Florida Library Association Annual 2009 Conference Presentation

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Here is the slide-show from my proposal, in which I delivered with Maria Palacio, at the Florida Library Association Annual Conference in 2009

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Florida Library Association Annual 2009 Conference Presentation

  1. 1. CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ASPIRING LIBRARIANS<br />by<br />Desiree Roland<br />College Intern/Librarian<br />South Regional Broward College Library<br />&<br />Maria Palacio<br />Multicultural Coordinator<br />Lee County Library System<br />
  2. 2. MENTORSHIP<br />You’re ready for a mentor if you’re willing to take advice and criticism, put forth an effort and maintain relationships. Specifically, you’re looking for someone with whom you have chemistry, feel comfortable, can communicate and share similar interests and goals. <br />
  3. 3. WHY DO YOU NEED A MENTOR?<br /><ul><li>To help guide/prepare you to the next level of your career.
  4. 4. Learn what they didn’t teach you in school.</li></li></ul><li>TIPS FOR FINDING A MENTOR…<br /><ul><li>Finding a mentor doesn’t have to be a formal arrangement
  5. 5. Look for a “teacher”
  6. 6. Determine your expectations of him or her</li></li></ul><li>ESTABLISH A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR MENTOR<br /><ul><li>Give your relationship time to develop
  7. 7. Always be professional
  8. 8. Respect their boundaries
  9. 9. Show appreciation for their efforts
  10. 10. Continue to demonstrate good work</li></li></ul><li>JOINING PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (ALA, FLA, PLA, AASL, BCALA, local organizations, and etc)<br />
  11. 11. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?<br /><ul><li>Meet individuals of similar interest
  12. 12. Members can keep abreast of new developments, trends, and technologies
  13. 13. Members will have the opportunity to promote their libraries</li></li></ul><li>CHOOSING AN AREA OF LIBRARIANSHIP YOU WANT TO PURSUE<br />
  14. 14. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING?<br /><ul><li>Do you enjoy working with teens and children?
  15. 15. Do you enjoy creating library events for the community to attend?
  16. 16. Do you enjoy teaching literacy or helping individuals improve their reading skills?
  17. 17. Does the idea of leadership appeal to you?
  18. 18. Do you enjoy learning and utilizing new technology?</li></li></ul><li>THERE ARE MANY AREAS OF LIBRARIANSHIP TO FOCUS IN<br /><ul><li>Young Adult/Children’s Services
  19. 19. Adult Reference Services
  20. 20. Outreach/Programming
  21. 21. Information Literacy
  22. 22. Reader’s Advisory
  23. 23. Grant Writing
  24. 24. Information Technology
  25. 25. Administration</li></li></ul><li>PURSUING ADDITIONAL TRAINING<br />
  26. 26. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?<br /><ul><li>Increase your skills and knowledge towards your work which opens up new avenues for professional growth
  27. 27. You can place your new experience in your resume, which makes you elgible for promotional opportunities.
  28. 28. You will be seen</li></li></ul><li>HOW WILL YOU OBTAIN ADDITIONAL TRAINING?<br /><ul><li>Volunteer to cross-train or help out in all the departments of your library.
  29. 29. Take computer classes and courses to enhance your knowledge of computer programs.
  30. 30. Offer to shadow a staff member for a day to get a clear understanding of their duties.</li>

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