Classes are wrapping up, and there are about 6 weeks of academic freedom ahead (classes resume January 24). Six weeks? That’s a lot of opportunities to catch up on your non-required reading (also, napping).
If you’re anything like me, you have some articles saved in your RSS feed, or newsletters “marked as unread” in your inbox, or 12 open tabs in your browser just waiting for a moment of your time. That time is now (and the next few weeks). So please be kind as I admit that I haven’t read all of these! I also welcome your additions in the comments!
Today’s wisdom comes from Kim Dority, information professional extraordinaire. I know we’ve heard about the value of internships (and making time for a couple worked for me), but Kim takes the time to address some of the rarely discussed practicalities.
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 coursework.
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:
We’re almost to the end! Some of you are probably already done for the semester, while others still have a few days, so I thought this might be a good time for some alumni wisdom. You know, wise words to help us de-stress (that’s a real coping mechanism, right?).
The iSchool has a robust and enthusiastic alumni community, and many of its members have made themselves available to us through the Facebook group, Alumni Career Spotlights, and Community Profiles. Library and archives people are naturally helpful, so they’re usually happy to answer questions and give students a hand.
On Thursday evening from 6:00-6:30pm Pacific, iSchool Connext is presenting an intriguingly titled program: The Difference Between Management and Leadership. Karlene Clark, an iSchool student, Coordinator of Circulation Services and Student Employees at Chester Fritz Library, and iSchool Connext secretary, will be the speaker.
Karlene will draw from her experience to help us understand how management and leadership are actually separate skills. “She will discuss the differences and strengths of managers and leaders, explaining why it is a myth that everyone can be a leader and why both are needed within organizations – especially libraries” (source). Besides professional development, this event sounds like it could tie in well with INFO 204: Information Professions.
Today is the day the Open Classes sign-up form for the iSchool’s Spring 2018 semester becomes available. The exclusively online Open Classes program is open to everyone with a bachelor's degree or higher, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for two distinct groups of people.
The Info Pro
Taking open classes at SJSU’s School of Information is an excellent way for experienced LIS professionals to brush up on existing skills or develop some new ones, stay up-to-date on current issues and best practices, or learn something new in order to help advance your career. Enrolling in a course just because it sounds interesting is a totally legitimate reason, too!
If you’ve taken INFO 200 and watched Dr. Michael Stephens’ lectures, or taken his hyperlinked libraries class, or read his “Office Hours” column in Library Journal, or read his book, or ever heard him speak, then you know he is passionate about connecting with the global community of library folks. That made him the perfect choice for the Special Libraries Association Student Chapter’s (SLASC) recent virtual program, “Demystifying Conferences.”
For anyone doing their eportfolio this semester, November 20 is a date imprinted on their brains. That’s the day everything must be completed and approved in order to pass and, therefore, graduate. It’s kind of a big deal.
November 20 is this Monday, so if you’re done, congratulations! If you’re not, well, keep this tab open to read for later and get back to work!
Whether you’ve recently completed your eport or are planning to soon, I have a few ideas about giving your hard work a longer shelf life:
In my quest to learn All The Things LIS careers-related, I spoke to Brad Rogers, Director of Recruiting at LibGig. LibGig is a staffing firm for the library and information management professions, which means it’s customized for people like us and organizations who might hire us. “Brad is responsible for running LibGig operations and web services and managing recruitment for LibGig and all LAC Group’s divisions” (source), which makes him an invaluable fount of information for a soon-to-be-graduating iSchooler. I hope you think so, too!
“Recent graduates are experiencing faster placements and earning more money than last year’s” is the big take away from Library Journal’s Placements and Salaries: 2017. Each year, LJ surveys ALA-accredited library and information science schools, analyzes the results, and publishes the data. There has not always been great news like this year, but there’s always some interesting tidbits. Here are a few of the stats that jumped out at me:
Are you interested in a career outside of academic or public libraries? Are you curious about LIS jobs in the pharmaceutical industry or another STEM area? Do you want to know what job titles to search for beyond “librarian”? Then I wholeheartedly recommend you watch a recent Career Development webcast: Information Management Roles in Pharmaceutical Companies.
The speaker, Mindy Beattie, is Associate Director of Library and Information Services at Gilead Sciences and proof that you don’t need a STEM background to land jobs in the pharmaceutical industry. In a thoughtful and engaging presentation, Mindy discusses her background and how she got to Gilead, the roles she and her team play, and how the LIS group supports and fits into the corporation.