CLA for Job Hunters

The California Library Association Conference is this weekend in San Jose.

Looking over the program, I can see they’ve created a Career and Staff Development track, which includes three sessions that should be of interest to job hunters:

SATURDAY 11/3: Session B: 10:30AM-11:30AM:

Testing the Limits: A Toolkit Check-Up for Prospective Academic Librarians

Adolfo Prieto, CSU Fullerton

Do you think you have reached the limits of what you can do to prepare for a career in an academic library? There are a variety of resources available to help prospective academic librarians prepare for their careers. In this session, participants will have an opportunity to review the tools they use to be competitive for academic librarianship as well as to learn about new tools and approaches they may incorporate into their plan for landing their first position.

SATURDAY 11/3: Session C: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Follow Your Heart: Parlaying Your Interests into Career Opportunities

Cindy Mediavilla, California State Library and UCLA Department of Information Studies

Are you at a crossroads in your career and don’t know which way to go? Follow your heart by taking a self-inventory of your interests and what skills and knowledge you can offer others. Cindy Mediavilla will discuss how to market your services to potential employers and clients by first identifying what’s of most importance to you. Audience members will have a chance to brainstorm potential career paths based on their professional–and personal–interests.

SUNDAY 11/4: Session H: 11:00AM-12:30PM

A New Career Path for Library Support Staff: the Library Support Staff Certification Program

Nancy Bolt, Nancy Bolt & Associates

The ALA sponsored Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is a new, alternative career path, in the library profession that recognizes the critical role of support staff in libraries. Through certification, support staff can demonstrate existing and learn new knowledge and skills, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and contribute to the betterment of the library where they work. This interactive program will discuss LSSC eligibility, the ALA competencies that make up the program, cost, and assistance available to candidates, and tips for success. LSSC candidates in California will be invited to share their reasons for applying to become an LSSC candidate.

And it looks like a couple of the poster sessions might be of interest as well, at least from the perspective of understanding what hiring managers are thinking:

SATURDAY 11/3: 12:00-1:00PM

Partnerships for Launching Successful Recruitment

Julie Mason, UC Riverside; Patricia Smith-Hunt, UC Riverside

The IE LEADS initiative is a successful collaboration of libraries (public, academic, and special) in the greater Ontario-Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area (Inland Empire) committed to recruiting and educating new librarians to serve in our diverse communities. This poster illustrates the many unique opportunities (professional development, internship, and mentoring ) that the IE LEADS project provides for MLIS students and library staff through the support of the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

SUNDAY 11/4: 12:30-1:30PM

Leading Innovation: LAPL’s Residency Program

Amy Bradley, Los Angeles Public Library; Gloria Grover, Los Angeles Public Library; Cindy Mediavilla, Project Manager

Although most post-MLIS residency programs occur in academic libraries, the Los Angeles Public Library recently conducted a 6-month pilot to test the various elements contributing to a successful public library residency. Project participants will be on hand to discuss their experience.

And oh yeah…

I’m doing a poster session too!

On SATURDAY 11/3: 12:00-1:00PM, my research partner and I will be presenting: Ready, Set, On The Go: How Bay Area Libraries Use On-Call Librarians. We’ll be talking more about the results of an exploratory survey study about the hiring, management, and treatment of on-call librarians in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We first introduced our work at the Library 2.012 conference.  If you’d like to listen to a recording of that presentation, look at our slides and script, or preview our topics for CLA, please visit our project website.

BUT, even if you are not interested in our research, please stop by and say hi!  

Nixon Welcomes the Apollo Astronauts

I would love to meet you!

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