Library and information professionals and graduate studies


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This is a presentation to the UC Berkeley Gates Millennium Scholars on April 12, 2011.

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  • Reflect the core values of librarianship – noble profession
  • Library and information professionals and graduate studies

    1. 1. Library and<br />information<br />professionals<br />&<br />Graduate<br />studies<br />Jeffery Loo, MLIS MSc PhD<br />Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library<br />UC Berkeley<br />at UC Berkeley<br />
    2. 2. "The first thing you need to do <br />is update your résumé."<br />
    3. 3. Who are librarians and information professionals?<br />Members of a helping profession<br />Help through information<br />Buildand organize a collection of information – and help people find and use this information<br />
    4. 4. Think of a moment <br />when information <br />made a BIG difference<br />Discovering a new idea<br />Finding a solution to a problem<br />
    5. 5. Information is anything that makes a difference<br />Watching a video for entertainment<br />Reading books or journal articles<br />Checking Facebook for social updates<br />Therefore, a career as an informational professional is wide-ranging and you can choose your specialization<br />
    6. 6. What do librarians and information professionals do?<br />A brief tour of LIS professional profiles<br />from mypersonal experiences<br />
    7. 7. Teacher/Children's Librarian<br />She read to us<br />Helped us find a book to read for fun or for our homework<br />
    8. 8. Information specialist/consultant<br />Business and corporate environments are possible<br />For example, organizing information resources and providing researchservices<br />
    9. 9. Public Librarian<br />Answers to all sorts of questions<br /><ul><li>Recipes for cookies
    10. 10. Why cheddar cheese is orange?
    11. 11. Help on science fair projects and homework assignments
    12. 12. Books on household repair
    13. 13. Help with taxes and business issues</li></ul>Democracy in action<br />an informed citizenry<br />
    14. 14. Government Library<br />Associate Fellowshipat the National Library of Medicine/NIH<br />NLM develops databases of research materials<br />Library of Congress<br />Published an instruction manual as a digital book<br />Fellowship opportunities<br />
    15. 15. Academic Librarian<br />Teach classes on finding information<br />Answer reference questions<br />Buy information resources<br />Library information and computer systems projects<br />Special projects/committees– educational initiatives, scholarly communications, diversity<br />
    16. 16. Emerging and non-library positions<br />Roles: Information architect, metadata specialist, and more<br />Environments: Information technology sector, associations, foundations, NGO’s<br />
    17. 17. Special Libraries<br />Law<br />Museums<br />Business<br />and more …. <br />Art<br />
    18. 18. Academia<br />Information and Library Science faculty<br />
    19. 19. Core values of librarianship<br />Access<br />Confidentiality/Privacy<br />Democracy<br />Diversity<br />Education and Lifelong Learning<br />Intellectual Freedom<br />Preservation<br />The Public Good<br />Professionalism<br />Service<br />Social Responsibility<br />ALA’s Core Values of Librarianship<br />
    20. 20. There is something for everyone<br />Librarians & information professionals<br />Information<br />People<br />Technology<br />
    21. 21. Studying to be a librarian or information professional<br />Graduate programs (1 – 2 years)<br /><ul><li>ALA-accredited MLIS degree (Directory of schools)
    22. 22. MSIS degrees (does not focus on libraries)</li></ul>Generally, you will study:<br /><ul><li>Organization of information
    23. 23. Information center management
    24. 24. Developing in-person and online services
    25. 25. Information technology
    26. 26. Electives for your specialization</li></li></ul><li>Tips for aspiring information professionals<br />Check out:<br /><ul><li>library and information associations
    27. 27. information and library science schools</li></ul>Talk to information professionals<br />Consider librarianship as a Plan Bor “second career”<br />
    28. 28. General career<br />Consider whether a professional career appeals to you (e.g., medicine, law, business, librarianship, and more)<br />Professional careers:<br />requires specialized training <br />possesses shared characteristics, standards, and activities <br />offers a path/structure for your career – institutions, standards, and work activities that help guide your future<br />
    29. 29. Talk to people about their careers<br />In general, people want to help.<br />However, be polite and show interest.<br />General career tips<br />Career decisions<br />can be scary<br />
    30. 30. haiku summary<br />helping people tocollect, share, and use info –a noble career<br />