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 nontraditional career paths?
David Stern, Candidate for Treasurer
I would emphasize taking advantage of the phenomenal networking and environmental scanning aspects within SLA. Members can interact with information professionals and vendors/publishers from all facets of the industry. SLA provides a great avenue to discover the latest tools, techniques and trends that will give you a competitive advantage over other entrepreneurs. You will meet industry leaders, movers and shakers, and other non-traditional information professionals.
You will find experts in key areas such as marketing, search tools, infrastructure design, metadata schema, solo librarianship, consulting, and many other related fields. Webinars and face-to-face meetings allow new and experienced visionary members to percolate and innovate, developing new perspectives that may lead to new services. You may even be able to start your own incubator such as a new Caucus or Division.
A last thought is to look outside the traditional services offered by libraries, seek out ways that organizations capture and share their information using new tools that complement control and hierarchy with flexibility and agility.
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