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In library school or job hunting: tips & tricks to build up your professional career

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  • 1. In library school or job hunting: tips & tricks to build up your professional career Lisa Chow | Sandra Sajonas SLA@Pratt Skill Share Fair April 23, 2010
  • 2. Find a mentor or two Find colleagues to share & bounce off ideas Get to know your fellow library students
  • 3. Publish, publish, publish no matter how small
  • 4. Update your resume regularly, utilize LinkedIn Have a web presence
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  • 6. Get involved with library associations and groups (national, local, student chapters)
  • 7. Find opportunities to present your projects at conferences (poster sessions, ALA Grassroots, ALA LRRT, etc.) 
  • 8. Attend cheap/free local librarian events (METRO, SLA-NY, Meetup group, Desk Set, unconferences)
  • 9. Apply for various library programs & initiatives (ARL Diversity Scholars, ALA Emerging Leaders, ALA Spectrum Scholars, etc.)
  • 10. Keep up with library land (listservs, blogs, check library associations sites/groups regularly)
  • 11. Attend national and local conferences (student rates, travel stipends/scholarships, etc.)
  • 12. Propose ideas, start projects, see what happens
  • 13. Tell people you're a library student, set up informational meetings
  • 14. Going beyond your job title
  • 15. Quality, not quantity
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