Mark your calendars for the first ever WLA Virtual Conference on Tuesday, January 14, 2020! This all-day event will bring together library professionals from around Washington and the world to build connections and envision the future of libraries.
Community: Hack Library School Blog – A Well-Kept Secret: How to Become an International School Librarian
While originally published in October 2011, this Hack Library School blog post remains highly-relevant today. In it, the author shares their experience working for 3 years as an English Literature teacher at Gyeonggi Suwon International School in Suwon, South Korea. Topics include what is an international school, the hiring process, work benefits, and other topics. If you’re considering career opportunities, it might be worth it to widen your search horizons and think outside of the United States.
Are you a graduate student engaged in academic or professional work that you wish you could communicate to a broader audience? Interested in building your resume while learning how to tell compelling stories about meaningful topics? Curious about what you can do with a podcast?
If YES: the UW Libraries invites you to apply for Storytelling Fellows! This is an innovative, hands-on program designed to highlight the interests and accomplishments of UW graduate students, using digital-storytelling skills and technologies. This totally free, three-week online program will take approximately 10 accepted fellows through the start-to-finish process of envisioning and creating a podcast suitable for an online portfolio, professional presentation, or academic project.
Kelli’s third Hack Library School (HLS) post is now up! It is part of a series that focuses on navigating the workplace culture within the LIS field. This particular article provides useful advice on how to search for an internship. All of the suggestions, whether it be making a list of your own personal values (to see if they align), researching the organization online or through your social network, or considering the geographic and cultural environment (if the internship is not where you live) are also very applicable to a job search.
Kelli’s second Hack Library School (HLS) post is now up! Her advice, based upon her experience and the experience of her peers, has tips for both the initial planning stage and when you’re enrolled in the course. Some of the advice, such as “Form study groups and/or make friends with students who have already taken the course,” apply to other courses and life (with slight modification) as well. Making strong connections is a incredibly useful skill. Keep up the good work Kelli!