How can I get this presentation seen outside the Echo Chamber? (Or: If you want to work in libraries, here are 10 things you need to know…)

08 Nov

I’ve created a presentation which takes some of the essential careers advice for new professionals post, and re-contextualises it as: here is what you need to know if you want to work in libraries.

The idea is that it will serve four purposes.

1. It’ll be of interest to existing and new professionals, maybe create some debate or heighten awareness of certain issues
2. It’ll entice more dynamic peoeple into considering librarianship as a profession, by righting  a few misconceptions
3. It’ll put off some of the meeker people who may labour under misapprehensions as to what librarianship is really like (I’m very happy with this ambition – we have too many over qualified pros as it is, so why not head people off before they waste time and money in a profession that isn’t like they thought it would be?)
4. In the course of 2 and 3 it may increase awareness as to what Information Professionals do these days

I’ve deliberately tried to make the most aesthetically pleasing presentation I’m capable of, in order to increase the chances of people picking it up! And make it very concise, too. For numbers 2, 3 and 4 to really be achieved, I need this presentation to go way beyond the reach of this blog and my twitter account. With that in mind, if you know of anywhere that could display this presentation, or link to it, please let me know! Anywhere at all. I want ideas as to how to get this beyond the echo chamber, I’d love to see some in the comments… And also, if you’d like to embed it in any sites or blog of your own, please please feel free to do so – the code to embed it is available from the Slideshare page. I’d really love to see it in as many places as possible. :)

- thewikiman

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  • Ned Potter November 8, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Blog post – how do I get my slide deck about library careers beyond the echo chamber? #echolib

  • Ned Potter November 8, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    I need your suggestions! Blog post – how do I get my slide deck about library careers beyond the echo chamber? #echolib

  • Ned Potter November 8, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    @librarianbyday Literally anything that might reach people I can't. (see for fuller explanation..) Thanks!

  • kongtemplation November 8, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    @theREALwikiman nice work. i blogged it and posted it on my facebook page :)

  • Bobbi Newman November 8, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    get this presentation outside the Echo Chamber? Or: If you want to work in libraries, 10 things you need to know…

  • theREALwikiman November 8, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    @kongtemplation Fabulous! Thank you very, very much!

  • Emma November 8, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Ned, @Girlinthe and I are writing an article for Guardian Careers which ties in so well with these slides so we shall definitely link from there

  • thewikiman November 8, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    That sounds fabulous, thank you…

  • PaigeLibrarian November 8, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    @theREALwikiman Local papers – ours has a “so you want to be a..” column we’ve used. Broadsheets may too. Careers services? Schools?

  • theREALwikiman November 8, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    @PaigeLibrarian Yep good points – certainly aiming at careers services, schools I have no ‘in’ to, but it’s a great idea!

  • Annie Johnson November 8, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Stuck it in my blog, twitter and facebook. Also forced the boyfriend to take a look :>

  • thewikiman November 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    W00T! Thanks, Annie….

  • Helen November 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    My old course has a facebook page I’ll post it on, they’re in the business school at LJMU so could share it with other students too.

  • thewikiman November 9, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Thank you Helen, that’s great. This is really working.

  • richard hawkins November 9, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Hey Ned,

    have you thought about asking CILIP if they’d add it to one of their webpages?

    Such as this one:

  • thewikiman November 9, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    It’s a good plan Richard, I’ll look into it. (Although that Careers Gateway page is an MSU one, so I don’t know what’ll happen to that…)

  • Alice Halsey November 11, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    I am personally inclined to say, “it’s not about books; it’s about information.” It may be in books, but it’s more likely to be contained in grey literature, blogs, journals, tweets, lines of code, conversations, etc. etc. I work on the enquiries desk of a large academic library, and I’m far more likely to be asked, “so if Wikipedia’s not good what CAN I use online?” rather than anything to do with books!

    I’d like to add ‘You’re not as stupid as you think you are’. As, I’m chronically shy, and always second-guessing myself. I’ve not pursued a lot of opportunities due to this, so I think postgraduate courses should teach assertiveness training as standard! I swear, believe in yourself and others will believe in you, as clichéd as that sounds.

    (PS — really enjoyed your article in this month’s Gazette. Gave me a bit of hope that a professional post might one day be mine, and I won’t be leaving the world of libraries to work in a call centre.)

  • thewikiman November 11, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Yes, that’s a very good way of putting it!

    And you’re right about the belief thing. Something I’ve personally found, on a related note, is that you don’t have to be an expert to make something good, you just have to be the person who actually tries to make it…

    Glad you liked the Gazette thing! Was really pleased to be asked, especially with Gazette being about to close.. Sad times.

  • Alice Halsey November 12, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    “…you don’t have to be an expert to make something good, you just have to be the person who actually tries to make it…”

    I think I may plonk this quote in my CV! ;-)

    The only problem is that even if you read the spec for your dream job, the spec’s going to change because of the nature of the profession! Prior to being a grad trainee, I remember looking at subject librarian jobs in academic libraries. Three years ago, they didn’t often mention that a teaching qualification was desired, and now the majority of vacancies do. I’m willing to bet that in ten years or so, having some sort of teaching qualification will be the norm. I’m already thinking about doing a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education or similar and haven’t even finished my MSc yet!

    I didn’t know Gazette was about to close. Either they kept it pretty quiet, or they announced it during October when I was out of the country!

  • thewikiman November 12, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Okay I’m now wondering if your comments were intended for this blog post?

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