Librarians in the 21st Century:
Designing a Career Strategy for
Evolving Roles and Opportunities
Lisa Chow | Sandra Sajona...
Objectives
1. Participants will receive an overview of new and
evolving roles of librarians.
2. Participants will conduct ...
We surveyed 10 leaders in the library world...
Consultant
Digital resource librarian
Academic librarians
Outreach libraria...
We reviewed professional literature...
We reviewed LIS curricula and
accreditation standards...
We attended events, presentations,
meetings, discussions and webinars...
Trends
● Think micro-careers. The modern information career will be
made up of micro-careers.
● There is no box. Informati...
Self Assessment Activity
SWOT Goals - 1, 2, 5 year goals
People
Professional Brand &
Online Presence
Keep learning
Career Strategy
Find colleagues to share & bounce off ideas.
Have a partner-in-crime.
Get to know your fellow librarians/students.
Find a ...
Find opportunities to
publish and present
GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE
HAVE AN ONLINE PRESENCE
Attend cheap/free events, unconferences,
trainings and meetups.
Attend national & local conferences.
Organize your own eve...
Apply to various library programs & initiatives.
Get involved with local and national
associations & groups.
GET INVOLVED
Keep up with library land
(and the world).
influencers, listservs, blogs, LinkedIn, Google
Alerts, LIS Trends
KEEP UPDATED
KEEP LEARNING
● MOOCs (Massive online open
courses)
● Continuing education
● Volunteer/internships
● Informational intervi...
JOB BROWSE & JOB SEARCH
Be creative with your name tag
GO BEYOND YOUR JOB TITLE
CREATE BUSINESS CARDS
Vistaprint
Moo cards
Local print shop
Print your own on-demand
Update your resume/CV regularly.
Have your business card handy.
BE PREPARED
BE OPEN
Propose ideas, start projects, see what happens.
TAKE THE INITIATIVE
Make it a SMART Goal
Write down 1 goal for each
career strategy area that you
are going to work on.
People:
Professional b...
STEP OUT OF YOUR
COMFORT ZONE
Take 1 step towards 1 SMART goal
Resources
Publish & Present:
Woodhead & Chandos publishing - http://www.woodheadpublishing.com
Information Today - http://...
Presentation slides and resources: http://peopleinteract.
wordpress.com/blog
Email: peopleinteractconsulting@gmail.com
Peo...
2014 SLA@Pratt Skill Share - Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities
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2014 SLA@Pratt Skill Share - Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities

  1. 1. Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities Lisa Chow | Sandra Sajonas April 18, 2014 SLA@Pratt Skill Share http://bit.ly/peopleinteract
  2. 2. Objectives 1. Participants will receive an overview of new and evolving roles of librarians. 2. Participants will conduct an individualized career analysis. 3. Participants will be equipped with practical career strategies for keeping their skills current with the shifting profession.
  3. 3. We surveyed 10 leaders in the library world... Consultant Digital resource librarian Academic librarians Outreach librarian Legal librarian Children’s librarian Reference librarian Research librarian Instructional librarian
  4. 4. We reviewed professional literature...
  5. 5. We reviewed LIS curricula and accreditation standards...
  6. 6. We attended events, presentations, meetings, discussions and webinars...
  7. 7. Trends ● Think micro-careers. The modern information career will be made up of micro-careers. ● There is no box. Information professionals are doing work outside of traditional spaces, titles, responsibilities, etc. ● Think tech. The profession and information is going online/digital/electronic. ● Be a part of the team. The information professional works collaboratively.
  8. 8. Self Assessment Activity SWOT Goals - 1, 2, 5 year goals
  9. 9. People Professional Brand & Online Presence Keep learning Career Strategy
  10. 10. Find colleagues to share & bounce off ideas. Have a partner-in-crime. Get to know your fellow librarians/students. Find a mentor or two. Be a mentor. CONNECT WITH PEOPLE
  11. 11. Find opportunities to publish and present GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE
  12. 12. HAVE AN ONLINE PRESENCE
  13. 13. Attend cheap/free events, unconferences, trainings and meetups. Attend national & local conferences. Organize your own event. GET OUT THERE
  14. 14. Apply to various library programs & initiatives. Get involved with local and national associations & groups. GET INVOLVED
  15. 15. Keep up with library land (and the world). influencers, listservs, blogs, LinkedIn, Google Alerts, LIS Trends KEEP UPDATED
  16. 16. KEEP LEARNING ● MOOCs (Massive online open courses) ● Continuing education ● Volunteer/internships ● Informational interviews ● Ask colleagues to show you what they know about a topic or software/tool of interest ● Books, videos (YouTube, Vimeo), podcasts, the usual...
  17. 17. JOB BROWSE & JOB SEARCH
  18. 18. Be creative with your name tag GO BEYOND YOUR JOB TITLE
  19. 19. CREATE BUSINESS CARDS Vistaprint Moo cards Local print shop Print your own on-demand
  20. 20. Update your resume/CV regularly. Have your business card handy. BE PREPARED BE OPEN
  21. 21. Propose ideas, start projects, see what happens. TAKE THE INITIATIVE
  22. 22. Make it a SMART Goal Write down 1 goal for each career strategy area that you are going to work on. People: Professional brand & online presence: Keep learning:
  23. 23. STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE Take 1 step towards 1 SMART goal
  24. 24. Resources Publish & Present: Woodhead & Chandos publishing - http://www.woodheadpublishing.com Information Today - http://books.infotoday.com Keep Updated: ALA Mailing Lists - http://lists.ala.org/sympa Library Link of the Day - http://www.tk421.net/librarylink LIS Trends - http://listrends.blogspot.com Slashdot - http://slashdot.org LibGuides - http://libguides.com Career: LISCareer - http://www.liscareer.com Library Job Postings - http://www.libraryjobpostings.org I Need a Library Job - http://inalj.com LinkedIn's Job Seekers webinars - http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29245941 Alternative LIS Job Titles - http://www.infonista.com/2013/alternative-lis-job-titles-2 Free Courses - http://librarysciencelist.com/free-online-courses-for-librarians IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group - http://npsig.wordpress. com/webinars
  25. 25. Presentation slides and resources: http://peopleinteract. wordpress.com/blog Email: peopleinteractconsulting@gmail.com People Interact ~ It's about people. Questions? ____________________________________________________________________________________________ __ Our Services: Impact-Based Evaluation | Unconferences | Leadership & Career Development

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