In the Path of Opportunity

We all know that the acronym LIS stands for library and information science. But for librarians and information professionals who stay up to date with industry trends and developments, network with their peers, and take advantage of professional development opportunities, a library degree can take on a whole new meaning.

These librarians and information professionals have skills and expertise that can take them far beyond the traditional library setting. So perhaps LIS should stand for listen, interact and strategize. Or maybe it should represent leverage, impact and skills.

The point is that librarians and information professionals have tools at their disposal to chart their own career path. Kim Dority, an info pro who helps people and companies learn to use information as a strategic asset, will emphasize this point in a panel presentation at SLA 2011 next month. Here’s what she’ll be telling session attendees:

LIS pros have a choice; jump in and create the opportunities they want in their careers, or let someone else determine when and where they’re needed–or not.

The good news is that we have the skills we need to create killer careers. Now we just need the strategies to keep taking them to the next level–strategies like scanning your environment for cool new ideas (and players), looking for the opportunity in change, creating a professional brain trust, leveraging your knowledge network, and paying attention to what’s surprising, what’s scalable, and what’s a hunch worth pursuing.

Yes, LIS jobs are going away in some areas, but they’re growing in a lot more. The trick is to identify those growth areas and then be in the path of opportunity–in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills.

Register now for SLA 2011 and be sure to attend Kim’s session, “Alternative Use of the Library Degree,” on Tuesday, 14 June, at 2:00 p.m.


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