Former Special Library Association (SLA) President Deb Hunt has an MLS but never introduces herself as a librarian because she gets stereotyped into the typical public librarian role when she does. She prefers to introduce herself as a Knowledge Strategist or Knowledge Curator because job titles do a lot to demonstrate the strategic value someone has to an employer. On the right is a slide from that webinar with suggested titles for librarians and archivsts in the corporate world.
Inspired by her webinar, we sat down to have conversations with long-term Soutron clients to get their perspectives and tips for success regarding Information Science careers in the special library, archive, knowledge, project management career tracks. Read up on their career experiences and thoughts below:
In Deb Hunt’s webinar titled “Where the information Magic Happens – Hint it’s Outside Your Comfort zone”, she talks about going outside your comfort zone when it comes to career development, encouraging people in our industry to examine their roles and titles in order to make their titles future-ready.
That way, you can be seen as invaluable as old librarian roles and archivist stereotypes are shredded or abandoned. She also stressed the need to knuckle down and do the work required to earn increased respect and value. If you have a career story you would like to share, please contact our marketing department.
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Sandra Zuniga Guzman
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Information Services Manager at
Whittington Health Library
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