CDG talk at LAI/CILIP conference 2013 – Part Two

The second half of the conference was given by Daniel Murray. Here Daniel focused on Professionals out of work and the New Professional entering.

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Internships and job bridging schemes are now the way to access experience and to keep the skills you have, fresh. Daniel drew from his own experiences of finishing the MLIS and securing two internships one located in a school library another within cataloguing, it was these areas that he felt very out of depth as these were not the specific job situations he had envisaged himself in. However he adapted his skills from MLIS and used them to his best ability within the two internships.

Daniel used a similar approach to Giada, however within these two situations, 1) keep the contacts you have 2) keep within the circle of professionals. As a new professional coming into the scene I find that constant interaction with those involved with conferences, committees, and organisers will be the people you will time and time meet and through these people you will build up a connection.

Stringer BellDaniel gave a very engaging presentation with funny slides to make a seemingly drab topic very interesting, he was very honest in the way you have skills! You are a professional! So you still belong within the circle even though at the moment you are somehow removed from it. However, by building your connections and engaging in conversation you will keep from being “outside”.

As the presentation came to a close two questions were posed to the floor, as myself and my other classmate were the only students/new professionals we took a back seat, which was interesting, as the discussion between the fellow librarians was very lively. It was really good to see their perspective on the discipline. As one man noted that it was great to see the enthusiasm of the LAI CDG and that it is a fabulous engaging way for the people who are in the industry and a bit ‘tired’ (even though he was very careful in how he was saying it) that the dialogue between the people embedded and the new minds entering is what we should be doing, each can learn from one another.

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I am thrilled to be a part of the LAI CDG, I have a lot of admiration for the committee and am excited to be able to help them create and build this blog. The many aspects Giada and Daniel spoke of is embedded with the MLIS, one of the modules which I have taken this semester is “Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice” and is run by Maria Souden. The content is diverse and the assessments are very engaging, as part of a continuous path we have established our own blogs, we post weekly about the topic discussed in class and the readings/other information.

It is this platform that has given me a confidence I never had before, to freely put your thoughts out there for anyone to read and comment on is a daring move, but I love it. The feedback you get keeps you going and wanting to say more, and the many topics you want to cover you never know where it might fit within the content already there. It makes you strive for bigger and better things like reaching out to others and doing guest posts for them.

Well done guys, best of luck with future projects, GOOD LUCK!

by Siobhan McGuinness
(Masters Student in the school of Library and Information Studies UCD)

Read part one here

CDG talk at LAI/CILIP conference 2013 – Part One

On Wednesday 10th of April Croke Park Conference Centre, the Library Association of Ireland, Career Development Group got together to organise an event for Professionals in work and how to enhance or renew their skills. In addition advice was given to guide Professionals that have recently been out of work along with the emergence of New Professionals into the world of Librarianship.

screenshot start preziTwo of the committee leaders Giada and Daniel were our speakers for today. Giada led the conversation with a very engaging Prezi presentation, where she gave a background to the establishment of the CDG which was something that amazed me; the group really have only begun to emerge in the last 12 months! My perception was this was a long established committee, so I was very eager to see their plans for the future.

Giada and co, have many ambitions for the group one aspect is to embed a job’s forum within the LAI’s website, and to work in conjunction with employers in order to establish another platform to seek us as potential employee’s.
This is a positive ambition of the committee as the establishment of Libraryjobs.ie has given me and my fellow classmates from SILS in UCD a lot of hope and encouragement for the future.

In addition future ambitions include the “libcamp”. I had not heard of the English version, however as Giada illustrated the event seems very engaging, the day is very informal, a topic is chosen beforehand within a group with similar ideas and you “pitch” this topic/idea to the floor! It sounds delightful, as there are so many issues surrounding our profession that you don’t always get the time to engage in debate, or even find people with similar or contrasting ideas. I am really looking forward to this event and I hope I can be a part of it!

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Giada’s presentation then focused on Professionals within work, and she had a positive message. “Learn, Go, And Do”! This message would be a great workshop for any library to engage in. Libraries today are facing many restrictions, however if you brought this plan into your institution you can change the outlook within the Profession and view these challenges as road block you need to divert from not stop at!

The procedures in which Giada outlined is to constantly keep up-to-date with the issues/topics/challenges surrounding you and your position. Get involved with the many debates that are being held via social networking. Personally I find Twitter an essential tool, even if your knowledge of the topic is sparse you still gain a lot from these conversations. I do take part in the Irish Libchat (#irelibchat) and it is great as you may not know these people but you build an online rapport with them. This is extremely beneficial when you attend conferences as this connection is already well established and you have found the links you need to help you within the issues and challenges facing you.

coloured buttonsAnother way to build your network is through Mailing lists and Newsletters; these illustrate the current issues and challenges facing this Profession. The people established within the various institutions need to engage with these issues in order to find solutions. So build up your social network, engage with the debates at conferences and keep up-to-date with issues and challenges, it is the only way to find solutions to the many problems facing Library and Information Studies!

This model Giada created is what she adopted as Professional Activism which is very true. The Professionals that are in the Professions need to renew their skills at a time when this profession is being threatened, and engage in dialogue with their colleagues from various institutions nationwide and worldwide to see how these have managed and used these challenges to be more effective for their community.

by Siobhan McGuinness
(Masters Student in the school of Library and Information Studies UCD)

Part Two coming soon… 🙂