These are tough times, but librarians, archivists and other information professionals possess many marketable skills that may be easily adapted to access, organize and unlock the value within the paper, digital and knowledge information assets for their organization or their clients.

The workshop offers practical advice to help information professionals assess and expand their existing skill sets and develop new areas of expertise to broaden their career potential, maximize their earnings in their current position or gain that competitive edge for landing their next job.

Who should attend these workshops:

  • Any librarian, archivist or other information professional, who is: unemployed, underemployed, worried about potential layoffs/job security, feeling stuck in a rut or a dead-end job with scant chance for advancement.
  • Any library/archive/information professional, who is seeking that next job opportunity or a career change, but fears they lack the right skills or competitive edge for success or advancement.

Part 1: Broadening Your Existing Skill Set June 12, 2012, 5:30-8:00 PM

This workshop has ended. Please see at bottom of the page for details about the Part I workshop.

Part 2: Success Stories You Can Replicate
July 10, 2012, 5:30-8:00 PM

This workshop has ended.

5:30-6 light refreshments & networking (refreshments courtesy of Taylor & Associates)
6-8 the program.

In this follow-up session, we will explore a variety of settings outside the library realm where information professionals are working and thriving. The presenters will draw upon their own experiences and present case studies of librarians and former librarians who have successfully taken a great leap forward or upward in their career or transitioned into a less traditional or alternative career path. The presenters will identify the many “personas” used by the most successful librarians/information professionals in our profession. Workshop attendees will develop their talking points, “elevator speech” and other communication skills that will help them get to “yes” and consistently prove their value to their organization.

By the end of this program, participants will:

  • Learn how to continually reinvent themselves and adapt and thrive within the tsunami of change that is sweeping the library/information profession.
  • Be able to envision their path to advancement with success stories of other librarians/information professionals who have made the leap or become a “front runner” or leader in our profession.
  • Learn new methods and ideas they can deploy to increase their marketability and turn the perilous winds of change into a career growth opportunity. The workshop leaders will teach participants how to consistently demonstrate their value to their organization to assure their success.
  • Know how to maximize their chances of success when interacting with colleagues and the gatekeepers within their organizations. Attendees will develop convincing talking points and an “elevator speech” that will assure their success in any situation. Participants will learn how to use these tools to get buy-in and get to “yes” as quickly and often as possible.

Cost: $35 for BayNET members, $45 for non-members, and $35 for students and unemployed.
Location: Alameda County Conference Center on the 4th floor of the Alameda County Law Library building, 125 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94607.
DEADLINE: Please register online. Registration closes at 40 participants.

About the Presenters for Expanding Your Career Potential

Deborah Hunt, MLS, ECMp, is a strategic knowledge professional and Principal of Information Edge (, which specializes in value-added research, knowledge services, enterprise content management, and library creation and automation. She is an active member in the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) and served on the Board of Directors from 2001-2003. Deb is currently SLA President-Elect and her presidency theme is Transform Knowledge and Expertise Into Strategic Value. Deb is an award winning part-time adjunct faculty in the Library Technology program at Diablo Valley College and has also taught for the League of Women Voters, InfoPeople and UC Berkeley Extension. She is a frequent presenter at SLA conferences, Internet Librarian and other venues for information professionals. Deb received her MLS from UC Berkeley and has moved forward from there, always leaping off the edge into the next opportunity to leverage and expand on her skills.

David Grossman, MLS, serves as History Room and Reference Librarian for the Mill Valley Public Library (California), where he is currently constructing a digital archive with a workforce of 25 volunteers. David has 30 years of experience in a variety of traditional and non-traditional library/information professional roles. Most of his career has been spent building, managing, marketing and selling online systems and databases for publishers, airlines and other businesses. David has often been tapped as a motivational speaker on alternative career opportunities for librarians. David is also a part-time journalist in the airline/travel industry and previously authored a column on business travel for USA as well as a column called “What’s Next” for Searcher Magazine. His articles have also appeared in the Boston Herald, ABC and the print edition of USA Today. David holds a BA degree in Journalism and MLS from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Part 1: Broadening Your Existing Skill Set
June 12, 2012, 5:30-8:00 PM

Registration is no longer open for this workshop.

In this first session we will identify and discuss those skill sets that are in the greatest demand in the library/information world. The presenters will also examine alternative jobs and potential career paths for librarians and information professionals contemplating a career change or transitioning into a non-traditional role. Workshop attendees will develop their own customized action plan to identify, augment and acquire those new skills that will provide their ticket to expanded career growth, increased compensation and greater career satisfaction.

By the end of this program, participants will:

  • Learn how to leverage their existing skills and experience or how to acquire new skill sets to improve their marketability, bolster their current work situation or take their career in a whole new direction.
  • Devise a strategy to capitalize on new opportunities within their current employment situation, secure a new position or hone their skills to maximize their value in any organizational setting.
  • Explore the many opportunities open to librarians/information professionals and know how to prepare for an alternative career and land a highly desirable job.
  • Develop a customized, personal action plan to assure continued employment or pursue new career opportunities commensurate with that participant’s existing talents and expertise.