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Evolving Approaches to Professional Development: Continuing Education for the Unemployed or Underemployed Librarian

Your Name and Title: Laura Birkenhauer, Senior Library Technician


Library, School, or Organization Name: Miami University Libraries


Co-Presenter Name(s): N/A


Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Oxford, Ohio, USA


Language in Which You Will Present: English


Target Audience(s): MLIS/MLS/MIS/MSIS students; MLIS/MLS/MIS/MSIS graduates holding jobs outside of librarianship or employed as a paraprofessionals/library support staff; unemployed MLIS/MLS/MIS/MSIS graduates.


Short Session Description (one line): My presentation offers practical and creative solutions to the obstacles that stand in the way of MLIS/MLS/MIS/MSIS students and unemployed or underemployed MLIS/MLS/MIS/MSIS graduates participating in traditional continuing education opportunities.


Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

            Employers want creative, innovative, lifelong learners. They want to know you’re passionate about your field of study and intend to continue to grow, beyond your MLIS/MLS/MIS/MSIS degree – and you should want this too! If you’re in a position similar to mine, as a paraprofessional with an MLIS degree – or still a student, anticipating graduation; or an unemployed/underemployed graduate – it can seem difficult to pursue professional development opportunities. After all, you are likely paid less and might have less time off work than your librarian counterparts. Your employer may or may not offer funds for conference attendance. And, for that matter, funding or attendance may or may not be an option for you at all as a paraprofessional/library support staff. So, in the face of these and other obstacles, how can we stay informed, up to date and relevant as we apply for degreed librarian roles?

            My presentation focuses on practical and creative solutions to the hurdles that stand in the way of the target audience participating in traditional continuing education opportunities.


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