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1 Maximize Your Value for a Successful Job Searching and Transitioning -- Insights & tips from a new librarian Min Tong University of Central Florida CALA MW Annual Conference, 2010

2 About me…. 2007, MLIS, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada present, Reference/Instruction Librarian, University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, FL

3 Some facts about UCF UCF is one of the 11 public state universities in FL 2009 Enrollment: 53, campuses UCF library collection: 1.8 million

4 What helped me land the current job….. Library working experience during MLIS years Positive & Confident Attitude (reflecting in the cover letter & during interview process) Geological flexibility

5 I got the job, now what?..... Be Adaptable Be Open Be Realistic Be Perseverant Be Proactive

6 If you are facing promotion/tenure like me…..

7 Promotion JobScholarshipServices A Successful Promotion Requires…

8 Data-driven research Professional conference poster/presentation Scholarly journal publication (field, peer- reviewed, etc.) Scholarship consists of elements including….

9 Where to start?

10 Put ideas into action… ACRL 2009, Seattle, WA

11 Put ideas into action…Contd. FLA 2009, Orlando, FL

12 Put ideas into action…Contd. Georgia Conference on Information Literacy 2009 Savannah, GA

13 Put ideas into action…Contd. Tong, M., & Kisby, C.(2009). A Partnership approach to multi-campus library services. Collaborative Librarianship, 1(4),

14 Lessons learned… Start from something that you are confident to talk or write about Leap before you think (occasionally) Collaboration -- a “Must” for most new librarians Accept the imperfection

15 All in all…. You have much more potential than you think you do. Maximize your value and potential and you will see the difference!


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