Networking for library students and recent graduates

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Student by CollegeDegree360 used under Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0

Building a professional network for a new or soon-to-be librarian can be a challenge. You may have limited contacts in the industry, study and family life fill up most of your time or that you may not be in an area with a strong library association to join. Networking is one essential skill that any professional  (working or not) need to have to move through their career but how do you find those opportunities and what should you look for in a networking opportunity?

You should look for:

  • Chances to meet librarians working in the field
  • Time to test out your new knowledge
  • The ability gain a broad perspective of the industry
  • The opportunity help to build the future of the profession
  • A chance to learn what skills other librarians have (and their employers want!)

Sydney University has written a very interesting piece on Networking Tips for students and recent graduates. One point they make is that many students don’t like to network because with more senior professionals because they feel that more experienced people may want to talk to them. Nothing could be further from the truth! The post recommends that students and graduates remember:

Experienced people in industry are also interested in the views of students and graduates as you’ve more recently studied and been exposed to new ideas and theories

So if you are a library student or recent graduate looking to meet others in the field, apply for the ILN. All you need is an internet connection and some time (ok, there is a little bit more to it, find out here)

Apply for the ILN today


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