Upcoming Events

ALA Midwinter 2017
Atltanta, GA

SATURDAY January 21

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
CDW:
Preparing for Today’s Job Market – The Interview

Congratulations, you got an interview… now what?! During this workshop we’ll look at what to expect when interviewing at different types of libraries: academic, special, and public. We’ll discuss both remote and in-person interviews, and talk about the importance of doing your research, preparing questions for your interviewers, and showing confidence and personality during your interview. We will talk about, and critique, interview-appropriate attire, as well as give you tips on staying comfortable while looking professional. We will work on developing your elevator pitch, and practice answering the most commonly asked interview questions. And, finally, we will provide advice on how to follow up after the interview. Throughout, we’ll emphasize how to go beyond the qualifications listed on your resume in order to show a potential employer that you are the right candidate for the job.


Past Events:

ALA 2016
Orlando, FL

SATURDAY June 25

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
CDW: 
Preparing for Today’s Job Market I – The Job Search

The number one goal for many of us, whether we are fresh out of library school or not, is finding a job. And not just any job — a job that we like, a job that we can grow in and learn from and feel proud of, a job that will enhance our skill sets and propel our careers. But the process of finding a job can be a difficult one and, at times, a long and treacherous journey. This hands-on workshop will help you feel more confident in your job search by giving you the tools to organize a search, analyze job listings, and write effective, compelling cover letters and resumes. We will also discuss the importance of creating, and maintaining, a professional online presence and look at examples of online portfolios and profiles on different platforms. All of which will help get you noticed — in a good way, and get you one step closer to the interview.

SUNDAY June 26

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
CDW: Preparing for Today’s Job Market II – The Interview

Congratulations, you got an interview… now what?! During this workshop we’ll look at what to expect when interviewing at different types of libraries: academic, special, and public. We’ll discuss both remote and in-person interviews, and talk about the importance of doing your research, preparing questions for your interviewers, and showing confidence and personality during your interview. We will talk about, and critique, interview-appropriate attire, as well as give you tips on staying comfortable while looking professional. We will work on developing your elevator pitch, and practice answering the most commonly asked interview questions. And, finally, we will provide advice on how to follow up after the interview. Throughout, we’ll emphasize how to go beyond the qualifications listed on your resume in order to show a potential employer that you are the right candidate for the job.

About the Presenters:

Susanne Markgren (MLIS, MFA) is the Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York. She has worked in libraries for twenty years, has written articles, book reviews, and chapters for a variety of publications and has co-authored the “Career Q&A with the Library Career People” advice column since 2003. Her book, co-authored with Tiffany Eatman Allen, came out in 2013 and is titled, Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career.

Starr Hoffman (PhD, MLS, MA) is the Head of Planning and Assessment at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas Libraries, where she is a member of the senior leadership team. Starr plays a key part in the strategic planning process and leads the assessment of library progress toward strategic goals. She is an experienced academic author and has written and presented on job searches and interview strategies for local organizations and on her personal blog.


ALA Midwinter 2016
Boston, MA
January 9, 2016
Workshop for the Placement Center

Preparing for Today’s Job Market: The Search, The Application, and The Interview
The number one goal for many of us, whether we are fresh out of library school or not, is finding a job. And not just any job — a job that we like, a job that we can grow in and learn from and feel proud of, a job that will enhance our skill sets and propel our careers. But the process of finding a job can be a difficult one and, at times, a long and treacherous journey. This hands-on workshop will help you feel more confident in your job search by giving you the tools to organize a search, analyze job listings, write effective, compelling cover letters and resumes, and professionalize your interview game. All of which will help get you noticed — in a good way.


 

Minnesota Library Association 2014 Annual Conference
Mankato, MN
October 8-9, 2014
2014 Keynote Speakers

Invest in Success
Professional development is not a luxury, it is a necessity for library and information professionals. It is something that we need to plan for; something to build into our careers, our job descriptions, and our roles. Engaging in professional development opportunities helps us develop new skills, form new collaborations, learn about new tools and procedures, and stay motivated and active in a rapidly changing profession. Professional development is an investment in success and an investment in our individual futures which will propel us to the next level or the next stage — whether that is a new job, a new role, a new initiative, a promotion, a career change, or simply a happier state of mind. And, in turn, will benefit our libraries, our institutions, and our communities. Our presentation will focus on simple and painless steps to add professional development into (and charge up) your career.  Presented by: Tiffany Eatman Allen, Director of Library Human Resources at the University of North Carolina and Susanne Markgren, Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York. Tiffany and Susanne are co-authors of Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career.


