The Academic Library in Times of Change

Academic Librarians in Transition: Stories, Narratives and Job Strategies on Moving into Different Library Careers

April 14, 2018
11:20  -  12:20
Salon 1

Session Category :  Panel 

What if you were an academic librarian and wanted to move into special or public libraries? How would you do that and how different would those worlds be? Today, more and more librarians are transitioning into different roles in the field. There is also a misconception that it is very difficult to transition from one kind of role into another. This session features a panel of librarians and administrators who have worked in various public, academic and special libraries in CA and beyond. They will share their experiences in moving from one type of library into another by covering their success stories and challenges along the way. The panelists will cover the kinds of risks they took, how they built, identified and cultivated specific skill sets and demonstrated values for career transitions. Audience members may expect to participate through smaller group discussions after a brief Q&A panel with panelists to learn how librarians can take career risks, embrace change, and transition successfully and effectively regardless of the library environment.