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What I Wish I’d Known in
Library School
Julia Garnett
ALIA State Manager, NSW
@ALIAsmNSW
ALIA
Willoughby

Canterbury
my background…
Customer Service
& Marketing
QUT Library

Cataloguing
my background…
Crowdsourcing the Question
“What is a monograph anyway?”
Career
Career Paths
Assistant
No qualification

Professional
Bachelor, Post Grad Dip or
Masters

or, current students

Manager
Te...
“there's more librarians than jobs. Every
vacancy will have heaps of applicants, so
rejection doesn't mean you suck.”
@sia...
“Lack of job prospects. Can be a long
road.”
@DaveHoneybone
“Basically your job may end up being IT
.
Are you ok with this?”
@siandart
Flexibility
be willing to move
don't forget about rural opportunities
consider corporate, medical, law, public,
university...
“there's more to it than the "l" word- what
else can I be? Info architect? Knowledge
manager?”
@liber_amoris
The Search

Make online job boards work for you
Create a LinkedIn profile (and update it)
Attend conferences and events
Co...
Stand Out!
The Search

Keep at it! (Average is about 6 months)
Take a friend along to events and support
each other
Don’t be afraid t...
Professional Development
“The importance of continuing
professional development in your own
time. Employers can't do your PD for you.”
@sallysetsfo...
Professional Development
Be responsible for your own development
Plan beyond your formal education
Track your professional...
“which skills etc are most needed and
help getting work in a tough market. And
that degrees are great but experience is
ne...
Attending a Conference

Looking for work?
Look at what the industry will need next
Network, network, network

Got a Job?
K...
Information Online

Take advantage of ALIA member and student
rates
Follow @InfoOnline for updates
2-6 February 2015 in Sy...
New Librarians Symposium

Amazing experience for students, new grads,
new librarians, library technicians and
assistants…
...
Mini Conference

Small, one-day conferences

- not as intimidating for first-time speakers!
Submit an abstract
Present to ...
"Unconference"
LibraryCamp
Unmeash
!

Run by attendees, for attendees
The program is put together on
the day
Relevant, rec...
“get on twitter and build professional
connections & a personal learning
network. It can be an important lifeline in
your ...
Social Media
Be Professional Online
Personal Learning Networks

Start building your network NOW
Lifeline during your studies, research assignments,
your first...
Mentoring

Get a Peer Mentor
Find a Mentor
Join the International Librarians Network
(ILN)
Follow Awesome People
International Librarians Network
Resources

International Librarians Network

http://ilnetwork.wordpress.com
Zenith

http://www.zenmgt.com
The One Umbrella...
People in the Profession
!

Pens and phones at the ready!
You’ll want to follow these people…
People in the Profession

“But you don’t look like a librarian” - Ruth Kneale
“Design Thinking” - Zaana Howard
“Cool and C...
Ruth Kneale
Systems Librarian for the
Advanced Technology Solar
Telescope project
!
Author and Speaker
prezi.com/vz8ec7gy9...
Zaana Howard
Lecturer & Trainer
!

Design Thinking
!

zaanahoward.com
!

@zaana
Kim Tairi
Campus Librarian
!

Speaker
!

Instagrammer
!

@KimTairi
Hugh Rundle
Info Management & Kew
Librarian
!

Blogger, Tweeter, Thinker
!

hughrundle.net
!

@hughrundle
Mylee Joseph
State Library of New South Wales
!

Project Leader - Innovation
Project
!

Social Media for Libraries
!

@myl...
ALIA
How ALIA can help you
Accreditation! Keeping education relevant &
recognised
Employment! Elists, Job ads, Industry connect...
Student Membership

$82 per year
Digital access to INCITE,
journals & databases
Elists and job ads
PD Postings
Discounts a...
Employment and Careers
Professional Development Scheme
Get Involved

Professional Development Scheme
Groups
Write for INCITE or ALJ
Go to events and conferences
Get online & fol...
INCITE
ALIA Resources
@AliaNational

Elists: alia.org.au/our-communities/connect-us/
elists
Groups: alia.org.au/our-communities/a...
“don’t wait to graduate before entering the
library profession”
@jzgarnett
Consider different career paths
Be in charge of your own professional
development
Get involved in the profession
Join ALIA...
Thanks
julia.garnett@alia.org.au
@ALIAsmNSW
!

LinkedIn:

http://www.linkedin.com/
in/jzgarnett
ePortfolio: 

