I recently wrote about how you can use Library 2.0 to boost your career. Well, I’ve been thinking about it some more and have come up with a few additional ideas. Library 2.0: Makerspaces is tomorrow (don’t worry, sessions will be recorded), so now seemed like a good time to share. I’d love to read ideas from you in the comments!
If you are enrolled in INFO 200 this semester, then you qualify for a free one-year membership in a professional organization. This is awesome, because a) the iSchool student groups are top notch, and b) membership in professional organizations has all kinds of benefits. So how to choose? Here’s where I come in!
On Thursday, October 5 at 5:30pm PDT, SJSU Career Center liaison extraordinaire, Jill Klees, will hold her monthly workshop via Collaborate. Her presentation – “Update Your Resume” – is timely for you if you are:
- preparing to graduate
- considering an internship
- a recent graduate
- looking to get a job.
So, in sum, it will be useful for everyone!
One of Jill’s great talents is making online Collaborate sessions feel welcoming, inclusive, and personal. She’s always happy to answer participant questions, and I always come away from one of her workshops feeling both energized and smarter.
Remember that alumni survey I referred to last week? You probably won’t be surprised that your colleagues had plenty more to say! One interesting issue that emerged is that pretty much everyone said, “No matter what else you do, be sure to do an internship before you graduate,” and yet only 1/3 actually did one. This seems to be a classic case of “do as I say, not what I do.”
Have you registered for the Library 2.0 conference that’s happening in just a couple of weeks? Perhaps I should back up a bit – do you know about the free, virtual, Library 2.0 conference on October 11? If not, you should definitely check it out, as it’s a pretty amazing collection of events that the iSchool puts together for the LIS community each year.
The iSchool recently introduced a new career pathway – Data Science. Perhaps this doesn’t strike you as very library-sounding? It may not seem so at first, but after learning a little more about what data science is, it makes total sense.
“Data science is the art and science of collecting, organizing, processing, analyzing, archiving, preserving, and providing access to massive amounts of data in order to extract meaningful information” (source). See? Now it makes sense that it falls under the LIS umbrella. Librarians have been organizing and making findable (cataloging) data (collections) since the beginning of
time libraries. Now that mankind has shifted from cuneiform to papyrus to paper and now to digital formats, the world needs librarians to make sense of the virtual clutter.
If you’re reading this blog, then hopefully you also are aware of the Career Development resources the iSchool provides. One of the most practical pages in the collection is Job Listing Sites and Resources; it is literally a long list of websites where both MLIS and MARA folks can look at job postings.
The list (and the job search) can be kind of intimidating, I know. But the good news is that I have insider information to share with you! The iSchool recently surveyed 2016 MLIS graduates, and participants shared “3 resources that have been helpful in your job search.” Here’s what I learned:
One of the nice things about the iSchool’s online community is that there are a lot of ways to connect. Besides class discussion posts and group projects, we have
- a Facebook group
- an eportfolio support Facebook group (it’s “secret,” so when you’re ready to join, ask someone you know – or a member of the first Facebook group – to invite you)
- a LinkedIn group
- a Yahoo group (you do need to sign up for a Yahoo account to join, but it’s worth it!)
- the wide world of Twitter
Want more social media accounts to follow? This post lists lots of interesting accounts for LIS students and professionals to investigate.
We also have active and welcoming student chapters of professional organizations:
If you are not brand new to the iSchool, you may remember SpartaJobs, SJSU’s job database. SpartaJobs is dead; long live Handshake! Handshake is the name of the new database, and it couldn’t be easier to start using. Current students automatically have access, and recent alumni retain access for one year post-graduation.
All you need to start searching for jobs is your SJSUOne ID and password (the same info you use to sign into Canvas and MySJSU). The first time you log in, Handshake will lead you through the steps to set up your profile, like adding geographical constraints, work experience, and skills. You can always add to or edit your profile later.
As part of my effort to explore the available LIS career paths, I reached out to some SJSU iSchool alumni to learn about their jobs. The third stop on this career tour was Bridget Thrasher (previous stops: Digital Music Librarian and Public Librarian). She is the Earth and Environmental Sciences Librarian at Stanford University, which sounds pretty fun (and very impressive). I asked her to talk about academic libraries, her work, and her path, and she was gracious enough to agree. I hope you find this as fascinating as I do!
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, where you work, and what you do?