Since reading Vassiliki Veros' interesting post on librarian stereotypes, I've been thinking about some of the 'typical' traits of people who work in the library and information industry. One of these is shyness. In Myers-Briggs terms, librarians are INFJs- the 'I' standing for 'introvert'.
I'm the first to admit, it doesn't come naturally to me to put myself forward, or actively promote myself. But usually when I do, I'm rewarded- with a new job, with interesting conversations, or with opportunities to swap ideas. And with practice, it feels more natural.
This is why I'm so excited to be helping to organise this month's ALIA Sydney event Taking the Next Step - Transition and Networking in LIS. It's a chance to hear some inspiring stories about changing careers from LIS luminaries in our profession - Dr Alex Byrne, Dr Suzana Sukovic, snail, and Alyson Dalby.
Then there's a perfect opportunity for us shy and not-so-shy folks to take the next step, meet some new people and build our networks. There are still places available, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll then be asked to complete a short online survey about your interests, which will make it easier for you to find others who are interested in similar areas.
Don't forget to bring your business cards, to swap details with your new network, and to enter the draw for a fabulous prize pack. If you're like me and don't have a work business card, make your own. There are free templates to use with various software or Google Docs, or a few I've put together as a starting point which you can edit in Word. Or start your own - the standard size in Australia is 90mm x 55mm - try using a striking image (free public domain images), and print on thick paper (eg 350 gsm).
Be creative, have fun, try not to spend too long! I look forward to meeting you on Thursday.