Exploring Alternative Library Careers via Linkedin Groups

by Joy Rodriguez, former Head Editor, INALJ Delaware
previously published 8/1/13

Exploring Alternative Library Careers via Linkedin Groups

Joy Rodriguez1Joining groups on Linkedin is a great way to expand your professional network and keep track of the latest information in the LIS world. Several articles have been written on how to manage and network via LinkedIn groups. Joining groups can also be a great way for individuals with an LIS background to explore career areas outside the traditional library world. There are several Linkedin groups that focus on alternative careers for information professionals. Here are a few that you should consider joining (I’ve included a description from each group’s profile):

Association of Independent Information Professionals: “The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) is the premier industry association for information professionals working independently. The organization’s membership consists of more than 500 business owners from more than 25 countries.”

code4lib: “code4lib is an informal group of people interested in computer technology and library/information science that focuses on practical solutions to common and arcane problems of the domain.”

Culture and Museum Jobs: “Multidisciplinary group to help those who look for a place in the world of museums and general cultural institutions.”

Digital Asset Management: “The essential online meeting place for anyone who is involved in creating a digital media supply chain in their organization – for marketing, for media, for publishing, for everyone. Covering Media Asset Management, Digital Asset Management (DAM) for broadcast, publishing, brand, online, Content Management strategies, Web Content Management, semantic web, content delivery networks and more.”

Information, Knowledge and Content Management Specialists: “For people interested in the Information, Knowledge and Content space.”

LIS Career Options (a subgroup of American Library Association): “This is a forum devoted to exchanging information about LIS careers, both traditional and alternative, for LIS professionals, students, and those aspiring to a career working with information.”

And last, but most definitely not least:

INALJ – The I need a Library job Group: “A positive space online for information professionals, library staff and librarians looking for jobs to congregate and share tips and information.” http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4112382&trk=anet_ug_hm

Of course, these are just a few examples of Linkedin groups focusing on career alternatives for LIS professionals. I hope this list will encourage you to explore Linkedin further and find groups that fit your interests.

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