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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
What networking IS
 Building relationships
 Maintaining those relationships over time and
 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:
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
 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
 Seek organization-wide volunteer opportunities
 Seek committee appointments (but, again, not too
 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
 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
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
 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
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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