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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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  • 1. By Sarah Horton Smith
    Organizing a Career in Federal Libraries Panel
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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)
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Local Federal Libraries
    Military Academies
    Veterans Hospitals
    Presidential Libraries
    Federal Courts
    Contractors
    Law firms that handle Federal cases
  • 7. Getting Everybody Together
  • 8. Advertising the event
    Flyers
    Emailing listserv
    Facebook, Twitter, etc
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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