New professionals can learn a lot at SLA 2015

Guest blogger Siobhan Guinness on what SLA 2015 has to offer new professionals.

McGuinness_SiobhanThere is so much this year for a new graduate to avail themselves of in Boston. My two aims would have to be:

*Making connections, connections, connections
*Learning from the best (and don’t forget to ask questions!)

A few events that stand out for me:

Saturday, June 13, 8:00 a.m. – Using the Internet as an Investigative Research Tool (CE course)

This is a very interesting topic. As information professionals, we are not just good at searching we are great; however, I always ask, can I do better in my online searching? I find today that in order to teach our younger ones we, as information professionals, now need to be more social media savvy than ever. By using these tools such as Twitter in an educational way I think we can reach a wider pool of people and change the way they see and engage with social media.

Sunday, June 14, 11:45 a.m. – SLA Career Connection Seminar: It’s Not Easy Being Green: A Real World LIS Discussion for Students and New Professionals

As a new LIS professional this is one that I cannot miss. Learning the ropes is one thing but engaging with real life super pros is another. If the experts are there, so am I.

Tuesday, June 16, 9:45 a.m. – Copyright in the Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities for Information Professionals

Copyright is always a hot topic for info pros and as this is forever changing, I need to know how to adapt.

And, I’ll be saving my pennies for next year!

Siobhan McGuinness is from Waterford City, Ireland, and received her MLIS from University College Dublin in 2013. She recently received an internship with the Heritage Council of Ireland as a library and records management assistant. Follow Siobhan on Twitter.

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