Career Podcasts

Overview Nicole Purviance

Career Podcasts

How do you get from where you are (passionate, smart student) to where you’d like to be (happily employed information professional with a thriving career)? Find out from individuals who’ve done just that – and are willing to share their journeys.

Join us for our Career Podcasts as we explore the vast library and information science career landscape and glean career advice from expert practitioners drawn from various professional pathways. Listen at your convenience to these publicly available interviews and learn how others have successfully navigated the types of career challenges common to the information profession.

Post Nicole Purviance

Career Insights from Shelley Saindon

Career Insights from Shelley Saindon

Shelley Saindon has a terrific job as a special librarian: she’s the senior team manager for the Information Center of the Charles Schwab & Co. headquarters in San Francisco, CA. But it’s just the most recent of many jobs she’s held in corporate or law-firm settings, during which she honed her research, people, and management skills. Today she uses all three of those skills while managing multiple teams and responding to global requests for information. But listen in as Saindon credits another skill – being able to learn on demand – for many of the career leaps she’s made (and don’t miss her advice and encouragement for aspiring special librarians!).

Recorded: November 11, 2019
Audio Duration: 47 minutes

Post Nicole Purviance

Career Insights from Ryan Gan

Career Insights from Ryan Gan

When he got his MLIS from SJSU, Ryan Gan knew he loved working in libraries and wanted to continue to do so, but he was also interested in exploring all the different types of library positions and their challenges. Whether as a teen librarian, a public library director, or in his current role as systems librarian for Schauerman Library at El Camino College, Gan has looked for opportunities to learn, grow, collaborate, and contribute to his organization and its constituencies. Join him as he shares his professional journey, as well as his most important take-aways from grad school.

Recorded: October 31, 2019
Audio Duration: 38 minutes

Post Nicole Purviance

Career Insights from Karin Mente

Career Insights from Karin Mente

How do you navigate a LIS career that involves changing locations, changing employers, and changing opportunities? If you’re like iSchool alumna Karin Mente, you do it with a sense of adventure and a great deal of adaptability! In this podcast, Mente shares the career moves and insights that have led to her current role as an online academic librarian and information literacy coach.

Recorded: June 5, 2019
Audio Duration: 37 minutes

Post Nicole Purviance

Career Insights from Chris Coughlan

Career Insights from Chris Coughlan

Chris Coughlan, director of digital strategy for Colorado-based Aten Design Group, turned her Master of Library and Information Science degree and an interest in people-computer engagement into a fascinating career involving user experience (UX), information architecture, and working with client projects, needs, and expectations. Join us for this down-to-earth explanation of what UX work is all about, and what skills you’ll want to consider for this fascinating (and growing) career path.

Recorded: May 7, 2019
Audio Duration: 32 minutes

Post Nicole Purviance

Career Insights from Scott Brown

Career Insights from Scott Brown

Senior Cybrarian for Oracle, information entrepreneur, author, and iSchool adjunct faculty member, Scott Brown’s passion, curiosity, and commitment to adaptability has resulted in a highly successful LIS career. More importantly, it’s one that this SJSU MLIS graduate finds tremendously rewarding. Join us as Brown recounts how he got from student to Cybrarian and shares his advice for students on building their own best careers.

Recorded: May 1, 2019
Audio Duration: 37 minutes

Post Nicole Purviance

Career Insights from Dee Magnoni

Career Insights from Dee Magnoni

Dee Magnoni has had multiple high-impact roles throughout her LIS career. She’s successfully moved among academic, government, and corporate libraries numerous times, and is now assistant vice president for Information Services and director of New Brunswick Libraries at Rutgers University. Are you wondering how adaptable your LIS skill set can be in a changing profession? Listen to how she made those transitions in a constantly evolving and thriving career.

Recorded: March 6, 2019
Audio Duration: 33 minutes

Post Nicole Purviance

Career Insights from Buzzy Basch

Career Insights from Buzzy Basch

As one of the most respected vendors in the library and information science world for decades as the head of Basch Subscriptions, Buzzy Basch brings unique and engaging insights into where the profession has come from and where it’s heading. Check out this podcast for his advice on how to make yourself an irresistible employee!

Recorded: January 3, 2019
Audio Duration: 20 minutes