Monday, March 28, 2011

CLA-CASLIS Presents: A Panel Discussion on Alternative Careers in Information - April 13, 2011

Join CLA-CASLIS Toronto for the last event in our Learn Local Programming series on Wednesday, April 13th!

I’ve got my degree, now what? A panel discussion on Alternative Careers in Information

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While most Information Professionals (and soon-to-be info pros) know about the types of work available in “traditional” library settings, many are not aware of just how broad the range of opportunities for work really is. Whether you’re a new (or soon to be) graduate, an established professional looking for a career change, or simply curious about what some of your colleagues are getting unto outside traditional libraries, join CLA-CASLIS Toronto and a panel of engaging information professionals who are pushing the definition of “librarian” – and loving every second of it.

Featured Panelists:

  • Cathy Lindsey-King graduated with her Masters degree in Information Studies from U of T in 2001. She has worked for close to 3 decades in a number of database & information related positions, including transportation statistics, fuel tax reporting, and as the Information Officer for a corporate special library. For the past 16 years, Cathy has worked at Sound Ideas, the world's leading publisher of sound effects for the professional broadcast, feature film & multimedia industries. Her responsibilities include corporate communication, production coordination, controlled vocabulary development, and Web site design, maintenance & beta testing. Most recently, she has worked on several projects to create and populate search metadata within digital audio files. She credits her Information Studies education with providing the skills to effectively research, organize and share information in a business environment that demands a high level of digital literacy.

  • Kimberly Silk has over fifteen years of digital media experience and is actively engaged in the interactive media, library and education industries. She is currently the Data Librarian at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think-tank at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Between 2001 and 2009 her consultancy, BrightSail, served a variety of clients including corporate, academic, government and non-profit organizations.

  • Jennifer Stein graduated with an M.I.St. from the Faculty of Information Studies in 2000 and has not set foot in a library (in a professional capacity) since. However, for the past 11 years, Jennifer has worked with digital information in various roles related to the ever-evolving product and its predecessors. Jennifer is currently the Product Manager, B2B, at Postmedia Digital, in which capacity she is responsible for bridging the gap between customer needs and the FPinfomart suite of products and services. This role requires her to apply her background in information studies to a very wide variety of non-traditional information tasks including product development and design, technical writing, social media participation and monitoring, sales support, training, and public speaking.

  • Erica Sum is currently a Research Officer with the University of Toronto’s Division of Advancement. Prospect Research for advancement or fundraising is a relatively new field that involves a highly specific knowledge base regarding securities, business resources, media monitoring and marketing but also draws on the traditional research and reference skills of a librarian.

Date: April 13th

Location: Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, 140 St. George St. – Room 728

Time: Registration at 5:30 p.m. Discussion will start promptly at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Cost: $20/members, $30/non-members, $10/students, unwaged, or retired persons. Special to CLA student members – CLA student members can attend programs for free! Registration is still required for dinner accommodations.

Deadline for registration or refunds: April 8

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