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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.

 

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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).

Back to School: Career Development

librarySummer’s over and it’s back to school. For those who got a head start on their career development over the summer, great. For those who didn’t, no worries. Here are some ideas to get you started on your career development this Fall:

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:

SLA 2012: Picks from a SLA Rising Star

SLA 2012 is less than a month away. Here are some of my picks for this year’s SLA conference in Chicago:

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Rising Stars and SLA Fellows Roundtable – Monday, July 16 @ 10am
Join us for the 3rd annual Rising Stars and SLA Fellows roundtable. Due to schedule conflicts, I wasn’t able to participate in last year’s roundtable. I’m looking forward to participating in this year’s.

Reinventing Library Skills – Monday, July 16 @ 4pm
Mary Talley will moderate a panel consisting of case studies and practical advice for transporting library skill sets to other areas of the LIS profession or entirely different careers.

Chocolate Reception – Monday, July 16 @ 8pm
It’s a reception with chocolate. There’s nothing more to say. I wonder if there will be chocolate ice cream – it is July in Chicago.

From Info Pro to Info Hero: 5 Easy Ways to Turn Information into Insight – Tuesday, July 17 @ 8am
Mary Ellen Bates will talk about five ways to provide more insight and value in what you send your clients.

Lincoln Park Networking Lunch – Tuesday, July 17 @ 12pm
Free lunch. Networking opportunity. Only wish: lunch in actual park.

User Experience Caucus Roundtable Meeting – Wednesday, July 18 @ 10am
Check out the newest caucus in SLA. This is the 2nd User Experience Caucus meeting.

More SLA 2012 picks.