10/06/2011 § 9 Comments
UPDATE: John Chrastka, Director of Membership Development at ALA, commented and alerted us to The Conference Tracker from American Libraries Magazine. This is another great way to track the conference, and pulls in a lot of the avenues Nicole mentioned in her post. Thanks John and AmLib Magazine!
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Like some of us here at Hack Lib School, you may not be able to attend the ALA Conference this summer. Or maybe, there are other conferences you are not able to actually attend. Below are some ideas on how you can participate and follow a conference without actually being there in person. Most are directed at this year’s Annual conference but you could definitely apply them to others. Please feel free to post other suggestions in the comments!
13/05/2011 § 3 Comments
36 credit hours complete. It felt pretty wonderful to see that on my transcript this past week. After 5 semesters and about 20 months, I have completed my MLIS degree. Still feels a bit surreal. Probably won’t hit me until I walk at graduation next week. It’s exciting, though. And made more exciting as I am very lucky to already have full-time employment as a Research Analyst.
It all has me thinking, though, how will I stay connected now that I will not be going to class and interacting with other students on a regular basis? How will I keep myself a part of the profession? In my previous career I became pretty insulated and it was hard to continue that learning process. I really want to make sure that doesn’t happen to me now, especially working in a fairly private environment.
11/04/2011 § 22 Comments
Research Analyst. Yup, no “librarian” in that title. Yet, it’s my current job title. And it is the job title of my 6 other colleagues. They all of have MLIS degrees (and very soon so will I!) Now I’ve discussed my role in a previous post on special libraries. So I won’t go into that again. But what I did want to talk about is this whole idea of using the skills taught in the MLIS degree and how you can apply them to positions outside the “typical” library setting.