Monday, November 14, 2011

New York Library Association :: Conference and Trade Show

New York Library Association :: Conference and Trade Show

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And here's a recap from our very own, Tom Nielsen, Member Services Manager of METRO (NY Metropolitan Library Council):

Last week I attended the New York Library Association conference in Saratoga Springs, NY
and wanted to share a couple of good career tips that I learned there.
At a panel on transferrable skills one of the panelists offered her method for preparing to respond
to a job ad or interview. She isolates each element of the job responsibilities and identifies the
skill(s) she possesses that satisfies each. This is a great way to get to know the position and be able to
communicate what you’ve done that addresses all aspects of the job.
Another session on networking by Thomas Denham ( included
a couple of interesting ways of looking at and clarifying your career goals.
Tom listed the four elements of the career development process which include:
Self-assessment – where you ask yourself “Who am I?”
Career Exploration – ask yourself “Where am I going?”
Action Plan – where you map out how you’ll get there
Career Management – your plan for career satisfaction
Most of us are at the career management stage and I bring this up because it reflects why METRO
created an individual membership program. We wanted to offer local librarians and information professionals
an affordable option for managing their career and keeping up with changes in the profession. For more
The other piece of advice Tom offered was to create a personal strategic plan in which you identify
three goals for three areas of your life: your personal life, your professional life and your recreational life
(also known as “play”). The goals can be for the new year or for any portion of next year.
Try it out and see if it helps you.
Tom Nielsen
Member Services Manager
Metropolitan New York Library Council
Tom Nielsen, MLS
Member Services Manager
Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
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