A Job Readiness Strategy for MLIS Students and Recent Graduates

The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has published this interesting article in their eNewsletter ‘Library Worklife’ (October 2015 issue), titled ‘A Job Readiness Strategy for MLIS Students and Recent Graduates’.

It is of especial interest to students and new graduates, and while written by an American organisation, is very relevant to us here in Australia as well.

I’m glad to see that the knowledge and advice I have written about in my previous blog posts for students and new grads touches on very similar strategies.

The job readiness strategy in this article focuses on two pillars: first, building experience through “temporary” positions. Temporary positions are defined in this strategy as jobs that are short term and help develop a career. These jobs should increment the knowledge and skills needed for a particular type of professional librarian position. The second pillar is to form a network. As a person works through these temporary positions a professional network begins to take shape; hence, creating new opportunities for collaboration and professional development.

Have a read of the full article and good luck with your developing career!

Michelle De Aizpurua

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GLAMR New Professionals Meetup

Last week I attended a GLAMR New Professionals meetup at ‘Fall from Grace’ in Melbourne CBD.

You can visit the GLAMR New Professionals Twitter and Facebook page to see some great photos of the night, and join the group!

The meetup was another fantastic opportunity to meet like minded individuals from all across the GLAMR sector. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to chat to some ladies who work in a variety of Museum and Gallery areas. Their work sounds so interesting I wish I had more time to pick their brains! One woman I spoke to was working for Museums Australia with developing their standards for accreditation, and another worked for the Shrine of Remembrance with their exhibitions. I was enthralled, I really know so little about theses areas and it was a great opportunity to chat.

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Monash Event – 25 Years of Archival and Recordkeeping Research and Education

On September 17th, Monash University put on a wonderful event to celebrate this year being the 25th anniversary of archival and recordkeeping research and education at Monash:

In 1990 Sue McKemmish joined Frank Upward, Livia Iacovino and others in the Graduate School of Librarianship to develop an innovative, ground-breaking education program and establish the Records Continuum Research Group as a focal point for the international community of researchers, educators and practitioners exploring and utilising continuum conceptualisations of recordkeeping.

Our alumni have been an important part of that success. Many have gone on to play leadership roles within the profession, and are role models and mentors to the next generation of recordkeeping professionals.

And so we were invited to attend a cocktail reception, again with amazing catering 😉

(There was a lecture before the reception, but unfortunately I was working and unable to attend.)

It was a wonderful evening and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with friends, reconnect with classmates, lecturers and tutors, share Monash memories, and celebrate achievements. I met some new inspirational people and learnt more about the history of Monash education in this field. We had a laugh adding memories to a memory board and looking through some kind of art installation that we couldn’t quite figure out.

The highlight of the evening was of course the photobooth! I will cherish the photos I got with such influential people in my life and career. I love my GLAMR peeps!

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Thank you Monash, for not only providing an extremely high level of education, but for also enabling my continued connection with Monash networks through these wonderful events.

Thanks for Reading,

Michelle De Aizpurua

International Librarians Network – Featured Article!

How exciting! I have been featured in a short article on the International Librarians Network (ILN) website. The article talks about LIS studies, and provides my two top tips for students. You can read it here.

I have been a member of the peer mentoring program through the ILN since 2014 and have been thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to learn from professionals all across the globe. My current partner is from the Philippines and we have had some fantastic discussions about Library studies and work. It fascinates me to learn about the differences, and the many similarities, we face in the field in such different parts of the world.

If you have the time to commit to an email pen-pal situation, sign up for the next intake on their website.

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Thanks for reading,

Michelle De Aizpurua

2015 Whyte Memorial Lecture

Last night I attended the annual Whyte Memorial Lecture run by Monash University. It is a free event and one worth attending if you are in the GLAMR field.

“The annual Whyte Memorial Lecture celebrates the legacy of the late Jean Whyte and her sister Phyllis. Professor Jean Whyte was the foundation professor in the Graduate School of Librarianship at Monash University. The sisters left generous bequests to Monash to support research in librarianship, archives and records, and to support the library’s research collection in English literature, librarianship and philosophy.” (Monash University website)

This years topic was ‘Keeping, forgetting, and misreading digital material: libraries learning from archives and recordkeeping practice’ presented by Professor Ross Harvey from RMIT University. The event was live tweeted and you can get a broad idea of the event from Jaye Weatherburn’s storify here.

In the invitation I received to attend (as a Monash alumni) the topic was described:

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Library @ The Dock Youth Unconference – ‘Outside the Lines’ (and Part 1 on Engaging Youth in Libraries)

The ‘Outside the Lines’ Youth Unconference at the Library at the Dock (unconference – “a loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured programme of events”) was an amazing experience. It was totally free and even provided morning and afternoon tea. The presenters were all young and had interesting insights. It was held in a beautiful location on a wonderful sunny day. I had a blast!

Their unconference description:“It is your chance to gain insight into what young adults are interested in, how libraries can support and collaborate with them and how we can broaden our thinking about young people into a more creative, flexible and innovative framework that will take libraries outside the lines. By participating you will have the opportunity to: Hear first-hand from young people and their experiences with the library and community organisations.”

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Professional Development, Memberships & Networking

It is really very important to keep up to date with new developments, innovations, ideas, issues and so forth in our field. You need to be a life-long learner if you are going to succeed in Libraryland 😉 Things are constantly changing; the way we utilise space, new technologies, what is expected of us, how we are viewed and how we must justify ourselves. There is a lot to learn. Not only this, it is important to network and get to know other professionals. You need to create relationships. These are especially helpful if you have a question or need some guidance, or more employment. So where to start? There are a few things you can do:

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