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September 25, 2003

Perception v. Reality

I'm happy to say that the meeting of library professionals went really well. I got there a bit late, but I did end up staying for two hours. In addition to drinks, we sat down to eat tapas, so we had something to do besides talk. People were really supportive and encouraging - just plain nice. They would introduce me to other people, and I would make the effort to introduce myself and ask them about their libraries and what their work entailed. I even recognized one person, someone who had come to two of my classes up in NY to do a database presentation.

So now I have a few business cards and I'm to send one woman my resume. Now I really have to get going on that process!

Right before I left, I went to say goodbye to one of the first librarians I met, who had been really lovely about talking with me and introducing me to others. I ended up listening in on her conversation with two academic librarians. As we were winding up, one of the academic librarians and I started chatting. She knows someone at the school where I want to apply and gave me her card. She also invited me out to a more casual outing of younger librarians who are just starting out or are new to the city, which will be really great. Basically they just get together to drink beer, make each other's acquaintance and give each other the skinny on what things are like - networking but more laidback. So I have that to look forward to in a few weeks.

Yours, &c., LC | 09:17 AM | Librariana | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

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Yay!! Congrats on your bravery! And congrats on your leads!!

Posted by: zeebah at September 25, 2003 01:44 PM

This sounds like a perfect evening out. These kinds of events aways push my motivation, and I love, love business cards. Network stuff is just a good thing to keep up. Good luck to you!

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at September 30, 2003 04:29 AM