Thursday, January 14, 2010

Marketing your Skills Event

If you have ever thought about working in a non-traditional library setting or wondered where your skill set can take you in the future, our panel of Information Professionals can help answer some of these questions!

Find out more about the different types of alternative careers and how your library and information science skills can be marketed for non-traditional position – or even in generating a new role within an organization.

Join us:
ROOM 728
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Get Advice. Ask Questions.
Think outside the box.

Panel speakers include:

Daniel Lee - Research Librarian for Navigator Ltd.
Since 2002, Daniel has worked as a Research Librarian for Navigator Ltd., a research-based communications and strategic counsel firm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining Navigator, Daniel was responsible for managing web-based content at CIPS, Canada's leading association for information technology professionals. Prior to CIPS, Daniel provided information services to the marketing and communications department of an e-learning company in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since moving to Toronto in 2001, Daniel has been actively involved in the Toronto Chapter of SLA, serving as President in 2008. He is currently serving as Director (2009 - 2012) on the SLA Board of Directors. Daniel graduated from Dalhousie University's MLIS program in 2001. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Heather Wilson - Research Specialist, InfoSolutions at Rotman
Heather Wilson is a research specialist with InfoSolutions, the fee-based research service of the Business Information Centre, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Before joining U of T in 2006, Heather was primarily responsible for IntelliSearch, the fee-based research department of the Toronto Public Library. Heather began her professional career in special libraries, managing the resource centre for Resource Integration Systems, Ltd., an environmental consulting firm specializing in recycling and waste management issues. Prior to receiving her MLS from the then Faculty of Library and Information Science at U of T, Heather worked at the Ontario Legislative Library, the former Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library and the Northern District, Runnymede and Wychwood branches of the former Toronto Public Library system. Heather has also been actually involved in the Special Libraries Association. She served as the Toronto Chapter President in 2000-2001 as well as the positions of director, secretary, and programming. She also managed the local information booth for the Special Libraries Association annual conference held in Toronto in 2005.

Rani Pooran - Manager, Knowledge Services, KPMG
After graduating from the Faculty of Information, Rani has primarily worked in the UK, US, and Canada with leadership in the accounting industry to operationalize knowledge strategy. She is presently employed as a Manager, Knowledge Services, at KPMG. Rani also focuses on diversity issues from both a societal and organizational perspective. In this capacity, she is participating in a Diversity Reciprocal Mentoring program at KPMG, has worked as a volunteer mentor with the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council and is past member of the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee. Most recently, Rani launched her Diversity Spotting blog focused and is part of the board for Canada on Campus. Rani belongs to the Rotman Women in Business Initiative and is a graduate of the Rotman Emerging Leaders Program. Rani holds a BA Hon. (University of Toronto), MSc., International & European Politics (Edinburgh University), and MISt. Information Studies (University of Toronto).

Ulla de Stricker - President, de Stricker Associates
Founder and President of de Stricker Associates, a consulting business which serves a variety of clients by addressing challenges in intellectual capital, corporate memory, business and scientific intelligence, library services, and communication. She is also an accomplished public speaker and writer, having penned Business Cases for Info Pros: Here's Why, Here's How (2008), and Is Consulting For You? A Primer for Information Professionals (2008).

Juanita Richardson - Business Development Consultant, Cedrom-SNI
Juanita is a Toronto-based Business Development Consultant for CEDROM-SNi – a leading Canadian information services and solutions provider – and is Principal of Richardson Jalakas & Associates – an information strategy company which she founded in 1998. Prior to starting her own business, Juanita worked on both sides of the information industry: she was the Manager of Licensing, Product Strategy and Client Services with Infomart Dialog and, before “crossing the street”, was the Manager of the Business Information Centre in the Toronto Office of Deloitte & Touche and previously held positions in the Research Departments of CIBC Wood Gundy and ScotiaMcLeod. Her past clients have included corporations interested in implementing knowledge initiatives as well as information service companies interested in new content and marketing opportunities. Juanita holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from McGill University as well as a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University. She has served on the Board of Directors of SLA and is also an active member of the Canadian Library Association, currently serving as President-Elect for CASLIS. She has spoken at various information industry conferences and has published articles in industry magazines.

Mari-Beth Slade - Risk Management Specialist, Deloitte
After earning an MLIS and MBA at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Mari-Beth moved to Toronto where she began her career in Financial Services, working as a research intern for consecutive summers at CIBC and RBC. From there Mari-Beth moved into the Professional Services sector with a role as Telecommunications Research Specialist at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Currently, she is employed in a non-traditional-library role at Deloitte. As Risk Management Specialist, Mari-Beth’s daily tasks include securities research, database management and dealing with independence issues to ensure Deloitte complies with regulatory standards. From 2007-2009, Mari-Beth was Advertising Manager for the SLA Business & Finance Division Bulletin and is currently volunteering outside the library community.

Kim Silk - Data Librarian, Martin Prosperity Institute
Kimberly Silk has over fifteen years of digital media experience and is actively engaged in the interactive media, library and education industries. She is currently the Data Librarian at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think-tank at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Between 2001 and 2009 her consultancy, BrightSail, served a variety of clients including corporate, academic, government and non-profit organizations. Kim has a particular passion for digital collections and online communities. As a librarian, she prides herself on understanding how to provide the right information to the right audience at the right time, with a focus on providing a positive and rewarding user experience. Kim’s corporate experience includes several years at Rogers Media, most recently as Director, Strategic Internet Development. There, she collaborated with the New Media and Publishing divisions to develop Internet ventures from concept to market. Prior to joining Rogers, she was Webmaster for Discovery Channel Canada, the first Canadian specialty channel to launch an interactive online component. Kim is actively involved in several professional associations; she is President of the Faculty of Information Alumni Association for 2009-2011, serves as Marketing Coordinator for the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services (CASLIS), and is an Alignment Ambassador for SLA. Kim earned her M.L.S. (Library Science) from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Waterloo.