This Thursday! Building Skills to Get Unstuck

“Building Skills to Get Unstuck” with Rachel Singer Gordon

What: As we’re bombarded with increasingly worse news about everything from library budgets to the library job market, we tend to get “stuck” and not know which way to turn with our careers. These sticking points often occur at career transitions like trying to land that first job, when figuring out how to get promoted or move up, when wanting to strike out on our own, when seeking the courage to tackle something new. In a down economy, we need to focus on what we can do to keep ourselves moving forward professionally, building the skills we need to get ourselves unstuck. This program covers:

  • How to manage our careers in a time of economic crisis
  • How to assess where we are — and determine where we want to be
  • Building the skills we need to move forward and remain relevant in tough economic times

Librarians and library staff will find new ways to reframe 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: October 14, 2010 – 9:30am-Noon (9am Breakfast and Networking, 9:30am-12pm Program)

Where: Des Plaines Public Library, Meeting Room A [map and directions]

Cost: Free – sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning

Registration: Please complete the registration form at

Any questions? Please contact Christina Tropea at

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