Several Pieces of the Puzzle

Recognition from management. "Face time" with senior leaders. Customers who consider you to be critical to their success.

Sound too good to be true? Not if you know how to advocate for yourself and your library team. That's the message of the theme articles in the September issue of Information Outlook.

From James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein's thoughts about using "key competencies" to elevate the status of the profession to Cindy Sullivan's tips for securing regular, personal interactions with senior leaders to Stephen Abram's advice on marketing your value and skills as an information professional, the September issue is packed with ideas about how you can ensure that your customers recognize and understand your worth. Add Anne Caputo's discussion of how Dow Jones decided that it could best advocate for librarians by creating a place for them to learn from each other, and you have several pieces of what Agnes Mattis calls the "much larger puzzle" of advocacy in her introduction to the topic.

The September issue also takes a look back at the SLA 2011 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, which attracted more than 4,000 information professionals and industry partners to Philadelphia for four days of education and networking. An overview of the conference, excerpts from five Spotlight Sessions, and a description of a new video that made its debut at the opening session combine to give those who couldn't attend a taste of what they missed.

There's more, of course–examples of how to develop your own professional narrative, a study of how a university assessed the ways in which it provides library services for the sciences and builds science collections, and a provocative letter to the editor. So why wait for your hard copy to arrive in the mail? Start reading the September issue now!

 

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