I can’t believe its already June 1st, and 2017 is halfway over. It’s definitely been a very busy 6 months and May was quite the time for professional development ventures.
At the beginning of the month I had the pleasure of presenting a lightning round talk on my ‘Google Bytes’ workshop series at the California Conference on Library Instruction. The conference marked a lot of firsts for me. First conference that was out of town, first conference that was more than half a day, and first conference where I was a presenter. Granted it was a lightning round, so only 7 minutes but still, an awesome opportunity.
The conference itself was really informative and useful. I loved the keynote speaker’s address “Defending and Disrupting the Scholarly Eco System” given by Dr. Cassidy R. Sugimoto. It was all about the bias against women and minorities in academia when it comes to publishing/authorship and how we as librarians can interrupt this process. It was also held at University of San Francisco so I had an excuse to make a trip to visit with friends as well. Overall it went really well (after I had to talk myself down from being intimidated and nervous at all the brains in the room) and I’m glad that I landed an opportunity. The only photo I could snap was this quick shoulder name tag shot because I was so nervous.
It wasn’t the first time I had spoken this year though, I also gave a talk about librarianship and the importance of libraries and information science at my sister’s college, Cal State Channel Islands. One of her marketing classes had a guest speaker panel on different topics and she chose her school library and librarianship. Contrary to popular belief, Librarians love advocating for libraries so it was a talk I thoroughly enjoyed. I even got to add a bit of personality to my presentation since it wasn’t as formal as the conference. So of course I had to throw in a Parks and Rec Librarian Reference in one of my slides.
So in the midst of all this public speaking, the first article I’ve written for Online Searcher Magazine is on the shelf! Its also being ran as a feature this month, which is pretty cool. The article is about my ‘Google Bytes’ Workshop series, but the next article I have lined up is all about streaming platforms and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to what viewers want in a service. So I actually got paid to do research on Netflix and write about it folks. I’m living the dream. This is also my first paid writing gig which I’m so stoked about. Side gig hustling like whaaaaaat! I’m really excited for the opportunity and I’m so glad my supervisor asked me if I wanted to give sharing her column a shot.
Also worth noting, on May 17, I have now officially been a librarian for 3 years! Time sure does fly by when you’re doing something you love! Seems like it was just yesterday that I was hustling my behind off in NYC in Library School. I would pull 12-14 hour days just to take care of expenses, do the most I could do to get professional experience and succeed in my classes. Honestly, it was the best decision/ hustle I’ve ever completed and I’m really proud of sticking through all of it. I think I’m a pretty good librarian and I love how this year has really given me tons of opportunities to spread my professional wings and grow. I’m looking forward to what the rest of 2017 brings and what the rest of my career will bring!