Friday, June 15, 2012

Search Tips #14: Finding Jobs Means Finding Information

Having been the job market numerous times over the years, I am much practiced in interviewing.  Yes, there are skills needed for when you are in the interview.  But I would rather focus on when you are preparing for the interview.  Two things.  1 - pull up different lists of interview questions (they are easy to find on the web) and compile a list of possible questions that relate both to the job at hand and to task that the hiring manager has in hiring the right personality.  If you practice responses to the set you get, you will be better prepared to answer the questions, like, "If one word, please describe yourself."  These kinds of questions may be awkward but if you know yourself and are willing to share yourself, the interview will go much better.  2 - pull up as much info you can about the hiring company and its mission.  Go to the library and use its job bank and company databases to pull up recent articles about what that company is facing.  What are key topics in that industry or arena?  Be willing to answer questions based on at least some background on an institution that you may spend many years with.

Winning the Information Game

Even though we live when images dominate.  We also live in a time of lots of words - they stream, pop-up, interrupt and most of all excite.  Those that study media habits and who monitor use of media in our society talk about the scare resource today - attention.  We are not lacking in information but in which bits of news, findings, reports etc. that can catch our attention.   We do, personally, need a strategy.

When you hear something - step back and think.  Are they wrapped in a highly charged environment?  Are they accompanied by emotional outburst?  If so, what does that mean?  Don't react to the message immediately - allow yourself time.  Listen the words again.  Think about them.  Use discernment.

Monday, June 11, 2012

More Values of Libraries Assessment

Spring-boarding off the original ACRL Value of Academic Libraries report, two new studies focus on examples and ways that librarians can impact assessment of student learning objectives (SLOs).  The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment pulls in some interesting examples of how higher education institutions are saying about information literacy.  Some 59% now include information literacy as an institutional learning outcomes statement!  That is important.  So as separate or as part of critical thinking (which it really is), institutions realize that finding and learning work together and are essential skills in the 21st century.