Do you know about the Library 2.012 conference?
Co-founded by my alma mater, the key concept for this conference is “inclusive.” There are over 150 presentations from all over the globe, covering a wide range of today’s (and tomorrow’s) library issues. Best of all, it’s FREE! You won’t even occur any travel costs, because the content is all delivered virtually to you in the comfort of your own home or office.
I combed through the 150 presentations and picked out four which look particularly relevant to job hunters. You can click on the link to learn more about them, and you can figure out when they will be presented by looking at the schedule. I don’t really know anything more about these, so I’m not endorsing them, just pointing them out, ok?
Presented by Suzanna Conrad, Digital Initiatives Librarian, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
In tough economic times it can be daunting to even get interviews, much less land a job. The library field has been heavily impacted by budget cuts and the stagnated economy. How can new librarians navigate the limited opportunities and still differentiate themselves from the hundreds of applications many HR departments are receiving for one position? Within this presentation, the co-presenters will talk about their “campaigns” to find full-time professional librarian positions in two different types of institutions and how they augmented their resumes with professional development activities such as association and committee involvement, publications and speaking engagements to differentiate themselves from other applicants. The presentation will also address the importance of professional development involvement to the future of the profession.
Presented by Africa Hands, Librarian/Information Professional, Hands On Research Solutions
Librarians have been using social media for several years to promote their services and institution. This presentation will focus on ways librarians can use social media for self-promotion and career advancement. Presenters will discuss how to take your blog efforts from soap box and sounding board to sales and professional marketing material; how to use LinkedIn to build online relationships, find opportunities, and demonstrate expertise; and provide an overview for setting up and using your Twitter profile to network and mine the Internet for employment opportunities.
Presented by Elizabeth Psyck, Liaison Librarian, Grand Valley State University
This session will look at what Twitter is and how librarians across the country are currently using it to meet and keep in touch with colleagues and participate in events. This will not be a discussion of how to use Twitter to promote your library and its services. The emphasis is on personal/professional development and networking. Different types of accounts (personal and/or professional; anonymous/semi-anonymous/named) will be discussed along with the benefits and drawbacks of each. New users will learn what Twitter is and how to use it. More advanced users will get tips on how to develop personal learning networks and participate in conversations with colleagues. Strategies for finding accounts to follow, how to participate in discussions, and how to keep from being overrun with spam will be presented. Participation in conferences and events via Twitter will be demonstrated.
Presented by Lisa Chow, Library Journal Mover & Shaker, People Interact
Anyone can be a leader. You don’t need to be in a leadership position to develop leadership skills. In three simple and easy to remember concepts, participants will learn valuable tips, tricks and tools for paving the way to leadership and career success in the 21st century.
1. Participants will conduct an individualized career analysis.
2. Participants will receive an overview of useful tips and tools.
3. Participants will be equipped with practical career strategies that can be implemented immediately.
And oh by the way! Because I know you appreciate shameless self-promotion:
My former classmate Sarah Naumann and I will be presenting the results of our study of the way that San Francisco Bay Area libraries use on-call librarians. It will take place on October 3rd at 7PM Pacific. Come and check it out! It’s my first time ever presenting at a conference, so only the most gentle of heckling, please. When the conference has started, this link should take you directly to our presentation:
Will you be presenting, attending, or volunteering? Leave a comment and let us know!