The Next Step

The absence of a post on this blog for three weeks is something I’m not proud of, but life has a funny way of throwing wrenches in your plans (and your back up plans!). Part of my struggle to write posts recently has been the fact that this is the post I’ve been wanting to write for over a month but was not able to until now. The other part of my struggle is the crazy schedule I’ve been keeping due to the fact that I’ve been in the process of job hunting. I’m happy to finally report that I’ve been hired as a Regional Campus Librarian for the University of Central Florida’s Valencia College Osceola Campus!

I began seriously job hunting in late Fall of last year. My goal when I started at Cleveland Community College was to do as much as possible, learn as much as possible, and meet as many librarians as possible in the hopes of moving to a University after two years.  I began my initial job board monitoring in November because I knew that some Universities have extended hiring processes. The sources I used were INALJ, ALA’s Joblist, several state library websites, and a HootSuite Twitter feed for the #libraryjobs hash tag. My initial job hunt was scattered, so this time I kept a spreadsheet with columns for position, institution, location, apply by date and a URL for the job ad.

I completely redesigned my resume. To do this I checked out examples of resumes/CVs for librarians I respected that had them posted on their websites. I also made a giant list of all the things I do in my current job, both daily tasks like circ/reference shifts and long term projects I’d completed or was working on. That helped me to group my experience into categories of skills that I could use for my resume. I re-drafted my standard cover letter. I used the same style I had in the past, but obviously had a lot of new content. The list I made of everything I do was enormously helpful when drafting cover letters.

I didn’t keep track of how many positions I applied for on this search. I’d say between 10 and 15. Of those, I received a request for a phone interview from 7 institutions and have received 3 or 4 rejections. I feel pretty awesome about the response I got and the hard work I put in on the application process. During this time I attended the American Libraries Live “Landing Your Ideal Library Job” webcast, and picked up some amazing tips for interviewing. My in person interview for UCF was a whole day of presenting and interviews with varying groups/individuals. I put a lot of work into my presentation for the interview and I was rewarded with the job offer!

The gist of the job is as follows (taken directly from the ad!): “The University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries is accepting applications for a full-time librarian to serve in a joint-use library at the Valencia College Osceola Campus.  Regional Campus librarians participate in service delivery with college librarians in a shared facility and report to the UCF Head of Regional Campus Libraries.  Primary responsibilities include participation in all modes of reference, library instruction, outreach and collection development duties in a partnership environment.” I am super excited to be working with a wider range of students, from first years and community college all the way through graduate students. My first day at UCF will be May 10th, and my last day here at Cleveland will be next Friday April 19th.

I’ve been spending my time at work trying to tie up loose ends, teach people how to do the things I do, transfer contact information for companies/services we use, cram in instruction sessions, and resign from the various committees I’m involved in. I am beyond thankful for the opportunities I was given during my time at Cleveland to try new things, be involved with all aspects of academic library service, and take advantage of professional development opportunities. If there’s anyone reading interested in my job, here’s the ad: http://clevelandcc.edu/uploads/HR/Librarian%20Instruction-Reference%20-%202013%204-4.pdf

This process has been one of the most stressful and edifying experiences I’ve had. Juggling multiple opportunities/interview processes during a busy Spring semester is not something I’d like to repeat any time soon. That being said, I have heard so many nice things about my work here at Cleveland and in the library community from my references, from other librarians I’ve discussed this with, and from the faculty/staff at Cleveland. It feels good to know that other people find value in what I do, and it helps me be more sure than ever that librarianship is the right fit for me. I feel so blessed that my search was successful, and that I was offered an opportunity that is more than I was hoping for. I’d still like to post one more blog entry before I leave, but I expect another hiatus as I move even further south and start on the next chapter in my career.

My poor neglected blog

The 23 things program is officially wrapping up this week, and I am disappointed to say that I didn’t officially complete any Thing past Thing 13. My last post was in late August, just after I accepted the position where I am now working. In the last 8 weeks I’ve moved to a new state, started my first official librarian position, and attended my first professional conference. It has certainly been a whirlwind, but I wouldn’t have been as successful if I hadn’t been working on the 23 Things before this crazy time in my life started!

I’m going to attempt to briefly address the last 10 Things in this post, and my goal is to transition from using this blog as a vehicle for 23 Things to it being a record of the beginnings of my career as a librarian. I actually just had to pause this post to help several students, and then had a chat with my boss about keeping a record of my professional development activities throughout the year, so now I have even more incentive to keep my blog active!

