The Library School Interest Group (LSIG) at the University of California, Irvine Libraries was formed over 10 years ago as an informal discussion and support group for library staff who have obtained an MLIS degree, are working toward the degree, or are contemplating getting one. It provides a way for these library employees to share experiences, ask questions, and learn about pathways to transition into the librarian profession. To show our support, we celebrate with each colleague after they earn their MLIS degree.
Over time LSIG has expanded its scope to provide a variety of skill building and career growth opportunities including:
• Presentations by experienced librarians who share information about their career paths and their areas of specialization
• In-person or online conversations with former UCI Libraries’ staff who have moved into professional librarian careers
• Group viewings of career development webinars
• Sessions offering practical tips for interviewing, resume/cover letter writing, and job hunting
As an informal peer group, the LSIG members decide what activities to sponsor and what topics to cover. Coordination and guidance is provided by a Human Resources librarian. LSIG benefits the UCI Libraries because it enhances employee engagement and morale, and it benefits individual staff by helping them attain their career goals.
Our poster will provide examples of LSIG programs, offer feedback from LSIG members on what they like about participating in the group, and describe the benefits of having such a group in any library organization.
Kathryn Kjaer– Head, Library Human Resources, University of California, Irvine, Libraries
Antoinette Avila– Library Assistant, UCI Libraries
Kelsey Brown– Library Assistant, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Sara Hrachovy– Library Assistant, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Natalie Marquez– Library Assistant, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Virginia Wakim– Library Assistant, University of California, Irvine Libraries