Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April: The New Professionals Series

METRO and ACRL/NY have united to cosponsor a series of webinars and workshops designed especially for new professionals and soon-to-be graduates.
The Future for Libraries: A guide for new professionals
The New Professionals series begins next Thursday, April 11 at 1:00pm EST with a conversation between Eli Neiburger, Associate Director for IT and Production at the Ann Arbor District Library, Jason Kucsma, METRO's Executive Director, and Davis Erin Anderson, METRO's Community Engagement Manager. In this session, Eli will share insights into how libraries and librarians can -- and must -- adapt to an increasingly digital future. As one of the foremost futurists in the field today, Eli's insights have been featured in Library Journal's first-ever virtual ebook summit in 2010 and in keynote addresses for the Lake Superior Library System, the Connecticut Library System, and the upcoming Oregon Virtual Reference Summit. His book, GAMERS...in the LIBRARY?! was published in 2007 by ALA Editions. Register here.
Librarianship as an 'Avocational Vocation:' Advice for new professionals
On Wednesday, April 24, Char Booth, Instruction Services Manager and E-Learning Librarian at the Claremont Colleges, will join us for "Librarianship as an 'Avocational Vocation' - Advice for new professionals." This webinar will feature Char in discussion with Jason Kucsma on Char’s innovative work to expand outreach and interaction with Claremont's patrons, as well as her experiences as an educator. As her book Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators indicates, Char's work has illustrated the impact of impassioned service for libraries and librarians. Register here.
Beyond the MLIS: How to navigate your new career in Libraries, Archives, and Information Centers
The third part in the New Professionals series, features Elisabeth Doucett, author of Creating Your Library Brand: Communicating Your Relevance and Value to Your Patrons (published by the American Library Association in 2008) and What They Don't Teach You in Library School (published by ALA in 2011). With METRO Career Consultant Ellen Mehling, this webinar will feature Liz's perspectives on the transition between grad school and the working world, career planning, staying on top of trends in the field, thriving in new environments, and how to thrive in your first management role. Register here.
Launch Your Library Career: Finding, and Getting, Your Ideal Job
Advice gleaned from these three webinars will be put into practice in a pair of in-person workshops on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Led by ACRL/NY's Carrie Netzer Wajda and Susanne Markgren, "Launch Your Library Career: Finding, and Getting, Your Ideal Job" is designed to bring recent graduates, new professionals, and those in career transition up to speed on successfully navigating a job search in today’s market. Participants will build a set of deliverables that will assist them throughout the process of landing a job in the field. Part I: Preparing Yourself, and Your Materials, for the Challenge will take place from 10am till 1pm, and Part II: Creating and Managing a Professional Online Presence is scheduled from 2pm till 4pm. Register for Part I here and Part II here. A discount is available for attendees who wish to attend both sessions.

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