Thing 14 Zotero / Mendeley / citeulike

I don’t currently use any of these tools and I never had. I took a stab at using a similar service, RefWorks, when I was getting my MLIS but I wasn’t thrilled with its functionality and I’m super organized with my research so I didn’t bother to use the service. I’ve spent some time exploring these three options, and I think Mendeley looks like the one I will go with in the future when I hopefully start collaborating on research. I’m finding that I’m starting to look at tools through the lens of our users’ needs, and most community college students (and faculty!) aren’t likely to make use of citation services. That being said, I’m working on new courses that we can offer faculty and if my Web 2.0 Tools class happens I intend to include information on citation tools.

Thing 15: Attending, presenting at and organising seminars, conferences and other events

As I mentioned in my intro, I just attended my first conference last week! It was for the North Carolina Library Association and I found it to be an incredibly rewarding experience from start to finish. I met a lot of other librarians who are doing amazing things, learned about some new tools, and started to build my confidence as a legitimate librarian. I was out this past weekend and met some new people, and it felt so exhilarating to introduce myself as a librarian to someone outside of the college for the first time! When I originally read the 23 Things post for this topic the idea of presenting at a conference/seminar was daunting. Now that I’ve been teaching classes and have attended conference sessions I have decided this is something I’d like to pursue. I’ve written before about my struggle to reconcile the differences between being in a career vs. just a job, and sometimes seeing how involved other librarians are is overwhelming. At the same time, I get energized by meeting new people and sharing experiences so I’d like to push myself to become an active librarian!

Thing 16: Advocacy, speaking up for the profession and getting published.

I didn’t quite realize how important advocacy was until I started working as a librarian. I’m finding that my first point of focus is the faculty and staff on our campus. I don’t think our services and skills are being utilized the way they could be, and one of my first goals in my position is to do outreach with our faculty, staff, and students. I know this will be a challenge so I’d love feedback on how other people have done this.

As far as getting published, the community college setting doesn’t require me to do so, but it is something I’d like to pursue for myself. I met some really fantastic people at the NCLA conference and I’m working up the courage to see if any of them would partner with me on research endeavors. I also need to spend a little more time deciding what avenues of research I’d like to pursue.

Thing 17: Prezi / data visualisation / slideshare

I was familiar with all of these tools/topics prior to reading the CPD23 post. I actually used a Prezi to get my job here, and I’d like to make a series of Information Literacy based Prezi’s that I’ll record using Camtasia to make videos for our library site. Data visualization is a topic that I first took notice of during my graduate studies and I find it fascinating but daunting. There are certainly some amazing free web tools to create visualizations, and this is something I’m exploring to make our library website more engaging and appealing. I’ve seen quite a few presentations on Slideshare and I like the idea of using it, but I haven’t yet created a presentation that I feel is worthy of uploading to test it out! Slideshare does serve a useful purpose, but I feel as though we should all be moving away from static Powerpoint style presentations to make use of more dynamic tools like Prezi and screen capture services.

Thing 18: Jing / screen capture / podcasts (making and following them)

Man, that turned out to be a nice segue! I hadn’t really used Jing or other screen capture services before I started my job, however, I am very proficient in the CTRL+PrtScn function in Microsoft! I like Jing because it’s fast and can be used for quick tutorials and help guides. Our campus has subscriptions to SnagIt and Camtasia so I am more likely to use those tools since they are already on my desktop.

Podcasts have been around for quite some time but I’ve never taken the time to get into using them. I don’t know why this is, and I’ve tried several times to get more into it but I just can’t. I’m not a huge talk radio or audio book type person, and I guess I’d rather read/see something than hear it. I suppose that makes me a visual learner! That being said, one of the things I’ve learned here at the community college is how important it is to present information in multiple formats so that all users can access it in a way that makes sense and is comfortable for them. Once things settle down in my job (ha ha) I will revisit podcasting and how I might be able to apply it here.

Thing 19: Some time to think about how you might integrate the Things so far into your workflow and routines.

For the purposes of completeness, I will add a sentence here to say how glad I am for this program. Things 1-12 helped me find my job, feel comfortable doing it, and be more able to reflect on my experiences to make positive changes.

Thing 20: Library Day in the Life and Library Routes/Roots

Library Day in the Life is something I learned about during the height of my job search, and thus I didn’t participate. I did pay close attention to the concept, and spent some time reading blogs to get a better idea of what I might be doing once I found a job. I look forward to being involved with the project in the future!

