Think your MLIS degree will keep you in the background? Think again.
“New MLIS holders are often reluctant or don’t quite understand how quickly they will find themselves in management and leadership positions,” Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom explains.
With this knowledge, how can we as MLIS students prepare to be successful leaders?
The iSchool’s Leadership & Management Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Sue Alman and Dr. Stenstrom, hosted several webinars that featured library leaders who truly make an impact in their field. We covered part one and part two in earlier posts. The third webinar, “A Day in the Life of a Leader: Part 3,” featured Dr. Melissa Fraser-Arnott, Chief of Integrated Library Services at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada.
Have you ever attended a conference? If not, it is likely you will at least once during your career. Big conferences like ALA Annual or Young Adult Services Symposium to small conferences like ones held by your state library association are excellent opportunities for professional development.
Last week I attended the Maryland Library Association / Delaware Library Association Conference in Cambridge, MD. This was my first professional conference as an MLIS student. It was a great learning experience for me and I hope to pass some of that knowledge on to you.
We all know leadership is important. But what does leadership look like in an academic library?
The iSchool’s Leadership & Management Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Sue Alman and Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom, hosted several webinars that featured library leaders who truly make an impact in their field. We covered part one in an earlier post. The second webinar, “A Day in the Life of a Leader: Part 2,” featured Dr. Tracy Elliot, the dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at SJSU.
Dr. Elliot worked at several other colleges before coming to SJSU to take the position of dean in June 2016. She holds a doctorate in leadership and a master’s in library science.
Dr. Elliot said she had “no hesitations” about taking a leadership role and “jumped in headfirst” to her new role.
Despite her confidence, she admits she learned a lot in her new position.
You may already have a LinkedIn profile, a professional Twitter account or a detailed Indeed profile. But what about a website? Employers want to see samples of your work, descriptions of your job responsibilities and a showcase of your skills—preferably all in one place. What platform gives you all this and more? A personal website.
If you’re thinking: “I don’t know how to code!”—don’t worry. There are tons of great platforms out there that do not require any skill. If you do have some knowledge, you can also start from scratch or choose a platform with customization capabilities. Either way, creating your personal, professional website can be easy and even a little fun.
Choosing a platform. There are lots of options available to you. Some of these are available for free and some require a subscription fee. Most have a free option that comes with a lot of branding (AKA promotional text from the platform). Three platforms I have worked with in the past are detailed below.
Going into my first job interview for a teacher librarian position, I had no idea what to expect. I had not worked in the field before, so I wasn’t sure what to emphasize as my strengths. The administration took a chance on me and now I am in my second year as a teacher librarian.
So, what did I wish I knew before going into my interview? Lots of things. I certainly would have changed what skill sets I emphasized. Lucky for you, my knowledge is your gain!
Without further ado, here are the five things I wish I knew before my interview and how you can use them to your advantage.
If you have a Twitter account, you probably use it like most people: live-tweeting the season premiere of your favorite TV show or sharing your opinion about the new restaurant in town. While this is a diverting activity, Twitter can also be really useful for networking and professional development—when used properly. As someone who uses Twitter regularly to interact with librarians around the world, I can say with certainty that this social media platform can do so much more than update you on the minutia of your friend’s day. So, how can you use Twitter to network and build your professional contacts? Here are my tips for making the most out of Twitter.
Many employers look for leaders. But what does that mean in the library world? A new series of webinars aims to answer that question.
Starting last week, the iSchool’s Leadership & Management Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Sue Alman and Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom, began hosting webinars that feature library leaders who truly make an impact in their field. The very first of these webinars was entitled “A Day in the Life of a Leader: Part 1.” It focused on two librarians at St. Thomas Public Library in Ontario, Canada: Dana Vanzanten, Manager of Advocacy and Community Development, and Heather Robinson, Chief Executive Officer.
Dr. Stenstrom explained the webinars meet “the need for the School of Information to help students see a path towards management and management careers . . . having a view into a typical day in the life of a leader might be useful for students.”
As students deeply entrenched in the library world, you’ve probably read about the recent controversy over books in New York correctional institutions. If not, let me catch you up. This past January, it was reported that inmates would no longer be able to receive packages except from a few carefully selected vendors. This would mean that families can no longer send comfort items from home, including books, and inmates only have access to the few books sold by the approved vendors. Luckily, after a public outcry, the state put the new guidelines on hold until they can be further reviewed. In a related story, The New York Times reported that Texas prisons have a ban on 10,000 books. Some of the banned works include children’s books and humor titles.
These stories made me question what goes on at prison libraries. When a webinar invitation appeared in my email about correctional librarianship, I knew that was just what I needed to educate myself on this timely topic.
You may feel like you’re often the best candidate for the job, but for reasons you can’t really pin down, you find yourself going to interview after interview with no call-backs. What’s going on?
According to a substantial number of LIS hiring managers, job applicants unfamiliar with interview expectations and etiquette frequently sabotage their chances without realizing what caused the damage. These are the issues that may be harming your interview outcomes:
Your punctuality. There is no such thing as fashionably late in interviews, and no matter how good your excuse for lateness may be, you’ve already started things off poorly. You want to arrive about 5-10 minutes early, giving yourself enough time to breathe deeply, settle your thoughts, and review your notes about the organization and the job.
By Kim Dority
You’ve probably heard it many times – doing at least one internship before you graduate will substantially increase your job opportunities after you graduate.
And, in fact, that’s generally true.
The problem is, no one tells you how to find the time to take on an internship when you may be working at least part-time, handling family obligations, and struggling to keep up with the required number of courses.
The reality is that even under the best of circumstances, it’s going to be a challenge. However, there are some strategies that might make it a bit easier to work this extra commitment into your life. For example: