SLA Learning and Success webinars are web-based presentations on topics of interest within the information industry.

Not Your Everyday Career Advice: Alternate Careers in the Library and Information Field

Tired of receiving the same old career advice? We hear you—and we’ve all been there.

SLA Illinois Chapter and Upstate New York Chapter, in conjunction with the Students and New Professionals Advisory Council and SLA staff, are proud to present Not Your Everyday Career Advice: Alternate Careers in the Library and Information Field.

The webinar is hosted by Rachael Altman and Jill Wilson, and features a dynamic and experienced panel of LIS professionals: Jamal Fisher, Deb Hunt, Ted Slate, Rachel Cole, and George Peckham-Rooney. (View more information about each speaker below)

Join us and listen to our panelists speak about their career trajectory, give real advice, and share stories about what worked for them. Come away with a newfound appreciation for the highly adaptable and transferable skills we all possess.

Who should attend? This webinar is for anyone and everyone—no matter where you are in your career!

Please join us on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm ET.

Registration and Pricing Information:

SLA Members – FREE
Non-members – $50

To add more value to our webinar, take this quick survey and ask questions ahead of time. We’ll try our best to incorporate them into the presentation; there will also be time for Q&A during the program.

Webinar Panelists:

Rachael Altman is currently a market intelligence analyst at Sidley Austin, LLP, where she researches clients and industries to support marketing, business development, and strategic initiatives. She previously worked at Grant Thornton International Ltd as a Research Analyst in risk management and independence and in academia as a librarian at Alabama State University and Rockford University. Rachael believes librarians possess the transferable skills needed to succeed in any environment. Rachael practices Ashtanga Yoga and teaches classes at Yoga Now in Chicago. She loves to travel and explore gluten free and vegan food options in Chicago and beyond (follow her foodie adventures on Instagram @senzaglutenchicago). You can reach Rachael at rachael.altman@gmail.com and on LinkedIn.

Jill Wilson is the cybrarian at ChaseDesign, a graphic design agency and consultancy where she is responsible for the company’s digital assets. She also provides marketing and business research assistance. Prior to Chase, Jill worked at Cornell University for 5 years as a science librarian, and before that in law firms and libraries. Jill’s passion in libraries is partnering with teams to provide them the best service she can give, whether that’s providing a designer with the asset they must have or a strategist with the research they never knew they needed. She feels librarians can be (and are!) integral to any organization. You can reach Jill at jwilson@chasedesign.net or on LinkedIn.

Rachel Cole is the public services librarian for Northwestern University’s Transportation Library, where she is responsible for outreach, instruction, and public services. Her previous experience includes work as a records analyst for Deloitte, a research editor with Encyclopaedia Britannica, and circulation manager with the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her current role with the Transportation Library, she works with special collections while at the same time working with current transportation research—a unique opportunity that allows her to combine her passions for cities, material culture, and history. Rachel can be reached at rachel.cole@northwestern.edu and on LinkedIn. You can find her on Twitter at @rmartincole, or through the Transportation Library on Instagram at @transportationlibrary.

Jamal Fisher works as an academic specialist (reference librarian) at the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. He has previously served in the areas of circulation, reference, and special collections at both a state university and a private liberal arts college. Jamal’s diverse experience includes attending law school and serving as a resident hall director, a teen specialist in public libraries, and a historical interpreter for the National Park Service. Jamal’s current career focus is on military education, equity, “library as place,” and research literacy. Jamal can be reached at jamal.fisher.civ@ndu.edu.

Deb Hunt is currently the library director at the Mechanics’ Institute San Francisco. For most of her career, Deb has zigged and zagged in and out of libraries, pursuing parallel careers in digital asset management, knowledge management and beyond, utilizing transferrable skills she wrote about in The Librarian’s Skillbook: 51 Essential Skills for Information Professionals. In 2013, she returned to libraryland. Deb keeps her hand in consulting as principal of Information Edge and co-teaches SLA’s KM/Knowledge Services Certificate courses. She is a certified Enterprise Content Management Practitioner and believes that learning never stops. You can connect with Deb on Twitter at @debhunt6 and LinkedIn.

Kendra K. Levine is the director of the Institute of Transportation Studies Library at UC Berkeley. She earned a Masters of Library and Information Science and Masters of Information Systems from Drexel University in 2008. She is the current chair of the SLA Students and New Professionals Advisory Council, is past president of the SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter of SLA, was chair of the SLA Transportation Division in 2013, and was named an SLA Rising Star in 2013. She also manages the library at KALX Radio where she also DJs. You can connect with Kendra on LinkedIn.

George Peckham-Rooney currently works as a data analyst at Emory University. In his position he focuses on managing database access, data quality assurance, and providing reports key stakeholders throughout the university community. Prior to Emory, he has worked in large law firms, small research centers, government digital repositories, and academic libraries. His interests include data management, knowledge management, and building focused taxonomies/ontologies for information retrieval.  You can reach George on Twitter at @georgedpr and LinkedIn.

Ted Slate is presently retired from the library and information field and is in the process of writing his second book. He took an early retirement from Newsweek in 1994 to begin a 15-year career as a tour director, traveling the world and lecturing on the sites visited. He then began writing a humor/travel column in 2009 for the Warren Reporter (New Jersey) and, simultaneously, wrote his first book, My Life and Other Aggravations. An overriding desire to travel and to share his experiences in a humorous way with others was the major underlying motivation spurring Ted to end his formal library career to pursue an alternate career path. You can reach Ted at tedslate@yahoo.com.




Best of SLA 2017 Annual Conference Webinar Series


Relive the best of SLA 2017—without leaving your office.


If you missed them in Phoenix (or didn’t get to go), you’re in luck. We’re presenting six of the most highly rated sessions from the SLA Annual Conference as live virtual sessions via webinar.


*Please note: Even though some webinars have already taken place, it is not too late to register for any individual webinar (or the entire series). Recordings are available for all webinars that have already taken place; registering for a webinar that has already occurred will provide access to the webinar’s complete recording.

Information about the webinars can be found below:

Finding Facts in the Alternative World: Only Librarians Know for Sure! (FREE)
October 16, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

Come learn tips and tricks from SLA Fellows and Rising Stars about verifying truth in a factually ambiguous world.

Presented by: Amy Affelt, director of database research worldwide, Compass Lexecon; Kathleen Lehman, head of user services, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville; Sara Tompson, manager, library, archives & records section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

This webinar is being offered for FREE as a preview for the series. Click here to access the webinar recording.

Putting a Price on Insight: Best Practices for Finding, Measuring & Communicating the Value of Information Services
October 26, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:15 pm ET

While info pros recognize the value we bring to our organizations, it can be challenging to articulate that value in ways that are understood by management. Mary Ellen Bates provides techniques and tools for identifying and communicating the key metrics for calculating the true ROI of information services.

Presented by: Mary Ellen Bates, principal, Bates Information Services

All the News That’s Fit to Curate: Evaluating Need, Content, and Tools for Internal News Services
November 2, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

The Gartner Information Resource Center (IRC) connects internal clients with external sources of insight through research, training, and daily news services. The IRC produces 10 daily newsletters on a variety of business and corporate function-related topics for more than 1,500 internal subscribers.

Prior to 2015, the IRC used several different tools, news sources, and procedures to create these newsletters, leading to workflow inefficiencies and long production times. In 2015, to streamline the process, the IRC decided to integrate the production of all newsletters under a single product. The IRC carried out not only a detailed evaluation of the possible tools available, but also an in-depth investigation into the requirements for content, search capabilities, and functionality.

In this webinar, presenters will discuss how they scoped out product requirements and created a vendor evaluation process, and talk about the lessons learned from the implementation.

Presenters: Margaret Metcalf, business information analyst, Gartner; Becky Milton, business information manager, Gartner

They Don’t Know We’re Here: Promoting Your Library and Performing In-House Outreach
November 9, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:15 pm ET

It’s common for patrons at public libraries to confess that they never knew there was a library in their community. Sadly, the same is often true of special libraries. Our patrons simply don’t know that their company or institution has provided a library for their use. To avoid being overlooked—or worse, cut from the budget—special libraries need to promote their services and perform outreach within their organizations.

In this session, we will explore ways to adapt promotional methods from public libraries and retail organizations to the special library setting. Some methods include the following: physical promotion; visual promotion; targeted outreach; digital promotion; and finding new work. Whatever your level of staffing and budget, this session will give you new ways to promote your library to your organization.

Presented by: Brian McCann, librarian, Black & Veatch; Eryn Campbell, research librarian, National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Show Me a Story: Data Storytelling Using Familiar Tools
November 14, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Data is almost always collected and analyzed for the purpose of telling a story. Charts, tables, and other graphics are the go-to tools for presenting stories in a clear and efficient manner. Unfortunately, relying upon these default practices of data presentation often results in a story being told unclearly or without meaning.

This session will demonstrate best practices for designing charts and other visuals that enhance one’s ability to clearly and effectively present the story behind the data—using tools and technologies that most librarians already have. It will also highlight how this skillset expands the role(s) of librarians into the realm of research evaluation. The speaker is a research librarian and evaluation analyst with more 12 years of experience in an academic health sciences library and research center.

Presented by: Sally Gore, research evaluation analyst, University of Massachusetts Medical School

How to Manage Annoying People
November 20, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:15 pm ET

Managing annoying people is truly relevant in today’s workplace. In an environment where employees are competent, moral, and ethical and bring real value, managers are challenged to cope with numerous social skill sets and employee styles and eccentricities that can annoy to no end. Ilene Marcus, author of the book Managing Annoying People, will provide techniques and insights on how to change the relationship dynamic.

Presented by: Ilene Marcus, CEO & founder, Aligned Workplace


Individual webinars are priced at $49 for SLA members and $99 for non-members.

The first webinar, Finding Facts in the Alternative World: Only Librarians Know for Sure!, is offered for free but the remaining five webinars can also be purchased as a bundle. The bundle of all five webinars is priced at $149 for SLA members and $299 for non-members.

Want to find out more about becoming an SLA member? Visit our membership page.

Click on the “register now” button above to purchase and register for any or all of the Best of SLA 2017 Annual Conference Webinars.

Each webinar will be recorded and the recording(s) will be made available to all registrants. Those who register after the webinar date will receive the webinar recording(s).

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