Info Pros Friday Night At the Museum – 3/22 6pm @OaklandMuseumCA @sfcarts

The Information Professionals Social Club will meet-up at the Oakland Museum of California / Off the Grid’s “Friday Nights @ OMCA” night market for a fun filled evening of food trucks, beer, music, and good-times. Museum tickets are half-price (5pm-9pm) if you want to go in and enjoy.

Friday Nights @ OMCA, food trucks, people & good times

Join the Informaion Professionals Social Club for a night of food trucks, beer, and good times at Friday Nights @ OMCA!

We’ll meet up at 6pm at the corner of 10th/Oak (just one block from BART), then enjoy some food truck goodness!

What: IPSC meetup
Where: Friday Nights @ OMCA (corner of 10th/Oak, Oakland, CA)
When: 6pm, Friday March 22, 2013
Why: Good times!

Please RSVP & submit any questions on Facebook or by email (stephanie.roach@lislady.com) to Stephanie Roach.

For more information about Friday Nights @ OMCA: http://www.museumca.org/event/friday-nights-omca-6

For more information about Off the Grid and their weekly markets schedule: http://offthegridsf.com/

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Info Pros Post Thanksgiving meet-up in Oakland, 11/30

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Hey everyone! The Information Professionals Social Club is having a post-Thanksgiving dinner at Barney’s Gourmet Burgers on College Ave in Oakland, 7:30pm November 30th, and we want to see you there. Tell us what you’re thankful for over all natural Niman Ranch beef burgers, or one of several amazing vegetarian dishes for our non-meat eating friends. To join us and meet other Bay Area information professionals and students, please RSVP on Facebook or to either Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady. We hope to see you there!

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WhereBarney’s Gourmet Burgers, 5817 College Ave, Oakland
When: Friday November 30, 2012 @ 7:30p
Why: Because we like you!

IPSC’s mission is to promote networking between information professionals of all walks, this includes seasoned professionals, new graduates, and students. Our informal meet-ups are designed to stimulate conversation, share employment experiences and educational advice, and above all make new friends. Like us on Facebook.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Info Pros meet-up in San Francisco 10/28 2pm at Radish

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Howdy all!

We would be honored if you would join the Information Professionals Social Club for a lovely mid-day meal at Radish, Sunday October 28th, 2012 at 2pm. Located in San Francisco’s hip Mission district, Radish “features an eclectic American menu with high quality, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients” infused with a Southern flavor. Yum! We can’t wait, and we hope you’ll be there to help us enjoy all this wonderful restaurant has to offer. Please RSVP on Facebook or to either Cyndi Varady or Stephanie Roach. See you there!

What: Information Professionals Social Club October Meet-up
Where: Radish 3465 19th St. San Francisco, CA 94110 415.834.5441
When: Sunday, October 28th, 2012 2pm

IPSC’s mission is to promote networking between information professionals of all walks, this includes seasoned professionals, new graduates,and students. Our informal meet-ups are designed to stimulate conversation, share employment experiences and educational advice, and above all make new friends. Like us on Facebook

Stephanie Roach & Cyndi Varady

Co-founders
Information Professionals Social Club

Join the Info Pros Social Club for dinner in Oakland, CA 9/24 6pm #SpiceMonkey

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The Information Professionals Social Club will be visiting Spice Monkey for dinner Monday September 24, 2012 at 6pm, and you are invited to join us. Featuring global fusion cuisine, Spice Monkey is a “spice house that combines several world flavors and seasonings to create unique mouth watering dishes.” To join us and meet other Bay Area information professionals and students, please RSVP on our Facebook event page or to either Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady. We hope to see you there!

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What? Information Professionals Social Club Meet-Up
Where? Spice Monkey / 1628 Webster Street @ 17th / Oakland, CA 94612
When? Monday 9/24/2012 6pm
Why? Fun!

IPSC’s mission is to promote networking between information professionals of all walks, this includes seasoned professionals, new graduates, and students. Our informal meet-ups are designed to stimulate conversation, share employment experiences and educational advice, and above all make new friends. Like us on Facebook

 

New Venue! Info Pros meet-up at Cafe Flore in San Francisco, 8/28 6pm #eatdrinkbenerdy

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You are invited to join the Information Professionals Social Club  at Cafe Flore for their August meet-up. Cafe Flore is on several “Best of” San Francisco lists. Indulge in the Tuesday night cocktail special (2 for 1 Margaritas), delicious grub, and always upbeat atmosphere. IPSC will provide stimulating conversation about the information professional world. Use this opportunity to meet well seasoned, new, and aspiring information professionals and catch up with old friends, all the while enjoying tasty food and splendid drinks at this all ages cafe.

