When LIS graduate students ask me about job-hunting, they are all guaranteed to hear one piece of advice in common, regardless of their professional goals. "Are you a member of the X association?" (where X=the professional association that best matches their desired field of employment). This advice is based on more than conjecture. Time and time again, I have heard stories where a key factor in a graduate's successful job hunt was related to their association involvement, such as:
- a contact made at an association event,
- a reference supplied by a men
Library science student Michael M. interviews Tim Siftar about his specialty, career track and the future of the librarian role.
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Professional associations are good investments. Whether you are networking for a job, keeping skills up to date or just seeking the company of colleagues, your reward from participating will exceed your investment many times over. I have only included groups that I know to have an active chapter in the Philadelphia area, just as a way to illustrate the F2F aspect of association activity and provide ideas of associations that are likely to exist anywhere.
I'd like to let you know about the AIDS Library 20th Anniversary on Thursday June 28th. Very timely as June happens to be AIDS Education Month. Way back when in graduate school, I was classmates with Jenny Pierce, who is a Librarian at the AIDS Library. I volunteered at the AIDS Library for a time as well.
I probably don't need to tell you about all of the important work that this group of people have accomplished in the past 20 years (www.aidslibrary.org).
Six participants in this year’s Emerging Leaders program have been charged with creating or finding options for “rebranding the library profession in the digital world.” The Project KK group has crafted a survey intended to go out to as broad a spectrum of library professionals as possible to analyze current perceptions and future trends in librarianship.
As an afterthought it seems to make sense to cross-post my entry on the DU SLA Student Chapter blog over to this one - just to keep everything in one place. I will preface my remarks by saying that while I've attended several SLA conferences as a day-tripper, this was the first time I stayed for the duration. The glamor of three days marching around the Baltimore Convention Center with so many other librarians, all wearing sensible shoes! ; ) Seriously - I enjoyed myself like a kid in a candy shop.
Like anyone else who was raised on a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons, there's a part of my brain that can't help but respond to animations - even cheezy ones - even (oh no!) library skills instructional videos! Since this is a blog and I'm new to e-journalling I'll fall back on the time-honored tradition of sharing confessions...