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Jennifer Jeffery: If You Can’t Go to the National Conferences, Go to the Regional Ones!

Jennifer Jeffery, an atendee at our recent spring conference wrote an excellent article on professional development in library school and included a section discussing the value of attending regional conferences. We are thrilled that she was willing to let us share it with you!

Jennifer writes:

“If you can’t go to the national conferences, go to the regional ones. I recently went to the conference Career Development, Plan Your Future hosted by the Upstate New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (UNYSLA). The presentations were extremely informative and helpful. What was even more interesting was the perspectives of the different types of librarians there, including a number of science librarians, two librarians who worked for the State of New York in the labor and tax departments, a librarian who had worked for a vendor and is now the librarian for a law firm, a couple of public librarians, a librarian whose primary job is as a researcher, and a few others. When you go to conferences or talks, make sure to mingle afterwards. I was complementing a presenter on what he shared and said I noticed in his talk that he had quoted someone’s blog who used to work at a university that I am applying to. I expected that he would just say, “Yeah, I really like that person’s blog.” Instead he said he went to library school with three people that work there and offered to connect me with the one he was friends with if she wasn’t on the search committee. Wow!”

Be sure to read the entire article on the Syracuse Library Blog.


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