Module 5 – 1st & 2nd year (Professional Development)

Module 5 Professional Development

I. First Session (90 min.)

Activitiy:

  • Standard sources to check for vacancies in academic libraries and related institutions (e.g., CRLNChronicle, METRO site, Libgig, etc.)
  • How to read/evaluate the language of job ads (illustrate with real examples)
  • Faculty status and tenure–what all’s entailed?
  • How to determine whether to apply (qualified? interested? able to relocate?)
  • The elements of a successful cover letter (illustrate with real examples)
  • The elements of a successful resume or c.v (illustrate with real examples)
  • The differences between a c.v. and a resume

Homework:

  • Find a job ad of interest, from the last 2-3 years, in one of the standard sources
  • Research the potential employer; learn about the organization and its constituency
  • Prepare a cover letter and c.v., as though you were applying for real for the position you’ve identified.

Read:

  • Cannady, R., et. al., “Making the Best of the Worst of Times: Global
Turmoil and Landing Your First Library Job.” College & Research Libraries News, v. 71 no. 4 (April 2010) p. 205-7, 212.

II. Second Session (90 min.)

Activity (60 min.):

  • Break into groups of 2-3, and take turns evaluating each other’s cover letters and c.v.’s; one Dual Degree mentor facilitates each group’s evaluations.
  • Would you want to interview a given “applicant” based on the documentation before you?  Why or why not?  Ask applicants why they’ve expressed themselves as they have.

Discussion (30 min.):

  • What are some useful things you learned from the group critique of your c.v. and cover letter?
  • Phone interviews—what to expect and what to say
  • On-campus interviews—what to expect and what to say; body language; etiquette; attire
  • Time-frame for recruitment–need to be patient, slow; no follow up with employers except thank-yous for interviews; keeping a positive attitude

Homework:

III. Third Session (90 min.)

Activity (45 min.):

  • Break into groups of 2-3, and take turns interviewing each other, based on the positions you applied for in Session II; those asking questions should act as a mock search committee, with one Dual Degree mentor acting as its chair; each “candidate” should be interviewed for 15 min. or so; try to ask a few questions specific to each position.

Discussion (15 min.):

  • What are some useful things you learned from the mock interviews—from people’s reactions to you and from your reactions to them?
  • With the benefit of hindsight, how might you answer some questions differently?

Discussion (30 min.)

  • The elements of a successful job talk
  • Use term papers or theses as a basis for preparing a talk, if appropriate; always stick to the assigned topic closely
  • The importance of thank-you letters
  • Salary negotiation (ARL salary data)
  • Tips for after you start your first job
  • Any left-over questions from other topics covered in module

Homework:

Read:

  • Tanner, R. “Making the Most of Your Career: Advice From New Academic Librarians.” College & Research Libraries News, v. 71 no. 5 (May 2010) p. 238-9.

IV. Fourth Session (60 min.)

Professional values and behaviors [more to follow…]

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