Erin Dorney

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Steering Your Career Through the Vast Waters of Librarianship: Career Management in An Age of Change and Uncertainty

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Conference Booklet Description: “Whether new to the profession of a seasoned veteran, taking charge of your career is vital. Learn to sail on your own before circumstances and the waves of change take hold by attending this session which introduced participants to career and professional development resources available. Learn to leverage existing relationships, develop and maintain connections to other key professionals, and develop a plan of action for staying where you are or moving to where you want to go. At whatever stage you find yourself, this session will re-energize your passion for the profession and make the most of your skills and talents.”

My Thoughts: This was one of my favorite sessions because obviously, I will have to look for a professional position within the next year or so. And boy, am I nervous about it. Haha. This session really gave me a heads up as far as how important networking can be to a career in librarianship. It is also important to develop a personal plan of action, something I am good at doing short term but could work a little more on in regards to long term goals. Key elements that were discussed were curiosity, preparation, persistence and networking.

Something that came up during the discussion was publishing for tenure. Does anyone have thoughts on this?


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June 15, 2007 at 5:33 PM

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  1. Hi Erin, I think blogging your thoughts on the SUNYLA conference was a great idea. I haven’t been published anywhere yet, but let me share my thoughts about publishing for tenure with you. It seems like the idea behind this is to make librarians equal with teaching/research faculty on their campuses. My sense is that strict rules about publishing for tenure are loosening at many libraries. Instead, think in terms of “professional development” activities, where you contribute to the library profession through a combination of things – presenting at conferences, planning/hosting regional professional meetings, blogging, teaching courses, and publishing/writing. I never felt that we should try to act like social science researchers, though some librarians are very successful at this. I think tenure portfolios really can and do include a lot more that just journal articles now, though. And, of course, many academic libraries (such as our own) do not have a tenure system to begin with.

    – Roman


    June 18, 2007 at 8:13 PM

  2. Roman –

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It makes sense that what you describe as “professional development” activities are things that can go into your tenure portfolio. I will have to research this, but does anyone know about how many academic libraries enlist the tenure system? Half? Less than half? I’m also interested in learning what kinds of publishing is considered profession. For instance, does it have to be an article in a peer reviewed journal? Does it have to be original research? I will have to look these things up!


    June 19, 2007 at 4:28 PM

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