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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.


IFLA Conference Registration: A Bad and Frustrating User Experience

I was pretty excited about attending and presenting at my first IFLA conference until it was time to register for the conference. I’ve registered for many conferences in the past few years and I have to say I had such a bad and frustrating user experience that I feel the need to share for two reasons: venting (I’m human, after all) and improving usability and user experience (I’m hoping that this bad user experience leads to IFLA and other organizations/groups to improve the usability of their conference registration/payment processes).

After creating an online profile, the online registration system asked me to choose a currency: USD or EUR. I selected USD currency.



It then prompted me to pick a logo for the credit card, in which the AMEX logo is one of the choices. I selected AMEX and proceeded to the next screen to input payment info.



After submitting the payment info, I got an error message. I tried re-submitting the payment info several times and it still didn’t work. I then contacted IFLA conference registration about the error message in which I attached a screenshot of the error message with my email; I was immediately told that if I’m having problems with online registration, I should use the paper form.

It wasn’t until insisting on finding out what the online registration issue is, I was then told they can’t take AMEX with USD currency. The online registration system should have been designed to not show AMEX as an option if the USD currency is selected and should have a note that says they can’t take AMEX with USD currency.

I was told afterwards that there is a note that says they can’t take AMEX with USD currency. However, the note isn’t very prominent. I missed it. It could be easily missed by others as well.


At that point (it was a week before the conference) and without any travel and lodging arrangements (I was waiting for conference registration to be completed first), I decided it was best to forgo this year’s IFLA conference. I was really looking forward to attending and presenting at my first IFLA conference.

Standing Up & Standing Out – 2015 KLA/KASL Conference

kla-conf2015Diving right into September (Back to School) month with a presentation about leadership, career development, and career strategy for librarians.

Join me at this year’s KLA/KASL Joint Conference – “Standing Up & Standing Out: Advocating and Innovating for Kentucky’s Libraries.”

Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities
Friday, September 18 at 10am

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.

Our Philly & ALA Midwinter 2014 List

ALA midwinter 2014Are you heading to ALA Midwinter 2014 in Philly?

Sessions and events to check out:

  • American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders Meetup on Friday, January 24 at 7-9pm  at Field House, 1150 Filbert Street
  • The Interview – Getting Ready for the Show on Saturday, January 25 at 3-4:30pm from the Library Career People (Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen) in the Job Placement Center, Convention Center
  • 10th Annual Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity and Leadership Programs Reception on Saturday, January 25 at  6:30-8:30pm at 1 Logan Square
  • Interested in serving youth with disabilities? Joint Book Launch Celebration on Monday, January 27 at 10:30-11:30am from authors Carrie Banks and Barbara Klipper in the Networking Uncommons, Convention Center. (We heard there may be some homemade cookies.)

When you’re taking a break from the conference, we recommend:

What’s on your list for Philly and ALA Midwinter 2014?

Library 2.013 – Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities

* If you haven’t done so, please take a few minutes to share your feedback about this Library 2.013 conference presentation.

Update 10/30/13Recording of the presentation is now available.


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Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways –

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Breaking the Barriers of Time and Space: The Dawning of the Great Age of Librarians –


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Career Strategy Books

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career by Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen

Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus

Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks and Build An Incredible Career by Jocelyn K. Glei

Managing Brand You by Jerry S. Wilson and Ira Blumenthal

One Person, Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success by Marci Alboher