Sponsored by Royal Roads University.
Session Summary (updated Mar. 23): As new professionals working in traditional and non-traditional library settings, three librarians got together at a coffee shop one day and shared their experiences about the joys, pain, and the "unexpected" during their post-MLIS degree careers. At the end of it, a lingering, nagging feeling left them wondering: are their current jobs part of a trend towards a whole "new age of librarianism"? Or not?
With the foresight of working along book stacks, managing a physical collection, and answering questions from library patrons, these librarians throughout their careers "unexpectedly" stepped into different roles, contributing to many areas of their organizations not commonly thought of as "traditional." As part of their inquisitive nature, they embarked on a informal survey to see if there were "others" like them; and what they found not only uncovered emerging trends and common values but also changed the way they view the library profession as a whole and "rediscovered" a little bit more about themselves.
As part of an engaging visual menagerie, a variety of other librarians' stories and "lessons learned" will be featured in hopes to inspire "aha" moments for new professionals and students. The panel presentation will continue to invite open dialogue during the session, as well as online as part of the Library DevCamp Facebook discussion group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=241201567783
What will participants learn?: Various options for applying the MLIS.
Aleha McCauley, Community Business Services Librarian, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre University of British Columbia. As the Community Business Services Librarian at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Aleha is responsible for the development, implementation, promotion and assessment of the BC Small Business Accelerator Program, which will support B.C. entrepreneurs by providing access to freely available industry-specific information and resources to accelerate business planning.
Rex Turgano, Web Coordinator Learning Exchange, University of British Columbia. Rex is an avid web technologies enthusiast since 1996 with key interests in managing the development, digitization and sharing of information. He is currently the Web Coordinator at the UBC Learning Exchange at the University of British Columbia.
Allan Cho, Program Services Librarian Irving K. Barber Learning Centre University of British Columbia
As Program Services Librarian at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Allan helps design and deliver programs and services to support the broader community as well as variety of learners and instructors as well as integrating other virtual resources and services to support a broad range of users.