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

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

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

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