Promoting Yourself

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Getting Your Work Noticed By Your Employer

  • Be a self-starter. Offer new ideas backed by research to your supervisor or management team.
  • Follow through with your ideas when approved.
  • Be willing to work on your supervisors's ideas.
  • Submit all the thank you cards that your library clients give you to your supervisor.
  • Write well. Give your supervisor concise, readable reports that make important points without extraneous information.

Getting Your Work Noticed by the Profession

  • Attend local professional meetings regularly.
  • Volunteer to work on committees locally and nationally. Respond positively to the pleas for help that come by email or in library publications.
  • Help with presentations at conferences. You can start by being an assistant who collect evaluation forms or does other small jobs. Talk with the presenterators and hosts.
  • When attending presentations, ask good questions. Be willing to talk to others after presentations end.
  • Network with librarians who share your interests. They will help you share your work with others.

Promoting Your Blog and Getting Noticed Online

  • Don't just be a blog author, be a blog participant. Be sure you regularly join the conversation on other blogs and carefully monitor the conversation on yours.
  • There are more blog readers/commenters than there are bloggers...think about that for a bit. If you aren't comfortable authoring a blog on a regular basis, it is okay to read and leave comments. Especially if you can tie other thoughts into your comments.
  • Submit your blog to blog lists, such as
    • Blog Without a Library Blog Wiki
    • Libdex's Library Weblogs
    • LISFeeds
    • DMOZ's Open Directory Project Library and Information Science Weblogs.