My Library Roots go pretty deep! My Mother was the librarian at my high school (she retired in 2006) and my Aunt is currently a part time librarian for the Army and for a community college. I grew up in the library. I loved helping my Mom check out books to patrons and fondly remember her sitting on the couch reading library journals and booklists while I did my homework or read a book. She has been my strongest support throughout my life, and she was surprised when I chose to become a librarian. I got my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2007 and planned to take some time off from school before rushing into a graduate program. I didn’t start working in the field of Psychology until 2009, and I quickly realized I didn’t want to be a therapist. I also realized that my favorite part of my undergraduate work was research. Not necessarily writing the paper, and not necessarily just in Psychology, but I discovered that I loved to learn new things. The more I thought about it the more I realized that working in an academic library would allow me to marry my love of learning/research with my love of technology/the Internet, and I quickly applied for Library School.

My Library Routes pick up from here. I chose Drexel University for a few reasons. The first was because I could apply and enroll within a few short months. Secondly, I could complete the degree online which would help me to be able to work and support myself at the same time. Third, they have an excellent reputation. Fourth, I could complete the degree in 15 months. I had a good experience at Drexel. Most of my professors were brilliant and engaging, my classmates were smart and well-spoken, and I was able to take classes that matched my interests. My biggest challenge was that I’d never learned about libraries before, so I spent more time reading than I thought I would. I knew I wanted to work in an academic library and I began applying for jobs about 4 months before I graduated. I began to get frustrated with my search about a month after graduating and realized I needed more real-life experience (I had none). I was able to begin volunteering at a local University working with metadata, but I only did this for about 3 weeks before I was offered my current position. I have now been working as the Instruction/Reference Librarian for about 6 weeks and I love my job so far. I get to do reference, teach classes, build websites, and pretty much tackle any project I can think up. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish in my first year!

Thing 21: How to identify your strengths, how to capitalise on your interests, how to write something eyecatching that meets job specs.

Identifying my strengths was a huge part of actually getting a job in the field. I had to market my skills from being a customer service rep, bookseller, and crisis counselor into library terms. I think it’s important for me to continue identifying my strengths and weaknesses in my new position to make sure that I continue to grow as a librarian. The job application process was one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my life. I feel incredibly blessed to have found a job that I love in such a short period of time. I know that one of the things that “sealed the deal” was my interview, as I’ve heard feedback from all of my current co-workers who were on my interview panel about how I did. I actually did my interview on Skype, and I spent about 4 hours researching interview questions & how to ace a Skype interview. I found a fantastic blog about library interviews, and I literally wrote out my answers to most of the questions and practiced them with my partner. Everyone who was on the panel told me that I was the only candidate who didn’t take long pauses to come up with an answer, and that my answers felt very natural. I would highly recommend a good practice session to anyone who is going to be interviewing in the future. Another recommendation is to research the organization, and to use that research in your interview. I made sure they knew that I was excited to be working with them and that I wanted to be a part of their community.

Thing 22: Volunteering to get experience

I mentioned this in my Routes section, and although I think the volunteering had little to do with me getting my current job, I know that if I’d had to continue my search my experience volunteering would have been invaluable. The volunteer experience exposed me to the workings of an academic library, and got me to start meeting other librarians. I wish I could have spent more time there!

Thing 23: What have you learnt and where do you want to go from here?

In summary, I’ve learned that professional development is a lifelong process that will give as much back to you as you put into it. It takes a lot of effort to keep up with the many active librarians on Twitter, read blogs, explore new resources, meet new people, reflect on your experiences, and incorporate the new knowledge you gain into your professional and personal life. The 23 Things exposed me to a flurry of online library activity, and to the skills of reflective practice and networking that will be essential to me as I continue in my career. I look forward to continuing my professional development and to using this blog as a tool to build my career.

 

Week 7: Things 10 & 11

Thing 10: Route into Librarianship

I found it fascinating to read through the options available toUKlibrarians. I don’t know that my path would have been much different than the one I chose here in the US, but it seems as though the LIS community is perhaps more welcoming and supportive of new librarians. From the few posts I’ve seen this week on this topic, it appears that many of my fellow participants found themselves working in a library almost by accident and then decided that they enjoyed it so they pursued a degree in the field.

I am almost the exact opposite, where I decided to become a librarian and get my Masters degree without ever having worked in a library. Although I’ve never worked in libraries, I did grow up in and around them. My Mother is a retired librarian, and she was the Library Media Specialist in my high school. I have many distinct memories of running through her library as a child, and we took weekly visits to the public library together. In high school I’d hang out in the library in my free time, and I’d usually jump on the computer and help my classmates check out and find books.

