The After-Dark Lecture Series had our first panel discussion of they year regarding a very important topic for students in our program. The panel topic for the evening was on job skills required for new librarians in the workforce. The program was a huge success. Our speakers included Jacqueline Rose (Polk County Senior Coordinator of Library Media Services), Jessica Riggins (Immediate Past President SIS), Susan Oliver (Chief Librarian Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library), and Susan Ariew (USF Tampa Campus Librarian). The panel gave a brief overview of their background and how they ended up in their current position. They also spoke about different characteristics libraries look for in candidates including experience, leadership, and energy. The four librarians took questions from the assembled students on topics like giving references and salary negotiations. All of the panelists agreed on the tough environment for finding an available job in the current economy. They did mention the value of volunteering or work study in getting an advantage over other candidates.
Approximately 35 students attended the program. This was the highest number of students who have attended our After-Dark Lecture Series. Students who are members of the student organizations can hear a recorded version of the discussion on Blackboard in the Student Organizations section in Elluminate.
Our next after dark lecture speaker is Betsy King from CAE USA Inc. She will give a brief overview of her career and job duties in a training center for cargo aircraft. This is a great opportunity for librarians wanting to learn more about a career in special libraries. RSVP required for this event. More information is available via our Facebook page and our website.
What did you get out of the panel discussion?