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On Tuesday I’m headed to Washington DC for the 2012 Computers in Libraries conference (also known as CiL, hashtag #cildc). It’s my first time but I have heard great things from past attendees. Really looking forward to my first conference since early December! I’ll definitely be hitting up @jill_hw for my SU iSchool wristband (any other SU grads out there who are attending?).
I’m presenting “Redesigning Reference Models” with two of my Millersville colleagues on Friday, March 23 from 10:30-11:15am. We’ll be talking about how our renovation project gave us the opportunity to rethink how we provide research help to the campus community, particularly without a centralized physical reference desk. Check out our teaser video and collaborative Google Doc to learn more. We’re encouraging everyone to use the hashtag #undesk for our session so we can keep track of the conversations.
I’ll be blogging, but I’m not sure exactly when due to informal TableCons, LobbyCons, FireCons and BarCons that I’ve been assured will crop up. Live-blogging sessions, nightly recaps, post-conference highlights…anything is possible. There is a list of other CiL bloggers and the conference blog is a pretty nice resource too.
If you want to eat/chat/etc, hit me up on Twitter @libscenester. There are just a few days left to apply for our open Learning Design Librarian position, so if you want to discuss the job at all, hit me up in DC. Hope to see you there!
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I am pleased to welcome my first guest blogger! Nicole Pagowsky is an Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Arizona. She is a 2011 ALA Emerging Leader, a volunteer/admin for Radical Reference, and Tweets @pumpedlibrarian. If you are interested in writing a guest post, please contact me.
Navigating your career compass
by Nicole Pagowsky
One night before a panel presentation, a combination of lack of sleep and nervous/excited energy prompted me to completely scrap my original outline when I was hit with a random-seeming epiphany about a thing I called a “career compass.” That panel presentation was at ALA Annual 2011 in New Orleans, and it’s where I met Erin, as we were on a panel with a number of other librarians for REFORMA’s How I Landed My First Librarian Position, And What I Did ‘In Between’. Luckily for me, my explanation of this idea was coherent, and so Erin invited me to write a guest post for her blog explaining this concept and to also write about one of my projects, Librarian Wardrobe.
The panel and some background
So first, a little background on this panel — it was geared toward LIS students, early career librarians, and any information professionals looking for their first position in the field. Those of us on the panel had a variety of experiences, from being academic, school, public, or special librarians, as well as spending time on hiring committees. The main purpose though was to have us new(ish) librarians talk about what we did before and during our search in a very rough economic downturn to ensure we were attractive to employers. We all have been involved in a number of projects before and after our first positions, so we were asked to share our advice with the audience who may feel lost or unsure about what to do during the first job search (aside from applying to jobs).
At the time, I was a community college librarian in Dallas, TX, but have since moved on to be an Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Arizona. So now I have two job search experiences under my belt, and both in tough times (2009 and 2011). This career compass I thought of that night imparts a 360 view to your job search and your personal brand.
Your career compass
So, essentially, backwards on your career compass is your experience. This is your baseline need for applying to jobs. If you don’t have certain required experience, you won’t even be considered for the position. This experience is a given and makes up the foundation of your profile. Don’t miss out on this during library school or a period of unemployment.
The next step on the compass — side-to-side — would be networking and your career connections. Once you have the experience necessary to be considered, your connections will help reinforce your personal brand, either through having the chance to work on projects or scholarship with others, or opening up other opportunities in general. Networking doesn’t have to be a dirty word: I wrote a bit about it on my blog.
And finally, looking forward on your compass, you have the projects you’re excited about, and your plans for what you are doing beyond the job and your basic experience. This makes you stand out from the other hundreds of candidates competing for the same position who have the same amount of experience as you. What makes you stand out? Why should they pick you? And, looking back at networking, having more interests gives you more stuff to talk about so it’s even easier to build those professional connections.
Wrapping it up
Consider the whole picture when you are assessing your effectiveness as a candidate. Look beyond your experience and requirements for the job. To tie in Librarian Wardrobe (LW), since I have an interest in early career issues, I thought it would be useful to others to create a resource on what librarians wear to work (and job interviews, and conferences, and presentations, etc.). I myself was a little unsure about what was appropriate to wear when I was first starting out, and I can see many others are as well from the LW web stats by how many searches are done for “what does a librarian wear to work?” and various iterations. From metadata collected by each post, you can search by tag to see, for example, what academic librarians wear, or what an instruction librarian wears, or what kinds of scarves librarians are wearing, and so on. Being on Tumblr, the content (aside from interviews) is user-submitted, so we get a wide variety of positions, locations, types of libraries, and also styles. I recently participated in a virtual panel for the SLIS Library 2.011 Conference: Riding the Long Tail: Leveraging a Niche to Build a Network (the recording is now available through that link). We had some great discussions about library communities and homegrown networks.
