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Sarah Horton Smith (Simmons College) presentation at Careers in Federal Libraries event, Library of Congress on June 25, 2010 during the ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington DC

Sarah Horton Smith (Simmons College) presentation at Careers in Federal Libraries event, Library of Congress on June 25, 2010 during the ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington DC

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    Organizing a Career in Federal Libraries mini-Career event Organizing a Career in Federal Libraries mini-Career event Presentation Transcript

    • By Sarah Horton Smith
      Organizing a Career in Federal Libraries Panel
    • Benefits of Panel Format
      It’s relatively inexpensive
      Multiple panelists give the audience multiple perspectives on what careers in Federal Libraries are like
      Allows you to showcase the wide variety of jobs available in Federal Libraries
      Having multiple panelists allows for the event to continue in the event of last minute cancelations and other disasters.
    • Drawbacks of Panel Format
      Multiple panelists = multiple schedules = multiple headaches
      Panels can be more expensive then having one person talk
      Panels take longer than having just one person
      Each participant has less time to talk
    • Expenses
      Panelist transportation costs
      Gifts for Panelists
      Food at the event (If any)
      Advertising costs (paper for fliers etc.)
      Panelists Fee’s (If any…and there should be)
    • Preplan
      How many panelists do should we have?
      I recommend 4 or 5
      When should we hold the event?
      I recommend as early into the year/semester as possible
      Where should we hold the event?
      You might want to “rent out” a classroom or auditorium depending on the size of your school
    • Local Federal Libraries
      Military Academies
      Veterans Hospitals
      Presidential Libraries
      Federal Courts
      Contractors
      Law firms that handle Federal cases
    • Getting Everybody Together
    • Advertising the event
      Flyers
      Emailing listserv
      Facebook, Twitter, etc
    • List of Questions For the Panel
      Always prepare a list of sample questions for your panel
      What is your typical day like?
      What do you wish you would have known if you were a student?
      What classes do you recommend?
      www.quintcareers.com
      Informational Interviews
    • Doing the Panel
      Have all your panelists speak for 5-10 minutes
      Ask your prepared questions
      Open up questions for the audience
      Plan it to be about 1 and a half hours long