Taking Control of Your Future: Eleven Steps to Develop Your Career - Presentation Material

Professional development is not a luxury, it is a necessity for library and information professionals. It is something that we need to plan for; something to build into our careers, our job descriptions, and our roles. Engaging in professional development opportunities helps us to develop new skills, form new collaborations, learn about new tools and procedures, and stay motivated and active in a rapidly changing profession. Professional development is an investment in our individual futures which will help to propel us to the next level or the next stage -- whether that is a new job, a new role, a new initiative, a promotion, a career change, or simply a happier state of mind. And, in turn, will benefit our libraries, our institutions, and our communities. Our presentation will focus on eleven simple and painless steps to add professional development into (and charge up) your career.

Susanne Markgren

Susanne Markgren is the Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York. Previously, she has worked in public and special libraries and as a career consultant and an adjunct instructor. She is a past president of ACRL/NY, and the current mentoring program coordinator. She has written articles, book reviews, essays, and chapters for a variety of publications and has co-authored "Career Q&A with the Library Career People" since 2003. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA from Manhattanville College. With Tiffany Eatman Allen, she is co-author of Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career (Information Today, Inc.).

Tiffany Eatman Allen

Tiffany Eatman Allen is the Director of Library Human Resources at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library. She works extensively with librarians, staff, and Information and Library Science graduate students. She has served as co-chair of the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) Human Resources Section, and currently co-chairs the ACRL Personnel Administrators and Staff Development Officers Discussion Group. She holds a BA and MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published in traditional print media, including C&RL News and in The Librarian's Career guidebook, as well as several articles written online for Additionally, she has served as co-editor of and as co-author of "Career Q&A with the Library Career People" since 2003. With Susanne Markgren, she is co-author of "Career Q&A: A Librarian's Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career" (Information Today, Inc.).