2016 - Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities
Librarians in the 21st Century:
Designing a Career Strategy for
Evolving Roles and
Lisa Chow | Sandra Sajonas
People Interact Consultancy
September 27, 2016
South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC)
● Think micro-careers. The modern information career will be
made up of micro-careers.
● There is no box. Information professionals are doing work
outside of traditional spaces, titles, roles, and
● Think tech. The profession and information is going
● Be a part of the team. The information professional works
Professional Brand and
Find colleagues to share and bounce off ideas.
Stay open to meeting new people.
Find a mentor or two. Be a mentor.
Get to know your fellow librarians/students.
Have a partner-in-crime.
CONNECT WITH PEOPLE
Find opportunities to
publish and present
GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE
Attend cheap/free events, unconferences,
trainings and meetups.
Attend national and local conferences.
Organize your own event.
GET OUT THERE
Apply to various library programs and initiatives.
Get involved with local and national
associations and groups.
Keep up with library land (and the world).
Influencers, listservs, blogs, LinkedIn,
Google Alerts, Library Trends
● MOOCs (Massive open online
● Continuing education
● Informational interviews
● Ask colleagues to show you
what they know about a topic or
software/tool of interest
● Books, videos (YouTube,
Vimeo), webinars, workshops,
podcasts, the usual...
Publish & Present:
Chandos publishing - http://store.elsevier.com/Chandos-Publishing-/IMP_207/
Information Today - http://books.infotoday.com
Libraries Unlimited - http://www.abc-clio.com/LibrariesUnlimited.aspx
ALA Mailing Lists - http://lists.ala.org/sympa
Library Link of the Day - http://www.tk421.net/librarylink
Library Trends - https://www.lis.illinois.edu/newsroom/publications/librarytrends
Slashdot - http://slashdot.org
Reddit Libraries - https://www.reddit.com/r/Libraries
NMC Horizon Reports - http://www.nmc.org/publication-type/horizon-report/
LISCareer - http://www.liscareer.com
Alternative LIS Job Titles - http://www.infonista.com/2013/alternative-lis-job-titles-2
Free Courses - http://librarysciencelist.com/free-online-courses-for-librarians
IFLA New Librarians Webinars - http://npsig.wordpress.com/webinars
Library & Information Science Transferable Competencies -
Emerging Career Trends for Information Professional -
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