Careers in Federal Libraries: Meet Some of the NewFeds


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This May 12, 2011 national webinar kicks off a series of webinars. The initial event features NewFeds with under 5 years of experience in federal government. All speakers are members of the FLICC NewFeds Working Group. Speakers include Yani Yancey (NLM Associate Fellow), Chris Vestal (USPTO), Michelle Lubatti (FLICC), Christine Bassett (Army AKL), Caralyn Champa (Army AKL), Michelle Chronister (PMF @ GSA), Tanya Whippie (PMF @ HUD).

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Careers in Federal Libraries: Meet Some of the NewFeds

  1. 1. Careers in Federal Libraries Meet some of the NewFeds May 12, 2011 12:00 – 2:00 pm eastern This Careers in Federal Libraries event will feature only the NewFeds, recent graduates with less than 5 years in federal government. Organizers: Michelle Lubatti, Nancy Faget for the Careers in Federal Libraries Google group
  2. 2. Careers in Federal Libraries May 12, 2011 Agenda <ul><ul><li>12:00 What is the FLICC NewFeds Working Group? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12:10 Meet some NewFeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Yani Yancey, NLM Associate Fellow </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Michelle Lubatti, FLICC </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chris Vestal, USPTO </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12:50 Meet the Army Knowledge Leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Christine Bassett and Caralyn Champa, U. S. Army </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1:10 You can become a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Michelle Chronister, GSA and Tanya Whippie, HUD </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1:30 Q&A – What else do you want to know? How can we help? </li></ul></ul>)
  3. 3. Yani Yancey Associate Fellow National Library of Medicine <ul><li>Yani Yancey is currently an Associate Fellow in the National Library of Medicine’s Associate Fellowship Program, which is a post-graduate residency program for new health sciences librarians. She is completing the second year of the fellowship at the University of Maryland Baltimore, where she is involved in community outreach activities such as developing a curriculum to be used with high school students in a health disparities focused community health advocacy program,  partnering with the University Counseling Center on a bibliotherapy project, and teaching health literacy workshops in the community setting. Ms. Yancey received her Master’s of Library Science in 2009 from the University of Maryland, College Park  and is enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh’s Certificate of Advanced Studies in Health Sciences Librarianship program. </li></ul>Your picture
  4. 4. Michelle Lubatti Network Librarian (temporary) Library of Congress - FLICC/FEDLINK <ul><li>Michelle Lubatti obtained her MSLS from The Catholic University of America in January 2011. She works as a temporary Network Librarian for FLICC/FEDLINK, assisting federal librarians with their serials subscriptions submissions for vendor competition and contributing to the New Federal Librarians Working Group (NewFeds) and the Handbook for Federal Librarianship revision committee. </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks to Michelle who organized this event! </li></ul>Your picture
  5. 5. Christopher M. Vestal Working Supervisor/ Patent Researcher ASRC MS at the US PTO <ul><li>Chris received his MLIS from Drexel University in 2008. Chris works for ASRC Management Services supporting its contract with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He supervises a team of researchers and assists patent examiners researching subjects related to patent applications in the fields of optics, electrical engineering, and musical instruments. Chris is DC/SLA’s 2011 Communications Secretary and serves on SLA’s Public Relations Advisory Council. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Biotechnology and Law Library </li></ul><ul><li>7 Electronic Information Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Library Techs </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Information Specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Prior Art Searchers </li></ul><ul><li>Translators </li></ul><ul><li>Managers </li></ul><ul><li>Training Developers </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Staff roles on the contract: </li></ul><ul><li>Prior Art Searchers </li></ul><ul><li>ITRPs </li></ul><ul><li>SSEs </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogers </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Library Technicians </li></ul><ul><li>Managers </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Use a variety of tools </li></ul>Prior Art Searching
  9. 9. <ul><li>Conduct comprehensive Prior Art Searches in patent and non-patent databases </li></ul><ul><li>Train new patent examiners in using STIC’s resources </li></ul><ul><li>Develop specialized demos on how to use relevant databases and web resources </li></ul><ul><li>Assist reference desk coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Serve on committees for special projects </li></ul>Prior Art Searchers
  10. 10. <ul><li> </li></ul>DC/SLA Resources
