Join SLA for an evening of appetizers, networking and career exploration with Deb Hunt and David Grossman.

Like all professions, librarians and information professionals have been severely impacted by the lingering recession. Budget cuts in many organizations have eliminated numerous library/information professional jobs. Additionally, many baby boomers, who are close to retirement, have decided to postpone or shelve their retirement plans in an uncertain economy, further tightening an already abysmal job market.

The workshop leaders will explore a variety of settings outside the customary confines where library/information professionals are employed. The workshop leaders will draw upon their own experiences and present case studies of former librarians and information professionals who have made the leap into an alternative career. The workshop will focus on the types of opportunities open to librarians/information professionals and offer practical advice on how to prepare for an alternative career or land a highly desirable job.

Workshop will provide information, strategies and actionable steps for attendees to think outside the box about what they can offer their current or potential employers and clients.

The workshop leaders will offer practical advice and recommendations on acquiring these new skills and experience.

Participants will assess their current skill sets and determine what else they need to learn in order to gain a competitive edge.

Participants will:

  1. learn practical and actionable strategies for acquiring new skills and experience
  2. assess their current skill set and determine what else they need to learn in order to gain a competitive edge. They will then develop an action plan to learn the new skills.

Cost: $25 for SLA members, $35 for non-members, and $25 for students, retired, and unemployed.

Location: The Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

DEADLINE: Please register online or mail your check be received no later than February 19th, 2011. Registration closes at 35 participants. Check at the link for more information.