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1 Changing places How a job exchange can (maybe) change your life Liz Walkley Hall

2 Outline Some background The why, how, who, how, and what of a job exchange Why go? How to sell the idea to your manager Who to exchange with How to organise the details What to do after the exchange

3 Background 1996: Reference/Reserve Librarian, Flinders University, South Australia

4 Background 1997: Assistant Librarian, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

5 Why … Professional development Experience a different library environment without resigning Personal fulfilment Live and work in a city you’ve always dreamed about

6 How … sell the idea Define the benefits to the library and the organisation Find support and use it “Earn” your exchange

7 Who … Use established networks Personal contacts Professional or organisational contacts Targeted approach Go directly to potential libraries you’d like to work in Possible resources: LIBEX: Library associations, especially ALA

8 How … organise the details Documentation Insurance – work, medical, travel Work permit/visa requirements Salaries and the cost of living

9 How … duties and conditions Job description Working conditions and staff benefits Training, professional development opportunities

10 How … personal effects Accommodation Household goods Vehicles Personal items

11 What to do afterwards … Use the exchange to enhance professional opportunities at home Maintain professional relationships with colleagues overseas

12 Scotland … My view of Glasgow

13 Scotland … West Highland Railroad

14 Scotland … Tobermory, Isle of Mull

15 Ireland … Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

16 Wales … Dylan Thomas’s cottage, Laugharne

17 England... Wren Library, Cambridge

18 Turkey … Ephesus

19 Turkey … Fishing village

20 Spain … Cordoba

21 Spain … Seville

22 Paris … View from the Notre Dame

23 Friends …

24 Thank you …


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