Editor’s Note: We are happy to kick off our second annual Hack ALA week! We’ll be dedicating posts this week to all things conference-y and professional. As students, it’s important to get your feet wet in the LIS professional world early, and as often as your budget allows. While these posts are ALA-themed, much of the advice can be applied to other professional networking situations. These are just some sessions that we think are orientated towards library school students. We also encourage you to independently explore sessions that you are interested in. Also be sure to check out the exhibitors hall and the Networking Uncommons while you’re at the conference.
When: Saturday, June 23, 2012 – 10:30 am- 11:15am
This conversation starter seeks to bring together students and professionals to talk about issues pertaining to our education and our field. It will be a moderated conversation with guiding questions such as: What aspects of library school curriculum prepare you for the job? What emerging technologies enrich your education? How do you “hack” library school? Hack Library School is about being the change that you want to see. What would you change? We hope to see you there!
When: Sunday, June 24, 2012 – 7:00pm-9:00pm
Come meet the #makeithappen crowd at the joint Hacklibschool / Library Boing Boing Meetup at The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon (1025 E. Ball Rd.,www.theranch.com) on Sunday evening. We’ll be waiting for you in the Saloon.
Professional/ Library School Stuff
When: Friday, June 22, 2012 – 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Are you a first-time conference attendee with a long list of question? Long-time ALA members and leaders will teach you to decipher the conference program and navigate the exhibits. You’ll learn how ALA really works and leave with the confidence and knowledge to make the most of your conference experience.
More info here.
Networking: What Works?
When: Saturday, June 23, 2012 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Networking gets the job done! Discover what happens behind the closed doors of a library search committee – and how your professional (and personal) networks can make or break your prospects. Then learn how other librarians navigated the networking maze to land plum positions. With the insider scoop, practical pointers, and the opportunity to connect with both peers and mentors, you’ll be able to put your network to work for you.
When: Friday, June 22, 2012 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Do you belong in RUSA? Come learn more about this the Reference and User Services Association–a division of ALA. We represent librarians, library staff and leaders in readers’ advisory, collection development, genealogy, reference services, adult services, business reference, archives, interlibrary loan and resource sharing, reference technologies and more. Current members looking for ways to get involved with the division are also welcome to attend.
Add it to your schedule here!
A Mentoring Discussion: An opportunity for students and new library professionals to converse with seasoned library professionals
When: Saturday, June 23, 2012 – 10:30am to 12:00pm
This is an opportunity for GLIS students who want to ask questions about the graduate school experience or recent grads about job search strategies or how to navigate the library profession as a young librarian. Seasoned librarians will be available from different roles in the library profession to share their experiences and offer advice and mentorship.
Recruiting Future Librarians with Diverse Backgrounds: a Collaborative Project at Ten University Libraries in North Carolina (poster session)
When: Saturday, June 23, 2012 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Recruiting librarians with diverse backgrounds remains a challenging task for the library community in the U.S. The ALA Diversity Counts Report in 2007 states that the field is not recruiting or graduating enough ethnic minority librarians to replace the number expected to retire in the next two decades, highlighting the need to recruit the next generation of librarians with diverse backgrounds.
Read more here.
When: Monday, June 25, 2012 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Battledecks: Not for the faint of heart. It is a nerve-wracking event where those competing must create a coherent presentation from a deck of slides that they have never seen before. This is truly the perfect way to end your conference experience as these courageous individuals compete for the glory of being crowned the next champ.
As always, “There Can Be Only One”
It’s a lot of fun to watch and participate in. Highly recommended!
More info here.
Some of the hackers will be at ALA, so keep an eye out for us and be sure to say hi! Conferences are a great way to connect to others, network, and being among your tribe.
Stay tuned for a post on all the fun social events later this week!