Thanks to Erin for inviting me to write a guest post! The REFORMA panel will be offered again as a webinar in the future, and hope to see you at #alamw12!
I’ll be at the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference in State College Sunday through Wednesday (October 2-5). Thought I’d share my tentative schedule here in case anyone wants to catch up before/during/after a session or grab meals together. You can always send me a tweet or DM @libscenester to get in touch.
Sunday, October 2
3:15-4:15 – Service-Learning @ the University Library
4:30-5:30 – A Safe Space on Campus: Winning Strategies Academic Libraries Can Use to Serve GLBTQ Students and Faculty
6:30-7:30 – College & Research Division Dine Out
Monday, October 3
7:30-8:30 – Eye Opener Yoga
10:30-11:45 – Get Off the Bench: Low Cost Outreach Initiatives @ Your Academic Library (I’m moderating!)
1-2 – Poster session – I’ll be there co-presenting my poster “Changing Perspectives, Building Careers: Library Internships for Undergrads”
2:15-3:15 – Nature, Nurture, and Pennsylvania Academic Library Managers
Tuesday, October 4
9-10:15 – Beyond the Library Walls: Community Hot Spots
11-12 – Technology Tools for Assessment Toolkit
12:15-2 – College & Research Division Luncheon featuring Marshall Breeding “Beyond the ILS: Introduction and Future Directions”
3:30-4:30 – Brainstorming session about PaLA reorganization
4:30-6 – Annual Business Meeting
Wednesday, October 5
9-10:15 – Rethinking Information Literacy: Classroom Evidence for Incorporating Students’ Social Media Practices into our Professional Understanding
10:30-11:45 – PA Poets Write About Pennsylvania, and Other States of Being!
This is the first time I’ll be bringing my iPad with me to a conference, so we’ll see how it goes with note taking! Any advice on good iPhone or iPad apps to have for conferences?
If you’re going to be in State College for the 2011 Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference, consider attending the unofficial tweetup! It would be super lame if you spent the first night of the conference alone in your hotel room, and Otto’s Pub & Brewery has a great beer list! Anyone is welcome, whether you tweet or not. We’ll be drinking, networking, and gearing up for the next three days of conferencing.
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2011
Time: 8 PM – 11 PM
Place: Otto’s Pub & Brewery (http://ottospubandbrewery.net/)
Our hashtag is #palatweetup, so use that if you’re doing any pre-event tweeting! I’ll also probably start a twitter list of attendees at some point. If you’re wondering what a tweetup is, it’s where people who Twitter (or use other social networks) meet up in real life. It is a great opportunity to meet virtual friends in real life and learn more about common interests (in this case, libraries).
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153110941445881
Hope to see you there!
I’ve been following a great NMRT listserv discussion about business cards for MLS students/new professionals. I thought it might be nice to synthesize some of the advice in a blog post, along with offering some thoughts of my own.
Traditionally, print business cards were standalone pieces, designed to provide a glimpse of an individual’s qualifications and contact information. Cards included things like an individual’s name, mailing address, phone number, fax number, office location, etc. However, business cards have undergone major transformation within our increasingly digital era. They now have the potential to provide a gateway to an individual’s full-fledged online persona.
So, what should we put on our print business cards? As a designer, I am a fan of less text. Using visual elements to create an impact is something I am always striving to improve in my own work, and that includes personal branding/identity management. Instead of listing every little detail in lines of uninspiring text (typography is the most difficult design decision for most individuals), I would advocate for the following:
- Email address
- QR code AND/OR a link leading to a landing page or something like an about.me profile
- Optional – If you are a student, you may consider including “MLS Candidate, Institution Name, Year of Graduation” next to or beneath your name. This indicates to potential employers and new contacts that you are on the market.
Potential things to include on your landing page: LinkedIn profile (if you don’t have one, go make one now), Twitter (if you tweet professional or pseudo-professionally), email, Skype, e-portfolio, blog, major awards/recognition (Library Journal Mover & Shaker, ALA Spectrum Scholar, ALA Councilor, etc.).
