People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

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It’s October, Halloween, Fall, and Back to School/Career Development

Hello OctoberSkeletons, witches, pumpkins, haystacks, apple cider, pumpkin spice, and everything nice. It’s October (and almost Halloween) and Fall is here (sorta, it doesn’t quite feel like it yet here in the NYC metro area). Either way, it’s back to school.

Here are some ideas to get you started on your career development this Fall:

  • Search and add: Now that the summer lull is over, look for meetups, conferences, workshops, and networking events of interest and add them to your calendar.
  • Chat and catch up over [insert beverage of choice]: Reconnect with your colleagues after the summer months. Schedule coffee (or hot chocolate or apple cider or tea – the options are limitless) meetings.
  • Brush off the cobwebs: Update your LinkedIn profile and your master resume.
  • Career plan strategically: Check out our career & professional development blog posts and our leadership & career development presentations.
  • Check in: Make a list of upcoming projects and work, so you have a better idea of what’s on your plate for the next few months or year and know what continuing education and professional development opportunities you can do energy- and time-wise.



Library 2.017 – Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities

Library 2.017 – Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities 

Slides on Slideshare – 


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Emerging Career Trends for Information Professionals

Thanks to Library 2.017 and everyone for attending. We got some great questions during the presentation, so we’re sharing them here.

Q: Can you share a list of the usability groups that you connected with?
A: In 2014, we founded the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) User Experience (UX) Special Interest Group (SIG) to provide a collaborative environment for librarians, libraries, etc. who are working toward creating a user-friendly environment. More information about the SIG as well as resources including usability groups. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, May 9th.

Q: I’m interested in the idea of freelancing – is there another session about how to get started there…
A: This is probably the first time we’ve been asked this question. We talk about how we got started in consulting in a recently published book, Career Transitions for Librarians, edited by colleagues Ray Pun and Davis Erin Anderson. Read more about our story and the book here. Feel free to contact us with more specific questions.

Q: Can you expand on what is in your e-portfolio?
A: Our e-portfolios are an expansion of our resumes/CVs and are more interactive and visual. Our e-portfolios are linked from our About page. We do presentations focused specifically on e-portfolios, so let us know if that would be something of interest to you or your group. Feel free to contact us with more specific questions.

March 29th Designing a Library Career Strategy at Library 2.017

Your Career Strategy: 2017 Career Goals

Happy 2017! It’s a new year and it’s a good time to revisit your career strategy.


In many of our leadership and career development presentations, we talk about self-assessment and career strategy.


  • Do a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis.
  • Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals.

Career strategy:

  • Keep in mind that people, professional brand, and online presence are three important aspects of your career strategy.

What are your 2017 career goals?

Halloween Treats, Tips, and Tricks