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I’ve got the Education: What do I do now? Kate Morrison Library Technician, Hamilton I’ve got the Education: What do I do now? Kate Morrison Library Technician, Hamilton Public Library Member of OLA & OALT/ABO

Outline of Presentation We will be covering: 1. Who am I? 2. The OALT/ABO Outline of Presentation We will be covering: 1. Who am I? 2. The OALT/ABO salary survey & its implications for job hunting 3. What skills library technicians have to offer an employer 4. Where can you go from here? Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 2

Who am I & why this session? Ø I have a varied professional career Who am I & why this session? Ø I have a varied professional career & have had to job hunt in many types of conditions Ø I wish to show you can use a tool like the Ontario Association of Library Technicians/Association des bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario (OALT/ABO) Salary Survey to help you in your career at the beginning or any point Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 3

So, what is the OALT/ABO Salary Survey? Ø Sent out every 2 years Ø So, what is the OALT/ABO Salary Survey? Ø Sent out every 2 years Ø Data collated and presented to show such trends as: üTypes of libraries library technicians work in üEducational level of staff üResponsibilities of staff üManagement level of respondents üSalary üYears experience in the field Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 4

Parts of the Survey Used Ø Library environment Ø Job responsibilities & activities Ø Parts of the Survey Used Ø Library environment Ø Job responsibilities & activities Ø Public service responsibilities Ø Salaries of respondents Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 5

Before we go any further… your turn to do some work !! What job Before we go any further… your turn to do some work !! What job titles or areas of the library/information field have you found in your travels? (Please bring some suggestions with you to the session) Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 6

The Salary Survey says… & ices n v ser nicia ic aph n tech The Salary Survey says… & ices n v ser nicia ic aph n tech gr iblio tizatio B i dig Online Web Library technician Technicienne, systèmes Et remise de Documents Friday, February 4, 2011 Dat Initi a a Man tives age r Team Member Media Assistant Borrower Services Technician Secondary School Library Technician Coordinator, Research Centre I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? ion & irculat C ILL ician Techn C Ex hief ecu Off tive ice r 7

Library Environment Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Library Environment Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 8

Job Responsibilities & Activities – Technical Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: Job Responsibilities & Activities – Technical Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 9

Job Responsibilities & Activities – Public Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: Job Responsibilities & Activities – Public Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 10

Job Responsibilities & Activities – Management Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: Job Responsibilities & Activities – Management Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 11

Salaries Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? Salaries Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 12

So how does this help YOU! Ø Use it to discover other complimentary areas So how does this help YOU! Ø Use it to discover other complimentary areas to pursue besides the traditional Ø Help you think outside the box for other segments of employers to approach to sell yourself for the job Ø Words to use to sell yourself to employers Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 13

What do you, the person, bring to the equation? Ø Your skills from various What do you, the person, bring to the equation? Ø Your skills from various places of employment Ø Your creativity Ø Volunteer work Ø Life education (life skills) Ø Community involvement Ø Research about companies, job descriptions & related careers Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 14

What can I do as I hunt for a job? Ø Keep up with: What can I do as I hunt for a job? Ø Keep up with: ØCurrent events ØImprove your communication skills, if needed ØJoin professional associations ØNetwork, in person and online ØDevelop new, broader areas of knowledge ØPop culture ØProfessional websites, blogs, RSS feeds ØTake advantage of contract & volunteer work Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 15

Small List of Resources Ø OALT/ABO salary surveys: info@oaltabo. on. ca Ø ALA Job. Small List of Resources Ø OALT/ABO salary surveys: [email protected] on. ca Ø ALA Job. LIST Direct: http: //ala. informz. net/ala/profile. asp? fid=1494 Ø OLA’s Career Centre: http: //www. accessola. com/ola/bins/content_page. asp? cid=105 Ø Service Canada site with labour market opportunities: http: //www. workingincanada. gc. ca/content_piece s-eng. do? cid=1&lang=eng Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 16

Further Resources Ø CLA’s job site Ø School Library Journal Ø Archives Canada Ø Further Resources Ø CLA’s job site Ø School Library Journal Ø Archives Canada Ø Library & Archives Canada Ø ARMA Canada – records management Ø Your old school Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 17

Further Resources Ø Resources in the Knowledge Ontario suite of databases – Learning Express Further Resources Ø Resources in the Knowledge Ontario suite of databases – Learning Express Library, etc. Ø Microsoft web site for their applications Ø Other associations in your related field Ø Databases provided by OLA Ø RSS feeds from various news outlets Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 18

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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Francis Bacon Every great A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Francis Bacon Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 23

A Different Perspective From a discussion last September on the OALT/ABO discussion list, after A Different Perspective From a discussion last September on the OALT/ABO discussion list, after listing many ways to look for a job, Maggie ended with this statement: “To be honest, I don't think it's about statistics, or about the economy, or about how persistent you are, or about how qualified you are. I think successful job-hunting is a creative activity. It's about imagination. ” Maggie Weaver OALT/ABO Member Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 24

Summary Use your life experience, common sense, and skills you have learned through your Summary Use your life experience, common sense, and skills you have learned through your education and with the help of others. Relax & have fun in life while job hunting, this will help you take a look in unexpected places and be ready to take risks. Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 25

Contact Information Kate Morrison Library Technician Hamilton Public Library kmorriso@hpl. ca Friday, February 4, Contact Information Kate Morrison Library Technician Hamilton Public Library [email protected] ca Friday, February 4, 2011 I’ve Got the Education: What do I do Now? 26