  11. 11. Christine Bassett IT Specialist/Army Knowledge Leader Department of Army, CIO/G-6 (Fed since 2010) <ul><li>Christine Bassett was awarded her MLS in Library Science from St. John’s University in May 2008. She works as an IT Specialist at the Department of Army, Army Knowledge Leader (AKL) Program. As part of the AKL program, she will complete rotational assignments throughout major Army and Department of Defense organizations to develop leadership, knowledge management, and technology skills in support of the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO) mission. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Caralyn Champa IT Specialist/Army Knowledge Leader Department of Army, CIO/G-6 (Fed since 2010) <ul><li>Caralyn Champa earned her MLIS degree from St. Catherine University in 2009. She applies her library and information science skills as an Army Knowledge Leader (AKL). During her AKL job rotations, she has worked in the Army CIO/G-6, Strategic Communications Office and the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command/9 th Signal Command’s Public Relations Office. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Christine Bassett </li></ul><ul><li>IT Specialist/Army Knowledge Leader </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Army, CIO/G-6 </li></ul><ul><li>(Fed since 2010) </li></ul>Caralyn Champa IT Specialist/Army Knowledge Leader Department of Army, CIO/G-6 (Fed since 2010)
  14. 14. Michelle Chronister Presidential Management Fellow U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) (Fed since 2009) <ul><li>Michelle Chronister earned her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009. She started working for the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at GSA in July 2009. As a Presidential Management Fellow, Michelle manages content for and social media outreach. She will convert to a Program Analyst in July 2011 and continue to work for </li></ul>
  15. 15. Tanya Whippie Presidential Management Fellow U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Fed since 2010) <ul><li>Tanya Whippie completed her Masters in Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2010. She works as a solo librarian in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Library, which is under the office of Policy Development and Research. Tanya is also a Presidential Management Fellow and is currently on rotation to the Executive Office of the President Library. </li></ul>Your picture
  16. 16. HUD Library (before) <ul><li>. </li></ul>
  17. 17. HUD Library (progress) <ul><li>. </li></ul>
  18. 18. HUD Library (now) <ul><li>. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Executive Office of the President Library
  20. 20. Known and Unknown <ul><li>1/3 of federal employees eligible to retire by 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>“ The average annual salary for all librarians in the Federal Government in nonsupervisory, supervisory, and managerial positions was $84,796 in March 2009.” </li></ul><ul><li>No cost of living adjustment for two years </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps in future --- less hiring, furloughs, fewer promotions, and less pay increases </li></ul>
  21. 21. You are qualified to be a <ul><li>Librarian, content manager, taxonomist, management and program analyst, knowledge manager, wiki gardener, records manager, social media specialist, program and development specialist, writer/editor, technical information specialist, metadata specialist, bioinformationist, community facilitator, associate fellow, and more </li></ul>
  22. 22. Federal Libraries <ul><li>medical, academic, school, public, law, scientific technical </li></ul><ul><li>all around the world </li></ul><ul><li>you can transfer between libraries and never leave the same employer </li></ul>
  23. 23. TIPS: Set up an account. Perform a search, and save it as an alert. Receive daily emails about new jobs. Upload your resume (s) so you can be ready to apply! Upload your transcript (official to be supplied later)
  24. 24. iUSAJobs @ iTunes store
  25. 25. <ul><li>Internships </li></ul><ul><li>Fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>Presidential Management Fellows </li></ul>
  26. 26. Many avenues of entry <ul><li>Outstanding Scholar, Temporary, Student employment (SCEP, STEP), Summer, Volunteer, Practicum, Field Experience, Internship, Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) </li></ul><ul><li>Agency special programs </li></ul>
  27. 27. Tips <ul><li>Crosswalk resume to “every” job announcement </li></ul><ul><li>Consider an experience in a federal library </li></ul><ul><li>Attend programs of professional organizations </li></ul><ul><li>(FLICC, ALA FAFLRT, SLA DMIL, SLA DGI, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Read the announcement several times! Closes April 24 th or when the first 50 applications are received. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Careers in Federal Libraries Google Group
  29. 29. Careers in Federal Libraries Google Group <ul><li>Chat with Federal Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about Career Fairs and other events, internships, fellowships, practicums, scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions to better understand the process </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar of events </li></ul>http://