Bracing for an Uncertain Future: Update Your Professional Portfolio

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To show our support to the library community at this time, the Education Institute has offered 4 free webinars for Ontario Library Association and Partnership members and at a subsidized cost to non-members.

These sessions are meant to build connection and information-sharing as libraries begin to consider what comes next as they navigate this rapidly changing landscape.  

As a non-profit and a charity, we are launching a pay-what-you-can fee structure for our upcoming webinars to help recuperate our operational cost. We will continue to program webinar content that will support you through this challenging time. Please visit the Library Marketplace’s website to register for our upcoming webinars.

This session will air on Tuesday, August 20 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. EST.  Purchase it to receive access to the recording for 1 year from that date.

About this Session:

The only certainty in the near future is that almost every employer will be short of funds and that every position in the organization will be under scrutiny. Third in the series on “advocacy for special libraries”, this webinar focuses on identifying and promoting the skills that entrepreneurial librarians need to demonstrate their value within the organization and in the job market.

We’ll cover building your portfolio: collecting material and descriptions of key initiatives, and identifying a "story" to go with each skill, strength or value. Use your portfolio to answer these questions… "Why should you deliver these services?", "Where else could your skills be useful to us?", and (in an interview) "Tell me about yourself". Finally, this webinar will discuss how to create an inventory of individual skills, and the power of building your brand around a storyboard of your career. 

Participants will learn:

1) Tools to help you identify your strengths, motivations, values and specialized skills; 

2) How to find great examples from your experience; and

3) How to use the portfolio to craft a cover letter for a job application, or an expertise statement in a consulting proposal.

    About the Presenters:

    Maggie Weaver has job-hopped for 45 years, providing information services to industry, government, and consulting firms; she uses her professional portfolio to create winning proposals for work for non-library customers, in areas of information research and entrepreneurship. 

    Susan Cleyle, University Librarian at Memorial University, brings her insights and coaching skills to highlight the way to use the same techniques in career planning in a more traditional library setting.

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