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Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities


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Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities

  1. 1. Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities Lisa Chow | Sandra Sajonas October 18, 2013 Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference
  2. 2. Objectives 1. Participants will receive an overview of new and evolving roles of librarians. 2. Participants will conduct an individualized career analysis. 3. Participants will be equipped with practical career strategies for keeping their skills current with the shifting profession.
  3. 3. We surveyed 10 leaders in the library world... Consultant Digital resource librarian Academic librarians Outreach librarian Legal librarian Children’s librarian Reference librarian Research librarian Instructional librarian
  4. 4. We reviewed professional literature...
  5. 5. We reviewed LIS curricula and accreditation standards...
  6. 6. We attended events, presentations, meetings, discussions and webinars...
  7. 7. Trends ● 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, responsibilities, etc. ● Think tech. The profession and information is going online/digital/electronic. ● Be a part of the team. The information professional works collaboratively.
  8. 8. Self Assessment Activity SWOT Goals - 1, 2, 5 year goals
  9. 9. Career Strategy People Professional Brand Online Presence
  10. 10. CONNECT WITH PEOPLE Find colleagues to share & bounce off ideas. Have a partner-in-crime. Get to know your fellow librarians/students. Find a mentor or two. Be a mentor.
  11. 11. Do you have mentors?
  12. 12. GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE Find opportunities to publish and present
  14. 14. Do you have an e-portfolio?
  15. 15. Portfolio on Google Sites
  16. 16. Portfolio on Google Sites
  17. 17. GET OUT THERE Attend cheap/free events, unconferences, trainings and meetups. Attend national & local conferences. Organize your own event.
  18. 18. GET INVOLVED Apply to various library programs & initiatives. Get involved with local and national associations & groups.
  19. 19. KEEP UPDATED Keep up with library land (and the world). influencers, listservs, blogs, LinkedIn, Google Alerts
  20. 20. KEEP LEARNING ● MOOCs (Massive online open courses) ● Continuing education ● Informational interviews ● Ask colleagues to show you what they know about a topic or software/tool of interest ● Books, videos (YouTube, Vimeo), podcasts, the usual...
  22. 22. GO BEYOND YOUR JOB TITLE Be creative with your name tag
  23. 23. CREATE BUSINESS CARDS Vistaprint Moo cards Local print shop Print your own on-demand
  24. 24. Do you have a business card?
  25. 25. BE PREPARED BE OPEN Update your resume/CV regularly. Have your business card handy.
  26. 26. TAKE THE INITIATIVE Propose ideas, start projects, see what happens.
  27. 27. Make it a SMART Goal Write down 1 goal for each career strategy area that you are going to work on. People: Professional Brand: Online Presence:
  28. 28. STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE Take 1 step towards 1 SMART goal
  29. 29. Resources Publish & Present: Woodhead & Chandos publishing - Information Today - Keep Updated: ALA Mailing Lists - Library Link of the Day - LIS Trends - Slashdot - LibGuides - Career: LISCareer - Library Job Postings - I Need a Library Job - LinkedIn's Job Seekers webinars - Alternative LIS Job Titles - Free Courses - IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group
  30. 30. Questions? Evaluation: Presentation slides and resources: Email: People Interact ~ It's about people. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Our Services: Impact-Based Evaluation | Unconferences | Leadership & Career Development