Librarians in the 21st Century:
Designing a Career Strategy for
Evolving Roles and Opportunities
Lisa Chow | Sandra Sajona...
Objectives
1. Participants will receive an overview of new and
evolving roles of librarians.
2. Participants will conduct ...
We surveyed 10 leaders in the library world...

Consultant
Digital resource librarian
Academic librarians
Outreach librari...
We reviewed professional literature...
We reviewed LIS curricula and
accreditation standards...
We attended events, presentations,
meetings, discussions and webinars...
Trends
● Think micro-careers. The modern information career will
be made up of micro-careers.

● There is no box. Informat...
Self Assessment Activity
SWOT

Goals - 1, 2, 5 year goals
Career Strategy
People
Professional Brand

Online Presence
CONNECT WITH PEOPLE
Find colleagues to share & bounce off ideas.
Have a partner-in-crime.

Get to know your fellow librari...
Do you have mentors?
GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE
Find opportunities to
publish and present
HAVE AN ONLINE PRESENCE
Do you have an e-portfolio?
Portfolio on Google Sites
Portfolio on Google Sites
GET OUT THERE
Attend cheap/free events, unconferences,
trainings and meetups.

Attend national & local conferences.

Organ...
GET INVOLVED
Apply to various library programs & initiatives.

Get involved with local and national
associations & groups.
KEEP UPDATED

Keep up with library land
(and the world).

influencers, listservs, blogs, LinkedIn, Google
Alerts
KEEP LEARNING
● MOOCs (Massive online open
courses)
● Continuing education

● Informational interviews
● Ask colleagues to...
JOB BROWSE & JOB SEARCH
GO BEYOND YOUR JOB TITLE

Be creative with your name tag
CREATE BUSINESS CARDS

Vistaprint
Moo cards
Local print shop
Print your own on-demand
Do you have a business card?
BE PREPARED
BE OPEN

Update your resume/CV regularly.
Have your business card handy.
TAKE THE INITIATIVE

Propose ideas, start projects, see what happens.
Make it a SMART Goal
Write down 1 goal for each
career strategy area that you
are going to work on.

People:
Professional ...
STEP OUT OF YOUR
COMFORT ZONE
Take 1 step towards 1 SMART goal
Resources
Publish & Present:
Woodhead & Chandos publishing - http://www.woodheadpublishing.com
Information Today - http://...
Questions?

Evaluation: http://bit.ly/lib2013cs
Presentation slides and resources:
http://peopleinteract.wordpress.com/blo...
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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 http://bit.ly/peopleinteract
  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
  13. 13. HAVE AN ONLINE PRESENCE
  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...
  21. 21. JOB BROWSE & JOB SEARCH
  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 - http://www.woodheadpublishing.com Information Today - http://books.infotoday.com Keep Updated: ALA Mailing Lists - http://lists.ala.org/sympa Library Link of the Day - http://www.tk421.net/librarylink LIS Trends - http://listrends.blogspot.com Slashdot - http://slashdot.org LibGuides - http://libguides.com Career: LISCareer - http://www.liscareer.com Library Job Postings - http://www.libraryjobpostings.org I Need a Library Job - http://inalj.com LinkedIn's Job Seekers webinars - http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29245941 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 Professionals Special Interest Group http://npsig.wordpress.com/webinars
  30. 30. Questions? Evaluation: http://bit.ly/lib2013cs Presentation slides and resources: http://peopleinteract.wordpress.com/blog Email: peopleinteractconsulting@gmail.com People Interact ~ It's about people. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Our Services: Impact-Based Evaluation | Unconferences | Leadership & Career Development

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