I got my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a topic that grabbed my attention in high school, and one that I still find exciting. I decided toward the end of my undergraduate career to take a few years to work before I decided what type of post-graduate education to pursue. It took longer than I expected, but I finally found my current job where I work as a crisis counselor. This experience helped me realize that I didn’t want to be a therapist, and although I love Psychology, I didn’t want to be stuck in a lab researching and experimenting either. I almost started a program to get my Masters in Women’s Studies, but at the last minute I realized that it wouldn’t have the practical focus that I was looking for. I went through a bit of an identity crisis but gave myself time to explore my interests, evaluate my strengths, and decide what my next step would be.

My favorite part of my undergraduate work was always doing research and reading new articles. I didn’t necessarily love writing the papers that followed, but I loved the hunt for information and the satisfaction of finding just what was needed. I know that I am skilled in working with people, and that I love being in libraries. It took some internal struggle to accept the fact that I was technically following in my Mother’s footsteps because I’ve always been one to try to blaze my own trail. Now that I’ve completed my degree I’m quite pleased with my decision and can’t wait to start working full time as a librarian. I mentioned in my last post that I’ve started volunteering at a local university, and I absolutely love the work I’m doing and being in a library twice a week. My only regret is that I didn’t pursue any opportunities for library experience during my degree program, and I’m hoping that it won’t be long until I can be making a living as a librarian!

Thing 11: Mentoring

Mentoring is definitely something I’ve been considering lately. When I graduated in June I began reaching out on message boards and found the reassurance of seasoned professionals to be incredibly helpful. I went on the ALAConnect website and used their mentoring section to reach out to several librarians, but unfortunately I haven’t received any responses. This is certainly something I intend to follow up on, but with working part time, volunteering just as much, and full-time job hunting it’s been less of a priority.

My time volunteering so far has been fantastic, and the librarian I’ve been working with has been very open about her experiences. I already feel a bit of a mentor/mentee relationship developing between us, and I may consider asking her to make it more formal once I’ve been working at the library longer. Another benefit of volunteering there is the librarians I’ve been talking to in the lunchroom! There is another volunteer who is already working as a librarian and she is considering taking classes at my alma mater to brush up on her Digital Library knowledge. It was nice to be able to share my experiences with her and get her perspective on the information I’ve learned. I have also been able to chat with a few other librarians at the university, and am considering reaching out to them to look for more volunteer hours. I had a great conversation with my Mom about the experience, and she agreed that the collegial relationships she built as a librarian were one of the most rewarding aspects of her career. I’m looking forward to meeting more librarians at different points in their careers and learning as much as I can from them.

Things 8&9: Organizing

 

This week’s things post will be briefer than most of my posts typically are. I started volunteering at a local university this week in the Special Collections area. I’m now working there Monday & Friday from 9-5 along with my counseling job Tuesday through Thursday, so it doesn’t leave much time for exploration! I also had my first library job interview today, and I had to prepare a lesson on an Information Literacy topic for the interview so I have been busy! (BTW, I made a wiki for it, the link is carrieemoran.wikispaces.com if you’re interested).

I’ve used Google Calendar, Yahoo Calendar, Outlook Calendar and several variations of phone calendars in the past so I didn’t really spend much time on this topic. While I was in school I primarily made use of a real life, giant, dry erase wall calendar to stay organized. Now I put really important things in my phone with reminders and use Outlook for work appointments. I’m certain that when I get my first library position I will have a wider variety of duties, meetings, and professional development activities and I might make more use of an online calendar. I know some people shared their Google Calendars to show their planned conference schedule forALA, and I think this is something that is potentially very useful. The group aspect of the majority of Google’s applications is a strong point as online collaboration is becoming more popular in all settings.

I hadn’t used Evernote before but I had been tempted while in school. I downloaded the desktop client, watched the tutorial video, and started making a list of jobs to apply for. I like it, it’s easy to use, and the tutorial video made me wish I had a cool project like building a house to work on so that I could store other types of media. As I stated earlier, I’ve had quite a busy week so I’m sure I can explore this tool more in the future. If I become dedicated to using it I will definitely download the iPhone app to complement the computer side of things. I like using it for job applications because I can paste the whole text of a job ad and save it once I’ve applied. Oftentimes organizations will remove the job ads once the job has been closed, and it will be helpful to have a copy of the original ad for interview purposes. I did actually mention Evernote in my interview today as an example of an emerging technology tool that would be helpful for students to learn about, and I am once again grateful for cpd23!

