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St. Louis Saturday! September 19, 2006

Posted by Stephanie McReynolds in FYI.

Join your fellow students, alums and colleagues at the Brentwood Bread Co. this Saturday, September 23 at 10:00 am. We will enjoy good food and great conversation!The topic for this Saturday is Professional Development. Since this is a broad topic, we were unable to find just one article that covered everything we would like to discuss, so here are a few very short articles.

This article covers the sort of skills employers are seeking.
Gordon, Rachel Singer. Next Generation Librarianship. American Libraries v. 37 no. 3 (March 2006) p. 36-8

This article addresses changing careers and jobs.
Markgren, S., et. al., How do I get there from here? Changing jobs, changing roles, changing institutions. College & Research Libraries News v. 65 no. 11 (December 2004) p. 653-6

This 1 page article talks about the benefits of finding a professional mentor.
Hawkins, E. I Often Wished for a Mentor. Alki v. 20 no. 2 (July 2004) p. 33

This 1 page article offers good advice on challenging yourself at your current job and seeking out new opportunities.
Pergander, M. Be Your Own Successor. American Libraries v. 37 no. 5 (May 2006) p. 62

All articles may be found in the Library Literature and Information Science Full Text database accessed through MU Libraries Gateway.

We hope to see you this Saturday!

St. Louis LISGA committee:
Stephanie Hood
Amy Pennington
Shannon Delaware (Clarkin)



1. DrumPhil - September 27, 2006

Sorry that I missed Saturday, but had another commitment. The articles, though, are quite good. The Markgren piece, “How do I get there”, is great advice for people making a career change. Lots of skills and experiences from previous work apply to library work. You just have to draw the connections for the person interviewing you.

2. DrumPhil - September 27, 2006

Rachel Singer Gordon also has good insights about current skills. Personally, I believe that an MLS student should study the theory more while in the degree program, because that gives you a foundation that will last throughout your career. Then during the last year of studies, it is not a bad idea to take a few technical classes and pick up skills needed in the job market. But I would not take technical classes too early in the program, because the technology will change before you graduate, whereas the theory classes teach timeless principles.

You can always go back to the community college or tech school and learn the latest technology skill at a time when you are ready to use it.

3. sj - September 27, 2006

Good point about the tech classes, DrumPhil. I am learning a lot in Web Development right now, but I think that this class will give me enough of a foundation to go out and learn more on my own. From what I can tell, you don’t need a certificate to prove to prospective employers that you know the tech stuff, you just need to be able to show them that you can actually do it.

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