Published: July 27, 2021 by Leslie Parry
Dority, the iSchool Student and Alumni Career Advisor,
recently gave an insightful presentation about an essential (if
occasionally dreaded) topic: “How to Build Your
Professional Network (Without Feeling Weird About It).” To
some people, the idea of networking can be exciting and
invigorating; to others, awkward and stressful. No matter if
you’re an extrovert or an introvert, a graduate student or a
seasoned librarian, network-building is core to the profession.
But don’t let your anxiety get the better of you. As Dority
describes, it’s not about schmoozing or having transactional,
superficial relationships; it is about growth, connection, and
helping your colleagues and friends. “Building a valuable,
sustainable network is a long-term play that involves creating
genuine relationships of mutual benefit,” she says.