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LIS careers talk

Presentation given to LIS students at Charles Sturt University on where information management skills can take you. Mostly personal reflections and advice based on my own path

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LIS careers talk

  1. 1. Where can your information management skills take you? Sarah Jones Digital Curation Centre sarah.jones@glasgow.ac.uk Twitter: @sjDCC LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  2. 2. What is Digital Curation Centre? a centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management and open science www.dcc.ac.uk Training | Events | Tools | Advocacy | Consultancy | Guidance | Publications | ProjectsLIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  3. 3. Who am I? • Undergraduate in German and History • Training as an archivist after using collections • Focused on digital preservation skills as advised this was biggest gap • Worked on many projects – AHDS data centre, Jisc MRD programme, Research Data Alliance • Progressed up through organisation to Associate Director • Reviewer, co-chair and ‘expert’ on several groups • I am not a Doctor or Professor or other special learned title • From a seaside town – why I love beach and sunshine here :o) LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  4. 4. Many branches to explore • Traditional paths – libraries, IT, cultural heritage • New RDM roles – e-Research, data stewards, data librarians, digital preservation • Research-adjacent roles – data analysis, research software engineer, lab manager • Transferable skills – data journalism/reportage, education, ethics, business analyst, design, UX, … LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  5. 5. What skills are needed in RDM? Image Guille Alvarez https://unsplash.com/photos/P11Z-nILhCs
  6. 6. Data skills landscape LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019 Research community Support community Knowledge of research discipline Knowledge of data management and curation Data scientist Research Software Engineer e-Research Data librarian Digital preservation Data steward
  7. 7. CODATA/RDA Data Science Schools Curriculum covering: • Open Science & RDM • Ethical use of data • Data analysis • Data visualisation • Machine learning • Computational infrastructure http://www.codata.org/working-groups/ research-data-science-summer-schools LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  8. 8. 8LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019 Data science school curriculum
  9. 9. 9LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019 Data stewardship school curriculum
  10. 10. The carpentries Library carpentry Software and data skills for people working in library- and information- related roles, covering • Intro to data • The UNIX shell • OpenRefine • Introduction to Git https://librarycarpentry.org Digital preservation carpentry Pioneered by AusPreserves and trialled at IDCC19 in Melbourne LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  11. 11. Common LIS skills to foster • Service mentality • Understanding of end user • Strong organisational acumen • Communications and outreach • Partnership / collaboration • Liaison / mediation / brokering • …. LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  12. 12. Tip 1: Get to know yourself Image John Sting https://unsplash.com/photos/-e2ZyADyXdw
  13. 13. Try before you buy! Volunteer placements and visits can be a great way to understand where you are best placed • What type of work activity most appeals to you (and why) • Why type of organisation (and why) • What type of organisational structure (and why) • What type of organisational culture (and why) LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  14. 14. Types of work • Do you like to interact with people? • Do you like to focus on one activity for an extended time? • How many different things do you like in parallel? • Do you like to travel / work internationally? • Should the work be technical, hands-on, strategic… LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  15. 15. Type of organisation • Public, private or third sector e.g. voluntary orgs • Innovative, start-up, SME • Non-profit, social enterprise • Higher education or other field • User-facing service or back office • Office-based or home worker • …. LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  16. 16. Organisational structure / culture • Style of working – office-based, 9-5, remote, flexible • Organisational structure – top-down hierarchical, matrix… • Tolerance of change – innovative  slow burn • Career development – mentoring, CPD, time to do this… • Ethics of organisation – priorities and mission LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  17. 17. Tip 2: Pick a job that makes you happy Image Mi Pham https://unsplash.com/photos/FtZL0r4DZYk
  18. 18. Work is a big part of your life • One third of your life is spent at work • Average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime • Have to enjoy it! I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour But heaven knows I'm miserable now I was looking for a job and then I found a job And heaven knows I'm miserable now The Smiths
  19. 19. Get a work life balance! LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019 HeadsUp, State of workplace health in Australia One in five male and 7 per cent of female employees worked 50 hours or more per week in 2015. Only seven of the 35 countries analysed were worse. And despite our laid-back image, we are also in the bottom third of nations for the time we devote to leisure and personal care. Australians lagging behind OECD countries in work/life balance https://www.couriermail.com.au
  20. 20. Have good team dynamics LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  21. 21. Be open to new experiences Image Ian Schneider https://unsplash.com/photos/TamMbr4okv4
  22. 22. Imposter syndrome http://www.dcc.ac.uk/blog/equality-at-idcc LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  23. 23. Stop self-limiting behaviours LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019 https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/never-say-i-am-not-technical-again.html
  24. 24. Take a punt! LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019 Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.
  25. 25. Get a mentor LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019 www.outforaustralia.org/mentoring-program www.sciencegenderequity.org.au/the-athena-swan-accreditation-framework
  26. 26. Change your perception… LIS student webinar, Charles Sturt Uni, 22 Aug 2019
  27. 27. Aussie data community

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