Things 6 & 7: Networking

Both CPD23 Things for this week involve networking. Thing 6 addresses online networks, and Thing 7 is about face to face networks. Networking is something that I’ve never really had to do before. My partner has recently made the transition to becoming an independent financial representative and this has required her to network as a regular part of her job. It’s been interesting to watch her go through this process, and I think it will help me as I begin networking in the LIS field.

Thing 6

I am feeling good about my usage of online networks, and these online networks have been my sole source of networking so far. I’ve been on LinkedIn for quite awhile, and now that I’ve graduated from library school I made an effort to spruce up my page and join some groups. I was able to get recommendations from a co-worker and a professor, and I think the recommendation feature is a great strength of LinkedIn. It’s easy to add “friends” to social networks, but having recommendations on your LinkedIn shows that people actually know you and respect the work that you do. Some of the groups have been very helpful. I found out about the Careers in Federal Libraries Google group through a LinkedIn group, and I’ve gotten good feedback and support from other group members.

I’m not sure how I feel about using Facebook for professional networking. I don’t do it currently, and I don’t see a relevant place for it in my future. I use Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends scattered around the world, and occasionally to relax by playing a game or two. I wouldn’t want to mix professional networking into these activities. I can, however, see the importance of having pages on Facebook for libraries and organizations. A frequent discussion in LIS is the need to meet patrons where they are, and if your patrons are using Facebook it makes sense to connect with them there. My organization doesn’t have a Facebook page, and this is something I’ve suggested to our Director so that we can become more connected to our community and publicize our events.

Finally, although I feel it’s been beaten to death as a topic, I have started using Twitter for online networking. The majority of users I follow are members of the LIS community from students through well-respected professionals. I have made connections, and enhanced connections with some of my classmates from library school. I hope that when I get an opportunity for some face-to-face networking that my Twitter network will have already introduced me to some of my fellow networkers.

Thing 7

The last sentence should give an indication that I haven’t yet attended any face-t0-face networking events. I do belong to theALAand ACRL, but haven’t had the time or financial means to attend any meetings. This is something I would certainly like to do in the future. I am also job searching across the country, so I don’t want to join any regional networks until I know I’m settled somewhere for at least a year or two. I think that local professional networks are a good first step because they are smaller and have more opportunities to meet and become involved. I had to explore professional networks as an assignment in my first quarter of school, and I am thankful for that opportunity because it got me thinking on a global/networking perspective early on in my journey.

As far as professional networks go I have good role models. My mother is a retired Library Media Specialist and she is still an active member of several professional organizations. I grew up watching her going to meetings and conferences with other library professionals, and I have seen how much value this added to both her career and personal life. I’m hoping to eventually attend a library related event with her some day! In my current job I work with therapists and lawyers to provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. One of the therapists I worked with is an art therapist and she is very active in that community. One of the lawyers I work with is an activeABAmember who has won awards for her service to the organization. I have had discussions with them about their dedication and their willingness to put in the extra effort in their professions, and I find their dedication to be very inspirational. Watching them has helped me to change my mindset and realize that being active within one’s professional community can be very rewarding on a personal level, not to mention the professional opportunities that can be offered.

Thing 4: Current Awareness

Awareness is something I’ve been working on since I graduated from library school last month. Working and going to school full time doesn’t leave much room for extra reading and exploring, but I knew that it was important to stay involved with my library education and the library community once I graduated.

Twitter
I joined Twitter about a month ago. This week’s Thing mentioned the oft-held opinion that Twitter is for frivolous updates, and I must admit I was under the same impression. When I let my friends know I was joining Twitter many of them didn’t understand why, and I was skeptical myself. I started myself off by following some of my favorite chefs and basketball players because it was easy to find them. It took me a week or so to start connecting with other LIS students and professionals. About half of the people I follow now are LIS related, and I’m really impressed with the structure of Twitter and the vibrant LIS community that exists there. I feel as though I’ve already made some useful connections and it’s nice to know that there are other newbie librarians out there! I’ve found that Twitter helps me stay current with LIS trends and helps me to show my interests to anyone browsing my feed. As I said, I love the use of tagging users and hash tags to categorize information. When I first started CPD23 I searched for it on Twitter to find other people who were actively discussing the program. I must say that I am very glad to have joined Twitter, and I hope to use it professionally in whatever library I land in. Speaking of jobs, I’ve found several very useful Twitter accounts to follow for jobs. One in particular is “I Need a Library Job”. I never thought before that I could use Twitter as a resource for job searching, but it has been immensely helpful.

