The Sexiest (And Last?) Job Of The 21st Century | TechCrunch #careers #tech #datascientist

Data scientist, according to a 2012 Harvard Business Review article, is the sexiest job of the 21st century. Given that its authors are Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil, the declaration is hardly surprising. Nonetheless, the IT industry is besotted with the term, and is expecting huge shortages of skilled workers.

A less well-known paper, “The future of employment: how susceptible are jobs to computerization?,” was published less than a year later by two Oxford academics (data scientists, perhaps). The authors, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, examine 702 detailed occupations in the U.S. labor market and estimate that about 47 percent of total U.S. employment is at risk from computerization “over some unspecified number of years, perhaps a decade or two.” Nearly 100 occupations, covering a wide range of skills from manual to mental, showed a 95 percent or higher probability of computerization. READ MORE: The Sexiest (And Last?) Job Of The 21st Century | TechCrunch.

Emerging Roles and Possible Futures for Librarians and Information Professionals | Emerald Group Publishing

What professional roles do you play as a librarian/information professional? How have they changed during your career? And perhaps most important, how do you see them changing and evolving in the future?

These issues are discussed in an intriguing recent article in New Library World, “A systematic literature review informing library and information professionals’ emerging roles.” Evgenia Vassilakaki and Valentini Moniarou-Papaconstantinou, of the Library Science & Information Systems Department of TEI of Athens, Greece, uncovered their findings from peer-reviewed literature published between 2000 and 2014.

Although a variety of libraries were included, the authors state that “the majority of the literature focused on academic libraries.” All of the papers are in English, and “the majority of studies reported on research conducted in the United Kingdom and North America.”

Their findings have implications given the changes taking place in work, society and education, and how those changes affect our institutions. Six emerging roles were discovered, all of which would seem to be applicable within many types of libraries and information centres…READ MORE: Emerging roles and possible futures for librarians and information professionals | Emerald Group Publishing

62 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in May | Ellyssa Kroski |

Professional development opportunities are still in full swing this month with an incredible 62 Free Live Webinars going on in the area of libraries and librarianship. So don’t switch to a summer schedule yet!  Instead, look into attending some of these amazing sessions this month!!

SEE: 62 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in May | Ellyssa Kroski |

NISO publishes update to Metrics Data Dictionary for Libraries and Information Providers | Stephen’s Lighthouse

NISO publishes update to Metrics Data Dictionary for Libraries and Information Providers | Stephen’s Lighthouse.

26 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in August | Ellyssa Kroski –

26 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in August | Ellyssa Kroski –

Ellyssa’s always popular monthly post listing free webinars for librarians. Boopsie-Daisy, Easy-Peasy! One librarian’s experience with Boopsie mobile app development  and  Inclusive Library Programs for People with Intellectual Disabilities are must attend for me. Always a great range of topics!

Career Related Articles Useful to MIS/MLIS Students

On The Modern MLIS website there is the Resources page where I list a number of career-related information services links. I faced a number of challenges in my own job search including taking time off after finishing my MLIS and transitioning my career into a new direction. The easiest ways to ensure you have a job offer after graduating, or to at least increase your chances of being contacted for an interview, is to work in a library services role while you are completing your graduate education and to network by participating in library conferences. New graduates should anticipate their job search taking up to 6 months or even longer before finding employment.

How to Survive and Prevent a Bad Internship | Hack Library School
Many MLS/MLIS programs require, or at least strongly recommend, an internship or practicum before graduation. Internships are great ways to taste-test a type of librarianship, network, and get practical experience. The unfortunate reality is that we don’t always know what we’re walking into when we begin an internship. So, how do we survive or prevent a bad internship?

Congratulations! Now Get A Job. | Hack Library School
It’s time to get a job. In a discouraging economy. Of course, I saw this coming, but I kept my view hazy, even as I researched different career paths. So, now that reality has finally arrived, how does a freshly minted graduate go about finding her first LIS job?

You’re Interviewing them Too! Finding the Academic Library Job of Your Dreams | Backtalk  | LibraryJournal
This article shares a list of key considerations for academic library job-seekers.

The Simple Truth About Finding A Job | AOL Jobs
You’re looking for a job. Chances are it feels complicated, scary, overwhelming. My job-seeking clients have found the chart below comforting and helpful. It contains the essence of what you have to do.

How to be Awesome at Going to Library Conferences | PC Sweeney’s Blog
The author (a Branch Manager East Palo Alto Library in California) shares his experiences about what makes an awesome conference experience.

Big Idea: Post-Secondary Degrees with the Best Career Prospects | Avenue Calgary
There is a section discussing Information Specialists.

Top Ten (10) Social Media Competencies for Information Professionals | The Search Principle

Top Ten (10) Social Media Competencies for Information Professionals | The Search Principle

Pull Quote:

Top Ten (10) Social Media Competencies for Information Professionals (2013)

  1. Understand, explain and teach others about the principles and trends of social mediaweb 2.0 (and library 2.0 / archives 2.0)
  2. List major tools, categories and affordances of social media
  3. Apply social media to solve information problems, and communicate digitally with users
  4. Use social networking sites for promotional, reference and instructional services in libraries
  5. Navigate, evaluate and create content on social networking sites
  6. Follow netiquette, conform to ethical standards and interact appropriately with others online
  7. Explain copyright, security and privacy issues on social media to colleagues and user communities
  8. Understand the importance of digital identity and reputation management in a social media age
  9. Explain related terminology such as collaboration 2.0, remix and open source
  10. Renew social media competencies, advocate for institutional strategies and policiesand build evidence base in social media

10 things every new IT admin needs to know | TechRepublic

10 things every new IT admin needs to know | TechRepublic.

The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way – The Digital Shift

“Meet the latest tech superheroes: school librarians. According to School Library Journal’s 2012 School Technology Survey, media specialists are leading the charge to bring new media, mobile devices, social apps, and web-based technologies into our nation’s classrooms.”

via The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way – The Digital Shift.