jzgarnettmli...
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  • CSU Residential School
  • See https://twitter.com/jzgarnett/status/426496985487921152
  • This was something I learned at QUT, try for a mix of students and professionals
  • Mentor may be someone who agrees to be your mentor, or just someone you look to for advice, or whose career you follow (or twitter stalk).
  • http://ilnetwork.wordpress.com
  • Systems Librarian for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope project
    National Observatory in Arizona
  • Swinburne University
  • Boroondara, Victoria
  • From Wagga Wagga
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    1. 1. What I Wish I’d Known in Library School Julia Garnett ALIA State Manager, NSW @ALIAsmNSW
    2. 2. ALIA Willoughby Canterbury my background…
    3. 3. Customer Service & Marketing QUT Library Cataloguing my background…
    4. 4. Crowdsourcing the Question
    5. 5. “What is a monograph anyway?”
    6. 6. Career
    7. 7. Career Paths Assistant No qualification Professional Bachelor, Post Grad Dip or Masters or, current students
 Manager Technician TAFE qualification Extensive experience, higher qualifications in allied discipline e.g. 
 IT; organisational management
    8. 8. “there's more librarians than jobs. Every vacancy will have heaps of applicants, so rejection doesn't mean you suck.” @siandart
    9. 9. “Lack of job prospects. Can be a long road.” @DaveHoneybone
    10. 10. “Basically your job may end up being IT . Are you ok with this?” @siandart
    11. 11. Flexibility be willing to move don't forget about rural opportunities consider corporate, medical, law, public, university, schools, local government, arts & entertainment, special, GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Musems) Don't get your heart set on being a … librarian
    12. 12. “there's more to it than the "l" word- what else can I be? Info architect? Knowledge manager?” @liber_amoris
    13. 13. The Search Make online job boards work for you Create a LinkedIn profile (and update it) Attend conferences and events Consider your unique skills and how they are applicable in a library context
    14. 14. Stand Out!
    15. 15. The Search Keep at it! (Average is about 6 months) Take a friend along to events and support each other Don’t be afraid to seek professional assistance (e.g., Zenith and The One Umbrella)
    16. 16. Professional Development
    17. 17. “The importance of continuing professional development in your own time. Employers can't do your PD for you.” @sallysetsforth
    18. 18. Professional Development Be responsible for your own development Plan beyond your formal education Track your professional development with a portfolio Look for skills gaps Nurture your interests
    19. 19. “which skills etc are most needed and help getting work in a tough market. And that degrees are great but experience is needed too” @TripleThreatLib
    20. 20. Attending a Conference Looking for work? Look at what the industry will need next Network, network, network Got a Job? Keep your skills up to date
    21. 21. Information Online Take advantage of ALIA member and student rates Follow @InfoOnline for updates 2-6 February 2015 in Sydney
    22. 22. New Librarians Symposium Amazing experience for students, new grads, new librarians, library technicians and assistants… Casual, Exciting and Fun! Meet other people new to the industry NLS7 is Next!
    23. 23. Mini Conference Small, one-day conferences
 - not as intimidating for first-time speakers! Submit an abstract Present to your peers Practice presentation skills
    24. 24. "Unconference" LibraryCamp Unmeash ! Run by attendees, for attendees The program is put together on the day Relevant, recent topics Heaps of enthusiasm and inspiration!
    25. 25. “get on twitter and build professional connections & a personal learning network. It can be an important lifeline in your career .” @lyndelleg
    26. 26. Social Media Be Professional Online
    27. 27. Personal Learning Networks Start building your network NOW Lifeline during your studies, research assignments, your first presentation, job search
 … or when you need to ask important questions PLNs can grow into your professional network

    28. 28. Mentoring Get a Peer Mentor Find a Mentor Join the International Librarians Network (ILN) Follow Awesome People
    29. 29. International Librarians Network
    30. 30. Resources International Librarians Network
 http://ilnetwork.wordpress.com Zenith
 http://www.zenmgt.com The One Umbrella
 http://www.oneumbrella.com.au
    31. 31. People in the Profession ! Pens and phones at the ready! You’ll want to follow these people…
    32. 32. People in the Profession “But you don’t look like a librarian” - Ruth Kneale “Design Thinking” - Zaana Howard “Cool and Collected” - Kim Tairi “It’s not about the books”- Hugh Rundle “Digital Engagement” - Mylee Joseph
    33. 33. Ruth Kneale Systems Librarian for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope project ! Author and Speaker prezi.com/vz8ec7gy9x3o/bedifferent/ ! @desertlibrarian
    34. 34. Zaana Howard Lecturer & Trainer ! Design Thinking ! zaanahoward.com ! @zaana
    35. 35. Kim Tairi Campus Librarian ! Speaker ! Instagrammer ! @KimTairi
    36. 36. Hugh Rundle Info Management & Kew Librarian ! Blogger, Tweeter, Thinker ! hughrundle.net ! @hughrundle
    37. 37. Mylee Joseph State Library of New South Wales ! Project Leader - Innovation Project ! Social Media for Libraries ! @myleejoseph Photo: Flickr, Shanachietour
    38. 38. ALIA
    39. 39. How ALIA can help you Accreditation! Keeping education relevant & recognised Employment! Elists, Job ads, Industry connections Advocacy! Local and National support Events! Conferences, PD opportunities, Trivia Nights Access! INCITE, Journals, Databases, elists
    40. 40. Student Membership $82 per year Digital access to INCITE, journals & databases Elists and job ads PD Postings Discounts at conferences
    41. 41. Employment and Careers
    42. 42. Professional Development Scheme
    43. 43. Get Involved Professional Development Scheme Groups Write for INCITE or ALJ Go to events and conferences Get online & follow fun people
    44. 44. INCITE
    45. 45. ALIA Resources @AliaNational Elists: alia.org.au/our-communities/connect-us/ elists Groups: alia.org.au/our-communities/aliagroups PD Scheme: Judy.Brooker@alia.org.au NSW State Manager: Julia.Garnett@alia.org.au
    46. 46. “don’t wait to graduate before entering the library profession” @jzgarnett
    47. 47. Consider different career paths Be in charge of your own professional development Get involved in the profession Join ALIA Find a mentor and a PLN
    48. 48. Thanks julia.garnett@alia.org.au @ALIAsmNSW ! LinkedIn:
 http://www.linkedin.com/ in/jzgarnett ePortfolio: 
 jzgarnettmlis.blogspot.com
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