Library Operations – Workshop – Blog post 1b – due Saturday February 4th @ 11:59pm

Library Operations – Workshop – Blog post 1b – due Saturday February 4th @ 11:59pm

Complete ONE of the following options and ONE of the following tasks:

Option1 – Visit the Oshawa Public Library or Pickering Public Library website, or other public library where you have a membership AND can access  Log-in to  Browse the

business workshop options.  Select ONE of the workshops to view.  Watch the session that you selected.  Be sure to take notes about the information being presented.

Option2 – Attend a workshop at OLA SuperConference.

When you are finished watching the workshop or attending the OLA workshop, complete ONE of the following tasks:


  1. Use the format posted below to write a formal report that summarizes the information that you learned in the or OLA workshop.  Please cite the or OLA workshop at the end of your report.  Post your report on your blog.
  2. It is common for staff who attend workshops and other training to report back to their colleagues about what they learned. Use VennGage or other infographic authoring tool to create an infographic that summarizes the most relevant points from the workshop you watched or attended.  Post your infographic on your blog.

*Note:  Oshawa Public Library and Pickering Public Library do not charge residents of Durham a fee for a membership card.  Once you have a membership card, you can access

Report format: 

Report to: Sue Pratt, Instructor

From: Maddi Clark, LIT

Regarding: OLA workshop

Date: Feburary 4th 2017

Here is the report that you requested on January 18th, 2017.  It summarizes OLA workshop that I attended on Feburary 3rd 2017.

OLA Workshop / Session :

Focused, Flexible, Free-ranged: Becoming a 21 st century Library Technician


Library and Information Technicians (LIT) have a countless of career options available. To survive and thrive in our profession, we have to be lifelong learners, creative and tech-savvy. In the Session the speakers a recent graduate from the LIT program and a student final year of the LIT will discussed critical and important essential and transferable skills, networking and staying positive while job searching (Shannon (2017 ) .

My summary of the entire session:

What I learned about my session is do what you want to be. That when going into the program that there is myriad of career options available that you would not think existed or do not think you have the skills to do. That being aware of the choices and decisions you choose in life forms who you are and want to become. This session audience is specific for those who are going to be graduating, searching for placement opportunities and transferring into a new career. The speakers went over critical information of career options, mentor programs, employment services, accession skills, transferable skills, how to search jobs, how to prepare for an interview and business attire.  

Most relevant/most interesting points:

Accession Skills

In groups, we had to discuss what accession skills are, why they are important, and collaborate on what was missing from the list they had created. Some of them are critical for working in the library field such as :

  • Reading and Writing
  • Document and Computer use
  • Critical thinking
  • Oral and Written communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Customer service
  • Research and training
  • Developing partnerships in the community, collaborate with the community and partnerships
  • Money and management – numeric and calculations
  • Job task planning

Transferable Skills

The speakers did an overview of transferable skills and searching for jobs using specific keywords and the skills you already gain from experience whether its enjoy reader advisory or teaching a program for students to ride motorcycles. These skills are critical for being able to adapt and be flexible. In groups, we went over a document that broke down common LIT transferable skills and we had to fill in the blanks and give a reasoning behind the answer.


Social Networking

The speakers were keen on how important it is to social network especially since our field is very small and everyone knows everyone. What is the goals we want to achieve. They recommend going to libraries in your community, museum and archives, going to events such as OLA to meet people in the field that would have answers for your questions and advice they can give. Social Networking only takes two steps – Saying Hi and Asking the questions. It takes a lot of stress and anxiety to go up to someone and ask about themselves of their career, yet getting to speak to someone will give you a chance for them to introduce to more people and career options. Another great way is to use social media. To all tech savvys who use social media everyday its a great essential tool to get more involved in the community and job postings. I know on Twitter and Facebook there is groups to join in the conversation. This may be a issued for those who never and rarely use social media. We cannot be overwhelming or fear by technology since it is an essential skill to have.

Job Interviews

Since I am going to be newly graduate in the spring, I am going to be getting ready for the job search process.  The speakers told us it takes time and lots of patience. They recommended to go to career services, further education and employment services to give more information on how to have a good resume and cover letter, to get practice on how to answer questions, to research the library or business where you want the job, use the STARR (Situation or task, action you took, and the result) method. This is a great method to give an example to a situation you have been in and how you reacted/ dealt with it. Pace yourself when searching for a job, don’t expect to get the dream job you want. It takes time. If you do happen to get an interview, that is great! If you feel overwhelm thinking about the job interview, think of it as a business meeting you are attending. REMEMBER, they have your resume. They only know the one side. They want to see you under the pressure of if you can do it. They will ask questions and expect full answers, the ones that are emotional intelligence and why interested in the position. They will put you through exercises to see evidence that you can do it. The last important piece was having the interview outfit ready to go. When in a interview you want to wear clothing that is professional and that will bring out confidence. You want to wear a outfit that is more than their common business attire such as a blazer jacket, blouse, dress pants – NO jeans!  Its better to dress higher than dress less. 

Closing comments, thank-you, recommendations or reflection about online learning or attending workshops for Professional Development

My reflection for this session is that I was well-informed for a student who is going to be graduating in the spring. The speakers chose the topics to give a clear picture of the stage after I graduate and getting ready to jump in the job searching process. I like how they wanted us to reflect on our soft and hard skills, to get the groups to collaborate and shared their stories on accession skills, transferable skills and getting ready for the job interview. The only thing is that I think they should have been more clear in their outcomes for the session since some were ahead in their years and had really good jobs and thought this was about what is expected for 21st  library technicians and have a PowerPoint.
Work Cite
Shannon, B. and Sara, F. (2017). Focused, Flexible, Free-ranged: Becoming a 21 st century Library Technician,Retrieved from


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