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1 A Library Job Isn’t Always In a Library: Vibrant and Vital Alternative Career Paths

2 Susan Berkman CEO Research-Ability

3 How it all began The evolution Where I am today What can you do? Today – Share My Story

4 How It All Began… Solo Librarian

5 The Evolution Special Librarian

6 Where I Am Today… Independent Information Professional

7 What Can You Do?

8 Contact me for more information Susan Berkman Phone: Web: LinkedIn: Facebook:

9 Bethany Sehon Manager, Taxonomy Mgmt. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

10 PwC No two career paths are alike from children’s librarian to quality standards to taxonomy to social networking … Content Standards Specialist, responsible for:  Created and implemented content management and quality standards for the firm’s information portal.  Launched the Controlled Vocabularies program Global Taxonomy Manager, responsible for:  Coordinated the transition of the controlled vocabularies (comprises taxonomy consultative services and taxonomy management technology)  Built a team of library professionals who help customers determine comprehensive, tailored plans to improve information management through the use of vocabularies in addition to previous responsibilities: SMS for Forensic Technology (includes consulting on proposals, business development efforts and participating on client engagements) Usability & Projects SMS and design team member for internal Social Networking platform (Spark) 10 Bethany Sehon Manager, Taxonomy Management April 2012

11 Nora Everlove CEO Everlove & Associates

12 Library and Information Resource Management for Florida Law Libraries (Love child born of necessity)

13 The light bulb  But I like lawyers  Bad economy  Rationale  A few of key people You’d rather not irritate her Support & Encouragement Mentors Really… too naïve to fail

14 We don’t do windows  Soup to nuts but part-time The Daily Grind Research and Document Retrieval Library Management  Acquisitions & Cancelations  Budgets  Kinda cataloging  In-house databases Contract Negotiations Website and Intranet Design

15 What’s my day like?  Communications  Staffing issues  Client issues  Payroll & Billing  Bill, bill and bill

16 Why do I like it?  I have no choice anymore changes less stress – rarely late reinvent my job as necessary as desired can focus on becoming expert can refocus on being a generalist

17 Frequently Asked  Who do we hire?  Where do we work?  What’s the hardest part?  Do you always have work?

18 office cell phone

19 Lisa Chinn Assistant University Librarian Allen Neuharth Journalism and Mass Communication Library University of Florida

20 Working Outside the MLS Box Lisa Chinn Assistant University Librarian Head, Allen H. Neuharth Library University of Florida

21 My Ex- Lives

22 And then I did this

23 But that made me

24 So I went to Library School… and then I graduated, so I had to find a job.

25 Here’s What I Did Listed Every Job I Ever Held BEFORE Library School -Including (in no particular order) tour guide, waitress, park ranger, actress, camp counselor administrative assistant

26 Then I Got Honest About My talents and my skills + My knowledge base = The things that make me unique

27 And then I applied to EVERY JOB where I believed I could excel -Special libraries -Sales -Database Education -Traditional Libraries -Government work -News Organizations

28 Found My Place… for a while

29 Library School Prepares You To Be An information professional A Great Searcher A Great Evaluator of Information An organizer Management material

30 What I Learned Don’t undervalue ANY of your work and life experiences Open your mind to those fields which will honor and value your unique experiences and gifts Keep interviewing and applying until you find the right fit

31  Susan Wald Berkman  CEO  Research-Ability  SW 1st St.  Coral Springs, Florida    Bethany Sehon  Taxonomy Manager  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP  3109 West Dr ML King, Jr Blvd  Tampa, Florida    Nora Everlove  CEO  Everlove & Associates  th St. N, St. Petersburg, Florida    Lisa Chinn  Assistant University Librarian  Allen Neuharth Journalism and Mass Communications Library, University of Florida  P.O. Box /1060 Weimer Hall  Gainesville, Florida  (352) 


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