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  • Decide what you want What do you want out of your career? What do you want out of life more generally? Where are your prepared to compromise? Where is your line in the sand?
  • Is it really possible to have it all? Catch cry of women: we can have it all! But can we have it all at once? Get strategic. Prioritise. Conscious decision to work my butt off in my 20s.
  • Nobody but you owes you anything. Cultivate a good attitude towards yourself and your path in this profession.
  • Get a personal vision – think about where you want to be in the long term. Consider how long you’re willing to take to get there.
  • Embrace serendipity – it’s totally legit, and I wouldn’t be here without it.
  • Your professional development is no one else’s responsibility. Step up and look after it. It’s your livelihood.
  • If you’re asked to do something, and you don’t know how, work it out. Research. Talk to people. Seek clarification. Just get on with it. This has largely been what’s gotten me where I am.
  • If you don’t have an appropriateness radar, get one! It’s critical.
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    • 1. how to get ahead in library land pimp my career
    • 2. who am i?
      • kate davis associate lecturer information systems queensland university of technology
    • 3. BA (Art History and Literary Studies), UQ Started Honours Minor freakout: OMG I’m unemployable! I know! I’ll be a teacher! Minor freakout: Big, fat rejection Major freakout: What do I do now?! GradDipIT(LIS) 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Electronic Services Librarian, Gold Coast Libraries 2008 2009 Graduate Program Serials Librarian Reference Librarian National Library of Australia Reference Librarian QUT 2010 Sessional Academic, QUT Associate Lecturer, QUT Started PhD(IT)
    • 4. big caveat
    • 5. what does crowd sourced #careerpimping look like?
    • 6. tip #1 work out what matters (to you)
    • 7.  
    • 8.  
    • 9. tip #2 attitude is (very nearly) everything
    • 10.  
    • 11.  
    • 12. @zaana (Zaana Howard) ask for feedback, accept constructive criticism, be open to change. A good attitude is powerful #careerpimping
    • 13. @flexnib (Constance Weibrands) treat colleagues and staff as you would like to be treated.
    • 14. @sirexkat (Kathryn Greenhill) Remember people u tread on on way up will get you on the way down.
    • 15. @MissSophieMac (Sophie McDonald) Be enthusiastic, passionate and find the positive in everything.
    • 16. tip #3 plan light
    • 17.  
    • 18.  
    • 19. tip #4 take (calculated) risks
    • 20.  
    • 21. @haikugirlOz (Kim Tairi) Don't let fear stop you from taking risks. Be adventurous, be creative and proud of what we do #careerpimping
    • 22. tip #5 move
    • 23.  
    • 24. tip #6 get an online presence
    • 25.  
    • 26. tip #7 contribute to the profession
    • 27.  
    • 28. tip #8 publish
    • 29. @haikugirlOz (Kim Tairi) publish... publish... publish #careerpimping #writeforincite #writearticles #givepresentations
    • 30. tip #9 network like your life depends on it (because it does)
    • 31.  
    • 32. tip #10 be generous (cause this is a generous profession)
    • 33.  
    • 34. @helenfreid (Helen Reid) Don't be afraid to ask colleagues - librarians are the greatest sharers around #careerpimping
    • 35. tip #11 skill up thru study
    • 36. @haikugirlOz (Kim Tairi) further study opens doors... get a Masters degree it is worth it #careerpimping
    • 37. tip #12 develop thine self
    • 38. @flexnib (Constance Weibrands) practice & do. dont wait, train yourself. keep learning
    • 39.  
    • 40. learn to write! don‘t throw away your authority by producing shoddy work!
    • 41. @helenfreid (Helen Reid) Read and listen, all the time thinking can we use this/try this/take a risk #careerpimping
    • 42. tip #13 diversify your skills (it’s called competitive advantage)
    • 43. @rockchicklib (Jennifer Creese) #careerpimping maybe work on non-traditional "librarian" skill sets that make you stand out - multimedia, web development, etc?
    • 44. tip #14 speak up
    • 45. @katejf (Kate Freedman) don't be afraid to suggest new ideas etc @ YPOW, just because you are new does not make your ideas any less valid #careerpimping
    • 46. @flexnib (Constance Weibrands) a well-reasoned clear argument is easier to listen to than a rant
    • 47. tip #15 say yes
    • 48. @sallysetsforth (Sally Cummings) Be adventurous in exploring & trying new things. Nurture your own enthusiasm & opportunities will arise to share with others.
    • 49. tip #16 be (quietly) confident
    • 50. tip #17 go after what you want
    • 51.  
    • 52. tip #18 make your own opportunities
    • 53. tip #19 be professional
    • 54. @haikugirlOz (Kim Tairi) dress for success #developyourownstyle #careerpimping #libraries
    • 55. @sirexkat (Kathryn Greenhill) Be on time. Wash.
    • 56.  
    • 57. tip #20 remember: it’s a small, small world
    • 58. @haikugirlOz (Kim Tairi) library/information world a small one... respect! #careerpimping
    • 59. @ranginui (Chris Cormack) don't forget to look outside the library sphere for influence, its a small world, outside has lots going on too
    • 60. @zaana (Zaana Howard) don't limit yourself to only searching for 'library' or 'librarian' jobs there are more worlds out there that <3 your skills
    • 61. tip #21 learn to play the political game
    • 62.  
    • 63. tip #22 get strategic
    • 64. @sirexkat (Kathryn Greenhill) Best advice I got (for my flibbertygibbit ways) was &quot;focus on the strategic few&quot;. Challenge = identifying the strategic few
    • 65. tip #23 be passionate
    • 66. @sirexkat (Kathryn Greenhill) Follow your passion & develop your interests and all else will follow. Trust this. Don't do things solely for career opportunity
    • 67. the uber tip
    • 68. be willing
    • 69.  
    • 70. contact @katiedatwork [email_address] slides, image credits & #careerpimping tweets
    • 71. with thanks to the twitterati @KatieTT @sofie_f @sirexkat @petahopkins @haikugirlOz @katejf @sallysetsforth @myleejoseph @flexnib @zaana @helenfreid @rockchicklib @ranginui @snailx @redevilib @MissSophieMac
    • 72. image credits cc image courtesy thebestofmyseld at cc image courtesy mousiekm at cc image courtesy the_girl at cc image courtesy TheTruthAbout at cc image courtesy David Ortmann at
    • 73. image credits cc image courtesy Nemo’s great uncle at cc image courtesy pangalactic gargleblaster at cc image courtesy RBerteig at cc image courtesy Shannon K at cc image courtesy greg321 at
    • 74. image credits cc image courtesy San Jose Library at cc image courtesy Marc_Smith at cc image courtesy HowardLake at cc image courtesy affendaddy at cc image courtesy joiseyshowaa at
    • 75. image credits cc image courtesy Don Solo at cc image courtesy Christine Kongsvik at cc image courtesy Calaveracafe at