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What: IPSC August Meet-up
Where: Cafe Flore* /
2298 Market Street
San Francisco
, CA USA 94114 /
(415) 621-8579
When: Tuesday, Aug. 28th @ 6pm

Please RSVP to event organizers Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady, or on the IPSC Facebook event page .

IPSC’s mission is to promote networking between information professionals of all walks, this includes seasoned professionals, new graduates, and students. Our informal meet-ups are designed to stimulate conversation, share employment experiences and educational advice, and above all make new friends.

*Please note this post was updated to reflect a change in venue for the event, originally scheduled for 21st Amendment Brewery, which was unable to accommodate our group.

Bay Area info pros meet-up (Oakland, CA) #librarians #ipsc

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Information Professionals Social Club July 2012 Meet-up

Conga Lounge, Oakland, CA

You are invited to come join the Information Professionals Social Club for our July meet-up at one of Oakland’s best Tiki Bars. Just blocks from Rockridge BART, we’ll send off co-founder Cyndi Varady to Canada in style with Mai Tais. The event officially starts at 6pm, but feel free to come early and enjoy the Conga Lounge‘s happy hour from 5-7. Invite your library, museum, archive and other information professional friends and colleagues to join us there!

What? IPSC Meet-up
Where? Conga Lounge; 5422 College Avenue; Oakland, CA
When? Tuesday, July 24th 6pm

RSVP to either Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady or on Facebook. Hope to see you there!

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Info Pros May meet-up, FIVE Bar, Berkeley CA, 5pm, 5/26

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Come join the Information Professionals Social Club for our May meet-up at FIVE, in Berkeley. A Modern American Bistro & Bar, FIVE features a stylishly reinvented menu of familiar favorites. Please RSVP either to Stephanie RoachCyndi Varady, or on the Facebook event page, so we’ll know how many will join us.

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What? IPSC May Meet-Up
When? 5pm Saturday 5/26
Where? FIVE; Hotel Shattuck Plaza; 2086 Allston WayBerkeley, CA 94704
The IPSC’s mission is to promote networking between information professionals of all walks, this includes seasoned professionals, new graduates, and students. Our informal meet-ups are designed to stimulate conversation, share employment experiences and educational advice, and above all make new friends.

IPSC lunch meet-up: Noon 3/25 @ Buffalo Bill’s in Hayward – Join us!

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You are invited to join the Information Professionals Social Club for our March meet-up. We will meet at noon, on Sunday March 25, 2012 for lunch at Buffalo Bill’s in Hayward.

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Join the Information Professionals Social Club at Buffalo Bill's Sunday March 25, 2012 at noon!

Buffalo Bill’s helped launch the microbrewery renaissance in the early 80’s, with the introduction of Buffalo Beer and other recipes. Their goal is to create and serve “homemade, hearty libations with character and integrity.” The restaurant features gourmet grill selections and pizza.

Come out and join us! Please RSVP on our Facebook event page or via email to Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady.

IPSC’s mission is to promote networking between information professionals of all walks, this includes seasoned professionals, new graduates, and students. Our informal meet-ups are designed to stimulate conversation, share employment experiences and educational advice, and above all make new friends.

How I Got My New Library Job – Part 1: Becoming Self-Aware

New Year, New Job

Hard to believe I am two weeks in to my new job as an information professional, and its only January 15th. I have entered a new phase of my life. I have a job in my chosen field and am working full-time in an academic library, which is right where I want to be.

I started as Technical Services Librarian at John F. Kennedy University‘s Robert M. Fisher Library January 4th, 2012. It has been amazing… I am learning new things, in my element, and looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that come my way. That said, I have had a number of job seeking librarians, LIS students and paraprofessionals ask me how I did it.

While I wasn’t on my game every instant, and occasionally I let the job search get to me (who wouldn’t in today’s job market?), ultimately, my strategy paid off. I found a library job that suited me within the timeline I set for myself. Additionally, my efforts at social networking ended up providing me with contacts for support and further professional development.

How I Got My New Library Job

So how did I do it? I used a holistic approach. I wanted to understand not only the job market and the jobs I was applying for, but I also wanted to understand myself, what I wanted, as well as my strengths and weaknesses.

