People Interact

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

Tag Archives: career-professional-development

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

September 27th SCRLC Webinar – Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities

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Online Resources

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Information Today –
Libraries Unlimited – 

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LISCareer –
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Free Courses –
IFLA New Librarians Webinars –
Library & Information Science Transferable Competencies –
Emerging Career Trends for Information Professional - 

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Back to School – Upcoming Webinar on September 27th


Join us and the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) on Tuesday, September 27 at 10-11am EST for a webinar –

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

As the information world transitions into the 21st century, so too must information professionals. For anyone making a transition, whether you are a recent library school graduate, job hunting, changing jobs or advancing your career, this session will cover the evolving roles and opportunities in the information profession, what this means for librarians, and how to design a career strategy to keep your skills current with the shifting profession.

For more info and to register.

Monthly Method Spotlight: SWOT Analysis

swotSWOT Analysis

When/why: To get a better idea and understanding of your project or yourself as a professional, specifically four elements: your 1) strengths and 2) weaknesses (internal) and 3) opportunities and 4) threats (external). It helps you focus on your strengths, work on your weaknesses or find complementary team members, minimize threats, and take advantage of opportunities.We talk about SWOT analysis as part of one’s career strategy in our leadership and career development presentations and workshops.

How: Use the SWOT matrix and start listing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for your project.

Tips: Use giant flipchart post-it notes when you’re doing the SWOT analysis of your project as a group.

Interested in using/applying these methods in your work? Contact us for information.