Forging a career path in any field can be challenging, and different positions require different approaches. That’s why the School of Information Sciences is launching its inaugural “Career Exploration Week,” a virtual program that gives current students a chance to speak with an SIS alumni currently working in the information field, which takes place September 17-21, 2018.
“There’s a lot of programs that help undergraduate students with how to find jobs, and what they need to do during their college years in order to get the job they want after graduation. With this in mind, we wanted to create something specifically for our Information Sciences students to help them learn about different career options and how to prepare for when they are ready to begin their job search,” said Tanya Arnold, student services coordinator for SIS.
The week kicks off with an online career webinar from 5-6 p.m. Sept. 17, hosted by Kim Dority, the author of dozens of articles and several books on library and information science career topics, including “Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals.”
The rest of the week will include opportunities for students to virtually speak with SIS alumni. Each professional will hold virtual “Office Hours” to talk with students about their own career path and current position, and provide a better understanding of information practices and workplaces.
SIS has had more than 30 alumni sign up to mentor current students, with expertise in a wide variety of settings, including:
- Public librarianship
- Academic science librarianship
- Academic library outreach
- STEM librarianship
- College library administration
- Research services
- Library marketing and outreach
- Business librarianship
- Data curation and management
- School libraries
- Reference and user instruction
- Public libraries serving rural communities
- Scholarly communications
- Medical librarianship
- International librarianship
- Technical services
- Library programming
- Public library management
Deadline for students to sign up is Sept. 1. Current students – let us know of your interest(s) and what block of time you are available to speak with a professional. All sessions will be held via Zoom.