RSS Feeds
I was introduced to RSS feeds in general, and Google Reader in particular, in my first quarter of graduate school. I immediately joined Google Reader and have been using it daily since. It gave me the instant benefit of deleting several links from my Firefox bookmark menu, and a secondary benefit of finding a new way to explore my interests. I had asked my colleagues for LIS blog recommendations, and I’ve been following LISNews, the Swiss Army Librarian, Librarian in Black, and multiple job boards since I opened my account. I have been adding to my list of feeds slowly over time, and I am looking forward to exploring more LIS related feeds to follow now that I’m out of school. I am happy to see the CPD23 RSS feed because I wanted a way to keep up with the posts for the program and RSS is much more effective than random blog choosing from the list of participants!

Pushnote
Pushnote is the only service I’d never used or heard of prior to this course. I downloaded it yesterday and used it to review a few sites. None of my Facebook or Twitter friends are using the service currently, so I was unable to see the full social potential of the service. It’s annoying that Pushnote isn’t supported by IE because that limits is usability when traveling away from my home computer. There is no iPhone app, so I can’t use it on my mobile device. This limits the effectiveness of the service because I feel like I would only ever use it from my home computer. I like the simplicity of the star design and the changing of colors to designate changes, but I don’t think this is something I need/want to use for myself at this time. The LIS nerd in me is excited by the idea of Pushnote, and I can see how it could be useful if some modifications were made. It would be nice for a library system to have the same Pushnote account linked to all browsers because it would allow librarians to annotate pages from the Internet without having to go the extra step to create webpages, wikis, etc. for annotating links.

Thing 3: Personal Brand

This week is exciting because we’re starting to get into the actual work of the program. I’ve been digesting the information in this week’s assignment for a few hours now and I feel ready to make some initial comments. I have already begun the process of creating my personal brand without realizing it. I joined Twitter on June 2nd of this year in an attempt to become more connected with the library community. This is a decision I’d pondered throughout library school, but I was so busy with school and work that I didn’t feel like I had the time to devote to learning Twitter and to using it to my advantage. When I joined I attempted to get the name “LibraryCarrie” because I thought it had a nice ring to it and it clearly identified my name and my intention. Upon learning that this was taken, I played with several other word/name combinations. I decided to go with DigitalCarrie to reflect my concentration in Digital Libraries and my vision of myself as a digital native. I chose to use the same name when I created this blog for consistency.

It seems that my sub-conscious decisions fall well within the suggestions given for what to consider when creating a personal brand, and I feel relatively confident that I’ve made a good branding decision. I’ve also put a lot of thought into how I want to present myself in the digital realm. I am comfortable using a picture, and thus far I’ve been using a cropped shot of my face. I have heard suggestions that maybe I should take some more professional looking photographs and choose one to put on my website, Twitter, etc. and I’m not sure how I feel about that. The photo I’m currently using was captured at an especially happy and relaxed moment in my life and I feel like it reflects my personality. I’d appreciate any discussion on this issue!

Of course, the photograph is a small piece of how I represent myself. I’ve thought carefully about what type of information about myself I want floating around on the Web, and I feel comfortable with a “profersonal” approach (as mentioned in the cpd23 blog). I think that showing some personality and outside interests gives potential employers, colleagues, and collaborators a better sense of who I am. I have developed a strong interest in healthy living, fitness, and exercise and I feel comfortable sharing this with the world. I have tried to pay close attention to some of the popular librarian bloggers/Twitterers to see how they approach this issue, and it seems that most of them have a definitive library focus but also mix in personal information and interests. I know that some of my personal interests and motivations relate directly to job skills and I think it’s important to highlight them for that reason as well.

My final thought for now, as it’s about lunch time, is that after I read this week’s assignment I went almost directly to my local library to pick up some books. I happened to find myself in the job shelves and stumbled upon a book called “Guerilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0” by Jay Conrad Levinson and David E. Perry. When I flipped the book open to get an idea of content I opened directly the the chapter on personal branding. I took this as a sign and checked the book out. I read through the introduction and into the personal branding chapter. I stopped when I got to a two part exercise about determining my marketable skills. It’s essentially making 2 lists: first, things you feel you do well; second, things you enjoy doing. The point is to compare the lists to find overlaps. I intend to do this exercise before I continue in the book, and I will post my lists and the resulting analysis later this week. I’ll also post the results of the Googling myself exercise from Thing 3!