Career Development Workshop at ALA 2014 Annual Conference — ALA JobLIST Placement Center in the Las Vegas Convention Center

Las Vegas, NV
Sunday, June 29, 2014

1:30 – 2:30pm
The Interview — Getting Ready for the Show

 


 

 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference

We’re All in This Together: Strengthening Librarians Through Professional Development

Friday, May 9, 2014 @ College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA


Career Development Workshop at ALA Midwinter

Saturday, January 25 at the Job Placement Center, Pennsylvania Convention Center

3:00 – 4:30pm
The Interview — Getting Ready for the Show

Join the authors of Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career, for a hands-on workshop on interviewing! During the workshop we’ll look at what to expect when interviewing at different types of libraries: academic, special, and public. We’ll discuss, and practice, both remote and in-person interviews, and talk about the importance of doing your research, preparing questions for your interviewers, and showing confidence and personality during your interview.

We will talk about, and critique, interview-appropriate attire, and discuss how to avoid common wardrobe pitfalls, as well as give you tips on staying comfortable while looking professional. We will work on developing your elevator pitch, and practice answering the most commonly asked interview questions. We will provide tips on what to bring with you to the interview, and advice on how to follow up after the interview. Throughout, we’ll emphasize how to go beyond the qualifications listed on your resume in order to show a potential employer that you are the right candidate for the job.


Career Q&A: Live and In-Person
http://metro.org/events/433

Join the authors and contributors of the new book, “Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career,” as they share highlights and best practices, followed by Q&A, book signing, and a networking reception. Refreshments will be provided and books will be available for purchase.

Who should attend:
Library school students, new professionals, mid-career librarians, librarians in transition, and any other information professionals interested in advancing their careers.

When:
Thu, Nov. 7, 2013
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where:
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016

There will be discounted books available for purchase from InfoToday.

There is no charge to attend, but please register at:  http://metro.org/events/433

Organizer: This event is co-sponsored by:
METRO, ARLIS/NY, ACRL/NY, InfoToday, New York Library Club, New York Technical Services Librarians (NYTSL), and the New York Society Library.


Internet Librarian 2013

Where: Monterey, CA

When: Monday, October 28, 5:00 – 5:45pm, Exhibit Hall

Tiffany and Susanne will be signing books at the Information Today booth. Please stop by to say “hi” if you will be attending the conference.


Library 2.013 Conference
Easing Into Writing and Publishing for the Profession

Date/Time: Friday, October 18, 11:00am – 12:00pm EST

Presenters: Alexandra Janvey and Susanne Markgren

Description: Getting published can be an overwhelming and stressful endeavor for new librarians and seasoned librarians alike, and many only attempt to do it because their jobs require it. The aim of this session is to demystify the publishing process and emphasize the importance, and rewards, of writing. The two presenters will talk about their own experiences, and delve into the benefits and challenges of writing for the profession. They will also provide tips on how to get started, how to stay motivated, how to manage one’s time, and suggest possible avenues for the beginner writer.


Library 2.013 Conference
Career Management 101: Setting a Path for Success

Date/Time: Saturday, October 19, 5:00 – 6:00pm EST

Presenters: Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen

Description: As authors of the popular “Career Q&A with the Library Career People” web site, we’ve been answering career-related questions for ten years. We’ve recently published a book based on our Career Q&A site, and we’ve conducted a national survey that addresses different aspects and stages of a librarian’s career. For our session, we will share data and responses from the survey, as well as provide advice and tips on how to manage a successful career in libraries no matter what stage of your career, and discuss how to transition from one role to another, how to keep yourself motivated and current in a rough job market, and how to find alternative and flexible roles in our evolving profession. And we will save time at the end to answer your career-related questions.

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