Non-Librarian Librarians

We’re not even a month into 2012 and everyone seems to be talking more and more about alternative jobs for librarians and shedding the veil of stereotypes that others see.

The Leadership and Management Division of SLA presented a webinar with Bethan Ruddock entitled “Alternative Careers,” which gives guidance on how to leverage traditional library skills in untraditional environments.

Alternative Careers with Bethan Ruddock from SLA LMD on Vimeo.

Last week, I Need A Library Job interviewed Mia Breitkopf. Mia recently wrote a blog post called 61 Non-Librarian Jobs for LIS Grads. She is currently a student at Syracuse University’s iSchool, which is particularly influential in the new librarianship movement. The iSchool’s blog Information Space gives students, alumni, professors, and the Syracuse community a platform to share and discuss their thoughts about the information profession. A fellow student, Topher Lawton wrote a post on the iSchool blog declaring his 2012 resolution to break the stereotypes that people associate with the word “librarian.” It’s empowering to know that other people are speaking out about what it means to be a librarian – especially to those outside the profession.

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