Career Building in a Down Economy with Rachel Singer Gordon

NOTE: This program has been canceled. We will try to re-schedule it during the fall.

Join us for our 2009-2010 year-end program with Rachel Singer Gordon! This program is free and sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.

Career Building in a Down Economy with Rachel Singer Gordon

What: We’re all frustrated and stressed by the current economic climate and its impact on libraries — whether we’re worried about downsizing or closings, finding even more ways to do more with less, or dealing with constant uncertainty. We need to find ways to counter our initial reaction to stress, which is usually to hunker down and wait for the storm to pass. The down economy requires, now more than ever, that we find ways to proactively keep ourselves professionally active and work to prove our relevance. As we’re bombarded with increasingly worse news about everything from library budgets to the library job market, we need to focus on what we can do to keep ourselves moving forward professionally in a down economy. While our associations and professional literature focus on what we can do to help our libraries and our patrons through tough economic times, we don’t always give enough attention to how we can weather the storm ourselves. Career Building in a Down Economy addresses:

  • The ways in which the current economic climate affects us professionally
  • How to control our own reactions and combat frustration
  • How to deal proactively with current events
  • How to ready ourselves for whatever might come
  • How to refocus on our own careers and work to build or gain the skills we need to move forward and remain relevant in tough economic times

Librarians and library staff will find new ways to re-frame their perspective and explore their alternatives

Who: Rachel Singer Gordon is webmaster of, the largest library career site and job database, and is a consulting editor at Information Today Inc., Books Division. She is the former Head of Computer Services at the Franklin Park Public Library, IL, and is currently a freelance writer, editor, and presenter who speaks widely on topics from alternative careers to writing for publication to generational issues. Rachel has authored eight books for librarians and information professionals, most recently, What’s the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros (ITI, 2008), Information Tomorrow: Reflections on the Future of Public and Academic Libraries (ITI, 2007), and The NextGen Librarian’s Survival Guide (ITI, 2006). Among her other professional activities, Rachel is the “On the Brink” columnist for Emerald’s Library Link; she was also the “Computer Media” columnist at Library Journal from 2002-2008 and coauthored “Tech Tips for Every Librarian” in Computers in Libraries magazine from 2006-2008.

When: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 from 9:00am-12:00pm (9am Breakfast and Networking, 9:30am-12pm Program)

Where: NSLS Auditorium, 200 W. Dundee Rd. Wheeling, IL 60090 [map and directions]

Cost: Free – sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning

Register online now!

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