A False Start and a Reality Check

However, I should back up a little. At first I launched right in to the job hunt. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a plan or even a system in place to organize the search. Needless to say this approach didn’t work… And deep down, I knew it wasn’t going to. So, I decided to get serious.

Facing the reality of searching for a job during a time when state and local budgets have been cut and many libraries, archives and other organizations hiring information professionals have experienced hiring freezes, reduced hours, and other service cuts as a result, is daunting. I knew that I needed to get serious in order to find a job that I would really like. Honestly, I didn’t know that I would even have that luxury. I knew that the job market was so tough that I might not be able to pick and choose. But I hoped that I would be able to. I thought, maybe if I really focus, and work my tail off to get my name out there through social networking, refining my online presence and essentially develop a professional brand for myself, I just might be able to get what I wanted out of my first professional position as an information professional.

I started reading and thinking. I checked out online resources through my alma mater, SJSU School of Library and Information Science, I visited professional association websites and followed job resource listings on blogs and social networking sites. I read How to Stay Afloat in the Academic Library Job Pool edited by Teresa Y. Neely (which I recommend). Basically, I informed myself about how to look for a job. Not only did this process give me a much needed wake-up call, but it invigorated me. It gave me tools to formulate a plan and ultimately, to experience job seeking success.

It also made me realize that I would have to identify just what “job seeking success” would look like for me. So, in addition to my ongoing efforts to learn about the job market and job search strategies, I started to look inward.

Using Self-Awareness as a Job Search Tool

I began by thinking about the basics of my life. What needs did I have to meet in order to be happy and healthy. Food, shelter, health insurance, time with my husband, time to develop professionally through writing and leadership, etc. What did I want my life to look like down the line, say in five years, or ten years. After identifying what I wanted, I was better able to determine the kind of job I wanted. I mapped out an ideal scenario for myself, and set a deadline for getting a first professional position that met these criteria. I gave myself a year to get a job in a Bay Area academic library working in technical services (using my academic emphasis at SJSU SLIS) or reference (using my many years of customer service experience from the retail world). This wasn’t an arbitrary time frame. I chose something that worked for me based on finances. I also knew that after just a few months I would have to work part-time during my search in order to make ends meet.

Next, I began to evaluate myself professionally. I identified my strengths and weaknesses so I would be able to play up my strengths, and develop areas I perceived as weaknesses. The end results of this process of self-evaluation turned out to be a huge asset during my job search. I understood myself better, and in the end it became easier to identify jobs that were a good match for me. This meant that I could more easily show the search committee what I could bring to the job during the application and interview process.

In order for this to work, of course, I had to be honest with myself. And, I had to be optimistically willing to try new things. I found it was easy to “play up to my strengths”–I already enjoyed fine tuning my web presence, working on my website and finding relevant blogs to read through my Twitter feed. I could spend all day on those things. It was harder for me to reach out to information professionals in person. So, I decided to make a concerted effort to do just that. I contacted temp agencies and went on a couple of interviews. I collaborated with colleague Cyndi Varady of Dueling Librarians and co-founded the Information Professionals Social Club. I scheduled lunches with colleagues from school and reached out to some of my instructors from SJSU SLIS. All of a sudden, even though I was unemployed, I was legitimately busy.

I had heard it said before, but it wasn’t until I was in this position that I realized looking for work is a full time job. Applying for jobs, social networking, and professional development is a handful to juggle. Yet, I found myself happier as a result of keeping busy, feeling productive, and having the support of those in my growing professional network. I attribute much of this to my efforts to understand not only the job market, but myself.

Then, just when I finally had a handle on submitting applications, having professional lunches, keeping up on LIS topics via the blogosphere, and organizing the IPSC, I got a temp job. Game changer. This gave me more reason to prioritize and work at managing my time effectively. In Part 2 of How I Got My New Library Job I will talk about how facing this challenge changed my approach for the better.

IPSC Invites SF Bay Area Info. Pros to join our Nov. 20th Meet-up at Toast in Oakland CA – 4pm

You are invited to join the Information Professionals Social Club for a meet-up before this season’s holiday madness begins. We will gather at Toast Wine Lounge in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood on Sunday, November 20th at 4pm. Quality and sustainability are the key ingredients on Toast’s menu, while the wine-list features small production vintners. Please RSVP on our Facebook event page or to either Cyndi Varady or Stephanie Roach. Hope to see you there.

Happy Holidays!

Cyndi Varady and Stephanie Roach
Information Professionals Social Club Co-Founders

Toast Wine Lounge
5900 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618