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how to get ahead in library landpimp my career

who am i?kate davis associate lecturer information systems queensland university of technology

BA (Art History and Literary Studies), UQStarted HonoursMinor freakout: OMG Im unemployable!I know! Ill be a teacher!Minor freakout: Big, fat rejectionMajor freakout: What do I do now?!GradDipIT(LIS)20032004200520062007Electronic Services Librarian, Gold Coast Libraries20082009Graduate ProgramSerials LibrarianReference LibrarianNational Library of AustraliaReference LibrarianQUT2010Sessional Academic, QUTAssociate Lecturer, QUTStarted PhD(IT)

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what does crowd sourced #careerpimping look like?

tip #1work out what matters(to you)

tip #2attitude is (very nearly) everything

@zaana (Zaana Howard) ask for feedback, accept constructive criticism, be open to change. A good attitude is powerful #careerpimping

@flexnib (Constance Weibrands) treat colleagues and staff as you would like to be treated.

@sirexkat (Kathryn Greenhill) Remember people u tread on on way up will get you on the way down.

@MissSophieMac (Sophie McDonald) Be enthusiastic, passionate and find the positive in everything.

tip #3plan light

tip #4take (calculated) risks

@haikugirlOz (Kim Tairi)Don't let fear stop you from taking risks. Be adventurous, be creative and proud of what we do #careerpimping

tip #5move

tip #6get an online presence

tip #7contribute to the profession

tip #8publish

@haikugirlOz (Kim Tairi) publish... publish... publish #careerpimping #writeforincite #writearticles #givepresentations

tip #9network like your life depends on it(because it does)

tip #10be generous (cause this is a generous profession)

@helenfreid (Helen Reid) Don't be afraid to ask colleagues - librarians are the greatest sharers around #careerpimping

tip #11skill up thru study

@haikugirlOz (Kim Tairi) further study opens doors... get a Masters degree it is worth it #careerpimping

tip #12develop thine self

@flexnib (Constance Weibrands) practice & do. dont wait, train yourself. keep learning

learn to write! dont throw away your authority by producing shoddy work!

@helenfreid (Helen Reid) Read and listen, all the time thinking can we use this/try this/take a risk #careerpimping

tip #13diversify your skills (its called competitive advantage)

@rockchicklib (Jennifer Creese)#careerpimping maybe work on non-traditional "librarian" skill sets that make you stand out - multimedia, web development, etc?

tip #14speak up

@katejf (Kate Freedman)don't be afraid to suggest new ideas etc @ YPOW, just because you are new does not make your ideas any less valid #careerpimping

@flexnib (Constance Weibrands) a well-reasoned clear argument is easier to listen to than a rant

tip #15say yes

@sallysetsforth (Sally Cummings)Be adventurous in exploring & trying new things. Nurture your own enthusiasm & opportunities will arise to share with others.

tip #16be (quietly) confident

tip #17go after what you want

tip #18make your own opportunities

tip #19be professional

@haikugirlOz (Kim Tairi) dress for success #developyourownstyle #careerpimping #libraries

@sirexkat (Kathryn Greenhill) Be on time. Wash.

tip #20remember: its a small, small world

@haikugirlOz (Kim Tairi)library/information world a small one... respect! #careerpimping

@ranginui (Chris Cormack)don't forget to look outside the library sphere for influence, its a small world, outside has lots going on too

@zaana (Zaana Howard)don't limit yourself to only searching for 'library' or 'librarian' jobs there are more worlds out there that