Question 1: Non-traditional Career Paths
What sort of advice would you give to professionals, both newly minted and more seasoned professionals, who might be interested in non-traditional career paths?
Stacey Greenwell, Candidate for Division Cabinet Chair-Elect
I would encourage any information professional interested in a non-traditional career to consider what SLA may have to offer in terms of learning, networking, and leadership opportunities. In my own experience, my first professional position outside of public libraries was in desktop and server management in a university library’s IT department. I had difficulty finding counterparts in other academic libraries, and thankfully several colleagues recommended I get involved in SLA’s Information Technology Division. I quickly found others doing similar types of work in corporate, government, and academic environments. We found relevant programs to attend at SLA Annual Conference and eventually developed our own program, the IT Division’s Technical Support Roundtable, in order to further meet our learning and networking needs.
In addition to considering SLA’s variety of learning and networking opportunities, I would encourage those interested in non-traditional careers to think about building their leadership skills in SLA. Speaking again from my own experience, I spent five years of my career as the lone librarian working with a group of IT professionals. Serving as a volunteer leader in SLA helped me gain leadership skills that ultimately led to promotions and new opportunities. Participating in volunteer leadership positions can build a variety of skills and help those in non-traditional roles stay engaged with other information professionals.
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