People Interact

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

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Back to School: Career Development

LibrarySummer went by pretty quickly and now it’s back to school. Here are some ideas to get you started on your career development this Fall:

  • Reconnect with your colleagues after the summer months. LC: I just had lunch with a great colleague and mentor. Shout out to Gloria!
  • Now that the summer lull is over, look for conferences, workshops, networking events, etc. of interest and add them to your calendar. Maybe we’ll see each other in Kentucky.
  • *NYC area specific. Check out METRO’s upcoming events and workshops. Save the date for the next METRO User Experience (UX) Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting on Wednesday, October 14th from 10am-12pm. Stay tuned for details.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile.
  • Update your master resume.
  • Check out our career & professional development blog posts and our leadership & career development presentations.
  • Make a list of upcoming projects and work. This way, you have a better idea of what’s on your plate for the next few months and know what continuing education and professional development opportunities you can do (logistically time-wise).

How to Spring Clean Your Online Presence

SpringFlowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. Spring is here. It’s time to spring clean your online presence.

Here are some ways to get you started:

Update your LinkedIn profile.
Add new information (i.e. attended any classes/training recently?). Clean up your LinkedIn group memberships.

Update your e-portfolio.
Look for and fix broken links. (I just fixed some links on my e-portfolio. Some library associations and groups have recently launched redesigned websites, resulting in broken links.)

Google yourself and/or set a Google Alert.
What’s out there about you?

Field Trips: LinkedIn and Google

As you may know, we are fans of Google and LinkedIn. We use them in our work and talk about them in our leadership and career development presentations.


Recently, we went on field trips to the NYC offices of LinkedIn and Google. We started off a windy and rainy day with a tour of LinkedIn in the morning, followed by a tour of Google in the afternoon.

With LinkedIn’s open office design and relaxed, quiet atmosphere, it is clear why they are such a productive company.

Google’s office on the other hand is fun, social, and sophomoric. You can literally feel the buzz of exciting young minds working together in this powerhouse company.

Thanks LinkedIn and Google for enjoyable visits.

Presumptuous LinkedIn


Imagine my surprise when I recently received this email from LinkedIn.

Sandra, we noticed you haven’t visited Job Skills for Future Library Careers lately. To help keep your email tidy, we’ve unsubscribed you from this group’s digests – we hope this suits you better!

I feel very violated. This is akin to my teenage years with Mom taking the liberty to clean my room & throwing out “junk” because she thinks she’s helping keep things “tidy”.

Well LinkedIn, it does not suit me better and I prefer email digest because I’m too busy to be present and active on Linkedin everyday.

So in the future, if you please, don’t be so presumptuous.

New Year’s Resolution: What’s Your Career Strategy?

It’s a new year. Let’s talk about your career and your career strategy.

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

  1. Self-assessment: Do a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis and set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals.
  2. Career strategy: People, professional brand, and online presence are three important aspects of your career strategy.

Here are some ideas and resources (from our presentations and blog posts) to get you started: