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Librarians in the 21st Century:
Designing a Career Strategy for
Evolving Roles and Opportunities
Lisa Chow
Partner, People...
Environmental Scan
We surveyed 10 leaders in the library world...
Consultant
Digital resource librarian
Academic librarians
Outreach libraria...
We reviewed professional literature...
We reviewed LIS curricula and
accreditation standards...
We attended events, presentations,
meetings, discussions and webinars...
We looked at job postings...
Trends
● Think micro-careers. The modern information career will be
made up of micro-careers.
● There is no box. Informati...
Designing A Career Strategy
Self Assessment
SWOT Goals - 1, 2, 5 year goals
Professional Brand and
Online Presence
Continuous
learning
Career Strategy
People
Find colleagues to share and bounce off ideas.
Have a partner-in-crime.
Get to know your fellow librarians/students.
Find ...
Find opportunities to
publish and present
GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE
HAVE AN ONLINE PRESENCE
Attend cheap/free events, unconferences,
trainings and meetups.
Attend national and local conferences.
Organize your own e...
Apply to various library programs and initiatives.
Get involved with local and national
associations and groups.
GET INVOL...
Keep up with library land (and the world).
Influencers, listservs, blogs, LinkedIn,
Google Alerts, Library Trends
KEEP UPD...
KEEP LEARNING
● MOOCs (Massive open online
courses)
● Continuing education
● Volunteer/internships
● Informational intervi...
JOB BROWSE & JOB SEARCH
Be creative with your name tag
GO BEYOND YOUR JOB TITLE
CREATE BUSINESS CARDS
● Vistaprint
● Moo cards
● Local print shop
● Print your own on-demand
Update your resume/CV regularly.
Have your business card handy.
BE PREPARED
BE OPEN
Propose ideas, start projects, see what happens.
TAKE THE INITIATIVE
Write down 1 goal for each
career strategy area that you
are going to work on.
People:
Continuous learning:
Professional b...
STEP OUT OF YOUR
COMFORT ZONE
Take 1 step towards 1 SMART goal
Resources
Publish & Present:
Chandos publishing - http://store.elsevier.com/Chandos-Publishing-/IMP_207
Information Today - http://b...
Presentation slides and resources:
http://peopleinteract.wordpress.com/blog
Email: peopleinteractconsulting@gmail.com
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"Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities" Keynote Presentation at September 2015 KLA/KASL Kentucky Library Association Special Library Section in Louisville, Kentucky

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September 2015 KLA/KASL Conference - 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 Partner, People Interact Consultancy September 18, 2015 2015 KLA/KASL Joint Conference Special Library Section
  2. 2. Environmental Scan
  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. We looked at job postings...
  8. 8. 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, roles, and responsibilities. ● Think tech. The profession and information is going online/digital/electronic. ● Be a part of the team. The information professional works collaboratively.
  9. 9. Designing A Career Strategy
  10. 10. Self Assessment SWOT Goals - 1, 2, 5 year goals
  11. 11. Professional Brand and Online Presence Continuous learning Career Strategy People
  12. 12. Find colleagues to share and bounce off ideas. Have a partner-in-crime. Get to know your fellow librarians/students. Find a mentor or two. Be a mentor. CONNECT WITH PEOPLE
  13. 13. Find opportunities to publish and present GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE
  14. 14. HAVE AN ONLINE PRESENCE
  15. 15. Attend cheap/free events, unconferences, trainings and meetups. Attend national and local conferences. Organize your own event. GET OUT THERE
  16. 16. Apply to various library programs and initiatives. Get involved with local and national associations and groups. GET INVOLVED
  17. 17. Keep up with library land (and the world). Influencers, listservs, blogs, LinkedIn, Google Alerts, Library Trends KEEP UPDATED
  18. 18. KEEP LEARNING ● MOOCs (Massive open online courses) ● Continuing education ● Volunteer/internships ● 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...
  19. 19. JOB BROWSE & JOB SEARCH
  20. 20. Be creative with your name tag GO BEYOND YOUR JOB TITLE
  21. 21. CREATE BUSINESS CARDS ● Vistaprint ● Moo cards ● Local print shop ● Print your own on-demand
  22. 22. Update your resume/CV regularly. Have your business card handy. BE PREPARED BE OPEN
  23. 23. Propose ideas, start projects, see what happens. TAKE THE INITIATIVE
  24. 24. Write down 1 goal for each career strategy area that you are going to work on. People: Continuous learning: Professional brand and online presence: Make it a SMART Goal
  25. 25. STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE Take 1 step towards 1 SMART goal
  26. 26. Resources
  27. 27. 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 Keep Updated: 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 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 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 Online Resources
  28. 28. Presentation slides and resources: http://peopleinteract.wordpress.com/blog Email: peopleinteractconsulting@gmail.com Questions? _______________________________________________________________________ OUR SERVICES: DESIGN THINKING AND IMPACT-BASED EVALUATION UNCONFERENCES FOR ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

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