Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

What do I do?

10Apr14

What got me started on this post was this article from INALJ (I need a library job) called 5 Things That People Don’t Realize Their Librarians Do. This is my year for public speaking. I’m sitting on a panel of library technicians at the 2014 Manitoba Libraries Conference called “What can you do with a Library Technician Diploma?” There […]


That was the title of the presentation Brenda and I did at the Ontario Library Association’s 2014 Superconference. Dana Schwarz, of the Ontario Association of Library Technicians kindly invited us to appear way back in June 2013 (they really plan a long time in advance!). At the time, Brenda was still living in Toronto and working […]


Computers in Libraries (CIL2013) is one of those conferences that I’ve always wanted to go to, but will probably never get to. View the archives of posts  here. I especially liked Metrics, Value and Funding with Rebecca Jones (from Dysart Jones) and Moe Hosseini-Ara (Markham Public Library). You can follow them on Twitter by either following @LibConf or the […]


Back to school

08Nov12

I recently did a presentation for the Marketing class in the library and information technology program at Red River College. I’m not the only library technician speaking to students: Shaunna Mireau’s post on Slaw references her visit to Grant MacEwan University. It’s great to have an opportunity to share our knowledge and experiences with students. I […]


Working as a solo in an organization with such dominant players as lawyers, I’ve come to realize that self-promotion is vital to my position’s continued existence. In academia it’s “publish or perish”. In a private firm, it’s not as necessary to publish completely original thought, but it doesn’t hurt to get some writing behind your […]


Disgraced politicians and tarnished reputations are on my radar lately. It’s on my mind lately as former Attorney General of Ontario Michael Bryant is rehabilitating his reputation in a tell-all book after his car was involved in killing a cyclist. Being trustworthy and trusting are components of a good reputation, according to Rick Powers. Powers […]


Legal Information Specialists : A Guide to Launching and Building Your Career. General Editor: Annette L. Demers. LexisNexis Canada, 2012. xxiii, 217 p. ; ISBN: 9780433468875, $75.00 At the CALL 2012 conference in Toronto this May, all attendees received a copy of this book. At the time, I glanced at it, and then set it aside, […]



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