Promoting Librarianship By Giving Careers Talks


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This presentation discusses the importance of advocating librarianship as a profession, and argues that giving careers talks is one way of promoting the sector.

This presentation was written and delivered by Carly Miller and Jenny Owens at the CILIP Yorkshire & Humber/ CDG Y& H Joint Members' Event and AGM.

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  • The youngsters bit is an extract of a conversation one of us had with a young relative.
  • Realistic – limits on timings, frequency, and location. Flexible – ie, long/short presentations, workshops, video etc.
  • Promoting Librarianship By Giving Careers Talks

    1. 1. Two librarians try to widen awareness of the profession<br />Carly Miller & Jenny Owens<br />Have you heard about Librarianship?<br />
    2. 2. Who are we?<br />
    3. 3. ?<br />
    4. 4. Escaping the Echo Chamber<br />
    5. 5. “The lack of careers advice reinforces the invisibility of the profession” Newbutt & Sen, 2009<br />Newbutt, S. & Sen, B. (2009). “What impressions do young people have of librarianship as a career?” In: Varlejs, J. et al. (eds.) Strategies for Regenerating the Library and Information Profession. New York: K.G.Saur<br />
    6. 6. We’re relatable<br />“The older, female, white, middle class librarian is a reality and not a stereotype” – John Pateman<br />Pateman, J. (no date). Equity and Excellence [Online]. Information for Social Change. (Accessed 4 June 2011). <br />
    7. 7. Diversity<br />Pateman (no date): striking lack of diversity in the profession<br />CILIP (2009) suggests that only 2% of library staff are from a BME background<br />CILIP (2009). About Encompass [Online]. (Accessed 14 December 2010). <br />Pateman, J. (no date). Equity and Excellence [Online]. Information for Social Change. (Accessed 4 June 2011). <br />
    8. 8. In this Financial Climate<br />Abolishment of EMA<br />Increased tuition fees<br />Postgraduate qualification fee<br />
    9. 9. Promoting the Profession<br />Promotes the occupation<br />Promotes the service<br />“For many, public libraries continue to be associated with a white, middle class academic culture which alienates many disadvantaged people.” Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2000.<br />Working class people make up over half of the British population, but only 37% use libraries. <br />But middle class make up 37% of population, and 52% use public libraries<br />Department for Culture, Media and Sport. (2000). Culture, Media and Sport – Sixth Report [Online]. (Accessed 14 December 2010).<br />Pateman, J. (no date). Who Cares About the Working Class? Class: the final taboo [Online]. (Accessed 4 June 2011).<br />
    10. 10. Where to begin?<br />Had to be realistic<br />Made use of existing contacts<br />Flexible in our approach<br />Awareness of different audiences<br />
    11. 11. Preparing our Presentation<br />Tried to make it interactive and light-hearted<br />Challenged the stereotypical view of librarians<br />Kept it general, but discussed our own experiences <br />Showed the variety of roles and sectors<br />Explained routes into profession<br />Different presentations for different audiences<br />
    12. 12. A Step Further...<br />Careers presentation on Slide-Share<br />Two minute video for Leeds University Careers<br />Careers audio clips with Sheffield University Careers <br />Presentation to library school colleagues<br />
    13. 13. What did we gain?<br />Networking<br />Confidence<br />Knowledge<br />Professional Development<br />
    14. 14. How did it go?<br />A difficult project to convey to people<br />Timing and scheduling<br />A positive and enjoyable experience<br />
    15. 15. With thanks to<br />Barbara Sen, Pam McKinney (University of Sheffield, <br />i-School)<br />Lucy Marris, Katie Marison (University of Sheffield, Careers Service)<br />James Gregory (University of Bradford)<br />Anita Wong, Chris Stone (University of Leeds)<br />
    16. 16. Carly Miller<br /><ul><li>@millieshoes
    17. 17.</li></ul>Jenny Owens<br /><ul><li>@This_is_Jen
    18. 18. </li>