CHOOSING LIBRARIANSHIP AS A PROFESSION To Be or Not To Be

JANICE D.C. PEÑAFLOR
De La Salle University "The Modern Strategist: Accelerating the Career Path of an Information Professional “ 3rd National Congress of the Association of S ecial Li!rarians in the Phili ines "# Octo!er "$%3 &otel &"O 'anila

Outline

 W y NOT to !e  W y TO BE  BEING

But "irst# W at is Li!rarians i$%
&Li!rarianshi is t e disci line an' rofession t at is (on(erne' )it el$in* in'ivi'uals o!tain relia!le in"or+ation to in(rease t eir ,no)le'*e in all s$ eres o" t eir lives "ro+ t e (u+ulate' in"or+ation store o" +an,in'-.

Outline

 (h) NO* to !e  W y TO BE  BEING

W y NO* to +E
• Be(ause it o""ers little +oney • Be(ause o" (ir(u+stan(es o" $e(uliar annoyan(e an' trial involve' in it • Per$le/e' !y ne*ative stereoty$es an' i+$ression • Not a true $ro"ession% • Lo) status 0$oor i+a*e

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W y NO* to +E Still $er(eive' as a &)o+an:s $ro"ession-

W y NO* to +E

A least stress"ul ;o!%

W y NO* to +E

Worst <aster:s De*ree "or ;o!s%

Outline

 W y NOT to !e  (h) *O +E  BEING

W y *O +E

W y *O +E
Factors Attracting Peo le to the Professions
Goo' "it )it interests Wor,e' as assistant in li!rary !e"ore enterin* LIS $ro*ra+ Wante' a ;o! ) ere I (oul' +a,e a 'i""eren(e Li,e' )or,in* )it $eo$le Availa!ility o" ;o!s Fle/i!le e'u(ational o$tions "or )or,in* a'ult Frien' or "a+ily +e+!er re(o++en'e' LIS Frien' or "a+ily +e+!er )or,e' in LIS Al)ays )ante' to !e a li!rarian

WH= *O +E
*here,s lent) of hard -or. in it.

WH= *O +E
+eca/se of the ros ects of the rofession.

WH= *O +E
+eca/se of the ad0antages of ersonal gro-th.

WH= *O +E
+eca/se of ele1ents of satisfaction in the -or. itself.

WH= *O +E
+eca/se it is a field -here -or. -ill reall) tell.

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 W y NOT to !e  W y TO BE  +EIN2

+EIN2 Li!rarian

+EIN2 Li!rarian

The 1ission of li!rarians is to i1 ro0e societ) through facilitating .no-ledge creation in their co11/nities.
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+EIN2 a B5st Century Li!rarian

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E1!race *echnolog)

+EIN2 a B5st Century Li!rarian
+asic *ech Co1 etencies
• • • • • A!ilit) to e1!race change Co1fort in the online 1edi/1 A!ilit) to tro/!leshoot ne- technologies A!ilit) to easil) learn ne- technologies A!ilit) to .ee / -ith ne- ideas in technolog) and li!rarianshi 3enth/sias1 for learning4

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+EIN2 a B5st Century Li!rarian
&igher Le0el Co1 etencies
• • • • • •

Pro5ect 1anage1ent s.ills A!ilit) to 6/estion and e0al/ate li!rar) ser0ices A!ilit) to e0al/ate the needs of all sta.eholders 7ision to translate traditional li!rar) ser0ices into the online 1edi/1 Critical of technologies and a!ilit) to co1 are technologies A!ilit) to sell ideas8li!rar) ser0ices

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+EIN2 a B5st Century Li!rarian
Are )o/ Read) for a Redesign9

+EIN2 a B5st Century Li!rarian
Are )o/ Read) for a Redesign9

*i s on +EIN2 Li!rarian
5. =ou:re not *oin* to $lease every!o'y.

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B. Say yes to ne) o$$ortunities .

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C. Attitu'e +atters.

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D. =ou 'on:t ave to !e t e e/$ert at everyt in*.

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E. Don:t let anyone +a,e you "eel you are not a $ro"essional.

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F. T e (usto+er is not al)ays ri* t.

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G. Never sto$ learnin*.

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6. So+eti+es *ettin* a ;o! is ;ust lu(,.

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7. Trust your instin(ts.

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58. Wor,0Li"e Balan(e

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THANA =OUH

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