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Rebecca L. Mugridge
University of Pittsburgh
LIS Professional Development Day
March 28, 2009
Why address networking?
It’s not what you know,
it’s who you know
What networking is NOT
 Using people to get what you want
 Superficial
 Counting how many business cards you give away or
collect
What networking IS
 Building relationships
 Maintaining those relationships over time and
distance
 Identifying commonalities (and differences)
 Helping others
 Quality over quantity
What can networking help you do?
 Get a job
 Find a better job
 Acquire funding for your library
 Identify programs and speakers
 Recruit librarians and other library staff
 Identify research partners
 Become active in professional organizations
Networks that we already have
 Family
 Friends
 Alumni groups
 Co-workers
 Religious
 Social organizations
 Community groups
Public librarians interact with:
 Patrons
 Community groups
 Potential donors
 Government organizations
 Grant-funding organizations
 Board of trustees
 Friends group
 Professional committees
 Other?
Academic librarians interact with:
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Colleagues
Administrators
Library committees
University or college-level committees
State or national professional organization committees
Consortial groups
Potential donors
Student groups
Faculty groups
Grant-funding organizations
Graduate School
 Build relationships with your professors and
instructors
 Build relationships with your fellow students
 Apply for internships in your area(s) of interest
 Volunteer for your graduate student organization
Graduate School, cont’d
 Contribute to your school newsletter
 Attend school events when possible
 Join and become involved with student chapters of
library associations
 Keep in touch!
On the job
 Build relationships with your colleagues
 Build relationships with administration
 Don’t exclude non-librarians!
 Attend library-wide events
 Volunteer outside your area of expertise
On the job, cont’d
 Seek committee appointments (but not too many)
 Seek public speaking opportunities
 Volunteer to draft documents
Networking within your parent
organization
 Seek organization-wide volunteer opportunities
 Seek committee appointments (but, again, not too
many)
 Attend organization-wide events
Mentoring relationships
 Find a mentor
 Meet regularly
 Use your conversations to learn as much as possible
about your organization
 Keep in touch even if you move to another institution
 Become a mentor yourself
Community
 Volunteer in the community
 Seek ways to help community groups use the library to
enhance their success
 Encourage library use by community groups
 Identify community groups whose mission might
overlap with the library’s
Professional organizations
 Think broadly when deciding which to join
 Join regional or state library associations
 Join local chapters of national library associations
 Attend meetings of any or all groups that interest you
 Speak to the chair if you’re interested in getting involved
Professional organizations, cont’d
 Volunteer to serve at the division booths at
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conferences
Volunteer for leadership positions
Offer to present papers or moderate discussions
Attend membership meetings
Form a local chapter if one doesn’t yet exist
Research and Publication
 Contact editors and publishers directly
 The more you write, the more you will be asked to
write
 Everyone who reads your work becomes a part of your
extended network
Social networking online
 Facebook
 MySpace
 Twitter
 Flickr
“Like any new behavior, the more you
practice the skills of networking, the
easier it gets.”
Harvey Mackay Dig your well before
you’re thirsty: the only networking book
you’ll ever need.
For more information, please
contact:
Rebecca L. Mugridge
Head, Cataloging and Metadata Services
Penn State University Libraries
126 Paterno Library
University Park PA 16802
phone: 814-865-1850
fax: 814-863-7293
email: [email protected]
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