|Photos by Krissa Corbett Cavouras © 2010.|
Graduates, library professionals, and master degree candidates filled the halls and classrooms at the School of Information and Library Science at the Pratt Institute, in lower Manhattan, on April 23, 2010, to attend the 2010 Skill Share Fair.
Presenters ranged from recent Pratt Institute graduates to multiple professionals who are members of the Special Library Association, New York Chapter.
Highlights included a resume workshop led by Tom Nielson of the Metropolitan New York Library Council and an introduction to federal librarianship and USAJobs.com by long time participant and presenter Carol Jacobson, Deputy Director of Information Science and Technology of DTIC. Other lectures discussed the process of digitalization and consortia and the role of librarianship in correctional facilities.
The talk of the evening, however, was the speed mentoring sessions, which were arranged by appointment by the SLA student members of Pratt. Attendees lined up one by one to meet with presenters in their areas of interest, while recruiters walked the floors meeting job seekers face to face and critiquing resumes.
Serving up the best ways to network and gain access to jobs in the field, the 15 minute speed meeting enlightened attendees to what is available in their particular areas of interest, as well as opened their eyes to new areas of librarianship.
"I loved the event. It provided everything a new graduate or job seeker would need," Keisha Manning, a recent graduate of the Palmer School of Library & Information Science said. "The most valuable information was validation that I am on the right track and that there are opportunities in the areas I am