A brief tour of LIS professional profiles
      from mypersonal experiences
    • 7. Teacher/Children's Librarian
      She read to us
      Helped us find a book to read for fun or for our homework
    • 8. Information specialist/consultant
      Business and corporate environments are possible
      For example, organizing information resources and providing researchservices
    • 9. Public Librarian
      Answers to all sorts of questions
      • Recipes for cookies
      • 10. Why cheddar cheese is orange?
      • 11. Help on science fair projects and homework assignments
      • 12. Books on household repair
      • 13. Help with taxes and business issues
      Democracy in action
      an informed citizenry
    • 14. 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
    • 15. 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
    • 16. Emerging and non-library positions
      Roles: Information architect, metadata specialist, and more
      Environments: Information technology sector, associations, foundations, NGO’s
    • 17. Special Libraries
      Law
      Museums
      Business
      and more ….
      Art
    • 18. Academia
      Information and Library Science faculty
    • 19. 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
    • 20. There is something for everyone
      Librarians & information professionals
      Information
      People
      Technology
    • 21. Studying to be a librarian or information professional
      Graduate programs (1 – 2 years)
      • ALA-accredited MLIS degree (Directory of schools)
      • 22. MSIS degrees (does not focus on libraries)
      Generally, you will study:
      • Organization of information
      • 23. Information center management
      • 24. Developing in-person and online services
      • 25. Information technology
      • 26. Electives for your specialization
    • Tips for aspiring information professionals
      Check out:
      • library and information associations
      • 27. information and library science schools
      Talk to information professionals
      Consider librarianship as a Plan Bor “second career”
    • 28. 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
    • 29. 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
    • 30. haiku summary
      helping people tocollect, share, and use info –a noble career

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