Using a QR code on your business card is a quick and easy way to link smart phone users to your virtual persona. QR codes are becoming more and more popular (I recently spotted one in a Sephora magazine and another one on a table tent in the University dining hall). You can generate a barcode for free as sites like this QR-Code Generator. The only thing to keep in mind is that not everyone has a smart phone (I don’t), and some who do may not have downloaded a barcode scanner. I would recommend including a short link in addition to the QR code for individuals who either don’t have barcode-scanning capacity or who are unfamiliar with QR code technology.
If that seems sparse, don’t worry. White space is one of the most valuable elements designers can have in their toolbox. Consisting of the empty space between and around graphical elements and text, white space provides breathing room and is sometimes referred to as negative space. It gives the viewer’s eye a chance to rest, along with subtle cues regarding intended visual path. Although a business card is small space-wise, visual clues and breathing room are still important. Use remaining space on the card to make some kind of personal statement, through colors (fun, professional, minimalistic), a logo, a quotation, embossing, etc. You can find some great examples on The Business Card Flickr group. Be wary of cramming too much on both sides of the business card – many people like to write notes on the back about where and when they met you, things to follow up on, etc.
Some might argue for including your job title on your business card, but I think if you want to remain flexible, leave it off. You can always include a section on your job/institution on your landing page. Plus, when you purchase business cards (check out sites like VistaPrint and MOO), you usually have to buy them in large quantities. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck with a box of outdated and useless business cards (although there are some fun things you can do with them; check out cards of change). However, you could put a more generic title after your name (one that’s not tied to your business or institution), like “Information Professional”, “Graphic Design Guru” or “Instructional Designer”.
There are lots of other voices out there, some even pondering whether print business cards are dying.What do you think? What’s on your card?
I had a fabulous time at the Charleston Conference this week. I decided to post my session notes from today while waiting for my airport shuttle. Should be back in PA by nightfall 🙂
Saturday session notes:
Jumping into the New Waters of Librarian Promotion and Appointment: How We Dove in and Survived
Bridget Euliano (Acquisitions Librarian, Duquesne University) & Carmel Yurochko (Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian, Duquesne University)
-They were a flat organization to begin with – considered non-tenure track faculty
-Pittsburg PA – private – 10,000 students – 12 FT librarians & 1 university librarian
-Wanted a tiered system for promotion for librarians
-Lots of waves: How do we create a system from scratch? Will we be reviewed fairly? Who will review us? Why should we do this?
-Timeline: took them 6 years (!)
-2002 – task force to develop documentation (looked at and cherry picked from other libraries
-2004- task force presents initial document (some people were happy, some people picked it apart)
-2005 – second task force to revise document (every task force had a different group of people)
-2007 – third and final task force (stumbling over certain words – RANK, for example)
-2008 – librarian tier process was implemented
-Initial process: everyone was considered Librarian 1 and you had 5 years to apply for promotion
-Had levels 1-4 with different requirements.
-After a year and a half, no one had applied yet
-So they created “The Expedited Process” – portfolios would be reviewed only by the University Librarian and Provost (removed intimidating aspect of traditional peer review by colleagues)
-Created informal positive peer review support group to make this a positive learning process
-2 options – initial process or expedited process
-All of the librarians except one decided to do the expedited process – all who applied were successfully promoted
-Euliano’s experience – was a new librarian there, had promotion experience from another institution, was told during the hiring process
-Yurochko’s experience – had never been through promotion process anywhere before, was told if she didn’t do this it would likely qualify as insubordination (!) because she was thinking she might retire before the application deadline, saw the organizational need for tiers so decided to participate
-Peer reviewed each others’ portfolios
-Was there a money incentive attached to tiered promotion? No guarantee at the beginning because it was new to the university and not yet, but it may come later.
-Administration didn’t know what librarians were doing, sharing the portfolios helped them learn about the publishing, presenting & research that was taking place
-Lessons learned: They want to revise the guidelines (use terminology to match that used at the university level; more clearly define which categories are appropriate for various accomplishments)
-Lessons learned: Importance of service opportunities (make them more widely available, particularly for newly hired librarians; actively seek new avenues of engagement at the university)
-Now in recruitment they can clearly delineate expectations for advertised positions
-More in line with other academic libraries
Tackling the Evolution of Libraries
Stephen Abram (Gale, Part of Cengage Learning)
-Major legislation is happening on copyright
-Moving from financial to information economy
-Google Editions – launching in the next 8 weeks – have built and algorithm to sell lower than anywhere else on the web
-What does it mean when all of the books are online? What happened when articles all went online? No one is begging for the paper copies.
