Road to New Skills, New Job Begins with SLA

Looking for your first job, or trying to learn new skills so you can get a better one? Membership in SLA puts you on an inside track toward both.

Starting this month, SLA is presenting several online learning programs designed to raise the success quotient of librarians and information professionals. Some of these programs are stand-alone presentations, while some are part of the “Best of SLA 2019” series, which will reprise eight (and possibly more) highly ranked sessions from the SLA 2019 Annual Conference.

Following are just some of the many learning programs on tap:

On Tuesday, September 24, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, SLA will team with Springer Nature to present a free webinar, “Info Pros and the Changing Landscape of Technology.” Robin Neidorf and Jeanette Eldridge will discuss recent research designed to gauge how information teams are prioritizing and engaging with technology-intensive projects. They will share insights from this research and practical tips on how you and your team can confidently contribute your unique expertise to technology-focused projects.

The following day, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, Mary Ellen Bates will present “Finding Hidden Business Resources: Mining Grey Literature, the Deep Web and Other Hidden Business and Financial Resources.” In this “Best of SLA 2019” session, Mary Ellen will discuss strategies that info pros in business and finance can use to find resources they can’t unearth in a web search or through a fee-based service. If you want to make yourself “Google proof” by learning how to uncover business-focused resources that your clients can’t find, this session is for you.

On Monday, October 7, Lesley Ellen Harris, author of Licensing Digital Content, will present a webinar titled “Digital Licensing Tips and Secrets for Info Pros” that will teach you skills ranging from understanding licensing language to negotiating licensing agreements to ensuring the legal use of licensed content. This program, which is free for SLA members and just $19 for non-members (and can be purchased and viewed at any time), provides a taste of SLA’s certificate program in digital content licensing.

(If you need a quick primer on copyright, check out Lesley’s September 11 presentation titled “10 Essential Copyright Compliance Tips Every Info Pro Must Know.” This half-hour program, which can be accessed and viewed at any time, will demystify copyright and provide you with practical copyright compliance tips you can immediately put into practice. The webinar recording is free for SLA members and just $19 for non-members.)

These and other SLA learning opportunities will help you develop new skills and acquire new knowledge that will make you more valuable to your current employer and more attractive to future ones. But how do you get your résumé in front of potential employers? It’s easy—just sign up for SLA’s Virtual Career Fair, to be held October 15 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The Career Fair is free, and you can login to the event from anywhere, on any device. It takes just a few minutes to register, and you can access job openings up to 30 days after the event. The Career Fair allows you to—

  • explore employers and career opportunities for every stage of your career;
  • discover career development resources and interactive content in employer virtual booths;
  • engage directly and privately with employers via dynamic one-on-one web chats; and
  • make new connections and broaden your network.

Don’t miss this chance to find your next career opportunity and network with employers looking to hire. Register for the Virtual Career Fair now!

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