PCI Webinar with Rachael Altman
Using Curiosity and Transferable Skills To Guide Your Career Path
Competency: Professional Development
Sub-Category: Plans for and supports career development opportunities
The librarian, or information professional, skill set is highly transferable and applicable in the rapidly changing information job market. There are many opportunities within corporations, law firms, museums, and universities that allow librarians to utilize their skills in non-traditional “library” careers (i.e. outside of academic, public, and school libraries). Any company that deals with information has a need for information professionals (whether they realize it or not), and every company deals with information.
The short of it is that librarians hold the necessary skills and knowledge to transition between public libraries and academia to the corporate or legal sector. Learn how your transferable skills, traits, and knowledge are valuable outside of the world of libraries – and how the greatest strategy for career success may be using what is already known.
Attendees will learn how to:
• Recognize the core skills of an information professional
• Market and highlight the information professional skill set
• Acknowledge the variety of ‘librarian’ job titles and descriptions
• Perform a skills audit
Rachael Altman ~ Biography
Rachael Altman has worked in a variety of libraries and library-related roles throughout her career. She is currently a Market Intelligence Analyst at Sidley Austin, LLP, where she researches clients and markets to support business development initiatives. Rachael previously worked at Grant Thornton International Ltd as a Research Analyst in Risk Management & Independence and in academia as a Librarian at Alabama State University and Rockford University.
She graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies with a MS in Library and Information Science and attended Bradley University where she earned a BA in English and Creative Writing and an MA in English with a focus on writing theory. Rachael practices Ashtanga Yoga, is a certified yoga instructor, and teaches classes at Yoga Now in Chicago. She is also Past-President of the Illinois Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.