-We should not be encouraging serendipitous browsing but immersive, targeted research skills
-We’re working in a non-fiction publishing space – you don’t read it from end to end (we don’t & student’s don’t)
-Each article has value on their own, but not really as a unit
-Format agnostic generation – they don’t care, it’s not helpful to them
-Geo-tagging on ads impacts what results you get
-They can contextualize ads based on the books you’re searching for/looking at
-Should we still be organizing our collection by format?
-If majority of learning is hybrid, what does your library team look like? What’s the depth of that talent when students’ primary access to learning is at the class level not the university level.
-We overwhelm them with how “smart” we are – i.e. offering 60 ways to cite instead of asking faculty preference and focusing on those three, creating widgets for their course guide
-FCC whitespace decision – people will be able to connect
-E-paper = more imagination, plasma screen = more experience
-Bloom’s taxonomy of learning – most librarians are probably text-based
-Universities are more full with more people with more learning styles
-How do libraries support this?
-Heart survey – which would make you feel better – I read the article last night OR I watched the video
-How can we support experienced based learning styles?
-15% of students at universities require some sort of adaptation
-Are we making decisions based on our end user preferences or our own preferences?
-They like to explore in layers rather than tabs (interface)
-We’re good at supporting text based learners, but how do we move beyond that?
-We have a smart generation – roe v. wade (every child is wanted), gaming, no lead paint
-Gaming changes the dynamics of how your brain works – spend 40 days to solve a videogame – this is episodic learning. This is reading.
-Print is a corpus that needs to be archived preserved.
-How and why is library business, not who, what, where, when (that’s what Google is for)
-Most people are offended when you ask them if they need help – libraries can learn from this – connect with them as a person first
-We put our OPAC out there to show our inventory instead of inviting them to have an experience
-Do we know our top 10 reference questions? No business would ignore this – they would have the answers down pat.
-Someone looking for information about pregnancy – we can give them a better experience/better help if we know their gender
-Our value add – social dimension
-The people (librarians) are the value – how many pictures are there on the library website? How many links to Facebook are there? Are we saying we’re just a search engine?
-Social software – social institution (we can relate socially to our users)
Hyde Park Corner Sound-Off and Closing Remarks
Anthony Ferguson (University of Hong Kong)
-The Charleston Conference: “A Wonderful Place to Steal Ideas”
-Genius actionable ideas:
-Just in time print and electronic information killer APP: user initiated document delivery + purchase on demand/pay per view = you can save a lot of money
-Just in time collection development on steroids – Espresso Book Machine & Lightning Source
-Remote storage isn’t just a solution for homeless books – collaborate with other libraries for storage/access so that library as a place for study can be emphasized
-University of California’s e-scholarship program which cohesively packages Open Access components (http://escholarship.org/about_escholarship.html)
-Put discipline specific critical library information on flash drives and give them away to new students
-Catchy collection development motto: “Get it at Cal State Libraries”
-Hathitrust + Google Books = everyone can have a Harvard-like collection but without the stacks headache
-All collaborative projects should generate some income in order to be sustainable
-Avoid “free riders” in collaborative projects because they take up time and energy
-Mobile devices are growing – short treatments of serious topics are being sought. Condensed books.
-Support growing for bookless branch learning commons libraries (both inside and outside the field)
-Adopting a single discovery interface (Worldcat Local, Summon, EDS) is the most radical and potentially fruitful way of connecting readers to materials
-UC San Diego demonstrating the role of the library in providing stewardship for the scholarly record by giving away a single terabyte of memory to departments across campus
-Find out what it is about the library that your president values and build upon that
-Big concepts/no immediate application:
-Delivery speed is the single most important factor for cooperative collection development
-As a profession, when confronted with a lack of funding, where are our revolutionary ideas?
-It all comes down to trust, particularly in branding
-Look at the annual Edelman Trust Barometer for ideas on how to increase trust
-Some surveys show that people miss the ability to browse (then again, other surveys show different results)
-People want information, not formats
-Readers need help with information overload. They want it to be easier
-Look for the results of the European Community SOAP (survey of open access publishing) Researchers seem to want it, but funding is an issue