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Who’s Googling You? Leveraging Social Media for Your Job Search

I was lucky to be invited to speak to the Mississippi State University MBA Association monthly meeting last week. I prepared this talk on how to take advantage of the fact that recruiters and employers are “pre-screening” candidates online. Social media, handled smartly, is a powerful introduction to future employers. For those prepared few, it bring these Googlers onto a jobseeker’s home turf, and into an environment that can be arranged to strategically present industry expertise, a well-rounded personality, or anything else the jobseeker wants to highlight. Done well, it also demonstrates proficiency using these tools, now a critical skill in many markets.

Bury it or Scrub it? Facebook at Graduation

I’m giving a workshop for English Majors today who are looking for jobs, and I decided to throw in my new project…teaching graduating seniors how to clean up their Facebook profiles. Posting the slides for anyone that wants to see them.

MSU Libraries Emerging Technologies Summit

The MS Library 2.0 Summit is back! We’ve re-imagined it as the MSU Libraries Emerging Technologies Summit, and we are already starting to get great submissions for the Steal-This-Idea sessions. We are so excited to have Jason Griffey as the keynote this year!

This conference started in 2007 with Michael Stephens introducing about 100 folks from eight states in the region to new technologies that were poised to change the library world. Along the way, some have–and some have disappeared–but the culture of learning that took hold after his visit has changed the MSU Libraries. We had cutting (bleeding?) edge presentations that have echoed in the library community since (mind you, this in was 2007):

    A report from Southeastern Louisiana’s SMS virtual reference project (an early report from the pioneers of text messaging reference)
    A workshop on the impact of social media, and Facebook in particular, for marketing in academic libraries
    A panel on the challenges of institutionalizing 2.0 technologies in libraries

Enthusiastic about our work in the area and wanting more, we invited Sarah Houghton-Jan to come in 2008 to give us a big-picture for the state of 2.0 in the library world. Her timely keynote, Sustainable Web 2.0 Services for Small and Underfunded Libraries, came just as we were all beginning to feel the pinch of the economic downturn. Other sessions were perfectly timed for this Wild West period of 2.0 development in libraries, including:

    Managing Identity in Social Networks / Information Overload
    Using Google Analytics in Libraries
    How Viral Marketing Can Help Your Library

Though we weren’t able to host the Summit in 2009, it has given us time to reflect on what we would like to know about (and talk about) at this point–in particular issues around assessment, sustainability and the future of social media in a post-2.0 environment. Now that we are using these tools, doing this outreach, in a culture of learning and growing, what’s next?

As we’ve done in the past, we’ll be podcasting and archiving the Summit, but nothing beats actually being a part of the discussion. If you’ve got something you want to talk about, consider submitting a proposal.

Bringing Web 2.0 into Academic Libraries: A Grassroots Approach

Tomorrow June 30, 2009, I am conducting a webinar with Baylor E-Learning Librarian Ellen Hampton Filgo on how we have worked to bring 2.0 into our academic libraries–pitfalls and pratfalls included. Webjunction is hosting it, and we just finished our rehearsal. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Here’s the description:

When the goal is to be “where they are, when they need us,” what does that require at a university library in 2009? As students, staff and faculty move their lives online, university libraries must choose whether to move with them or get left behind. But where is the value in a university library when Google is the new ready reference desk and the libraries’ resources are increasingly digitized? How does a library remain relevant in a socially networked academic world? From their perspective as, respectively, virtual reference and e-learning librarians, Amanda Clay Powers (Mississippi State Univ. Libraries) and Ellen Hampton Filgo (Baylor Univ. Libraries) will discuss how libraries can readjust and move their most important resources online—their people. By using social networks and other web-based technologies, libraries can become a value-added member of their community— both online and in person. By using these new tools, librarians can once again hover by their reference stacks with an offer to help that’s just a click away.

Sound appealing? It’s free! Just register!

You can also find out more about it on the Facebook event page posted by Webjunction.

We will be taking questions, etc. and if you do come, let me know what you think. They event will be archived too, so you can go back and look at it if you miss it. You can even get a group together to review it and use their Wimba chat feature with each other…pretty cool.

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