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Spring Fling 2013: Emerging Career Paths
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Emerging Career Paths for Tech Savvy Librarians
Reality Check: Making the Transition from Student to Professional

This full-day workship is for new MLIS graduates, current MLIS students, and library professionals interested in learning about new opportunities. In Emerging Career Paths for Tech Savvy Librarians, Michele Lucero talks about emerging traditional and non-traditional jobs for MLIS holders, and Douglas Mullin and Sarah Stern discuss their experiences of working in digital assets management and information architecture respectively. Reality Check: Making the Transition from Student to Professional, a panel of newly-hired MLIS graduates share the educational and professional experiences that helped them gain employment in a fiercely competitive market.


The program took place Friday, March 29, 2013 and was offered in person at CSU Pomona and via webinar.

Access to a recording of the webinar may be purchased. Learn more

  • $35 non-members
  • $25 CLA members
  • $15 student members

Workshop attendees said:

"The variety was terrific as well as the inclusion of practical training advice."
"Unique career paths of morning speakers was illuminating."
"I liked the variety of speakers. They were all so well-prepared and had information that was very relevant."

About the presenters

Michele Lucero is the Director of Business Development & Client Services at LAC Group. She is based in the Los Angeles area and drives expansion efforts for LAC Group. Michele also works with the University of North Texas as coordinator for their MLS joint program with Cal State Northridge and teaches conflict resolution for Woodbury University's MOL program. She holds a B.S.B.A in Management and International Business from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, M.L.S. in Legal Informatics from the University of North Texas, M.B.A. in Strategic Management from the University of NorthTexas and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. She is completing her Masters of Dispute Resolution and Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University. Michele holds offices and serves on committees in many professional associations in the library, legal and education fields. She has more than 18 years of experience including prior positions in both the public and private sectors.

Douglas Mullin is Digital Assets Manager at Oakley, inc., in Foothill Ranch, Calif. (South Orange County). This role involves bringing together an understanding of people, processes, content and technology to solve organizational marketing asset and information challenges. Prior to working at Oakley he was Brand Asset Manager at Fiskars Brands, Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin. Douglas has been working in DAM for 15 years. He received his MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and an MA in History from the same. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, with a dual major in English Literature and History. He served two terms as President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), and was Chair of the SLA Professional Development Advisory Council.

Sarah Stern is an Experience Strategy Lead at DLab, DIRECTV's Digital Innovation Lab. She earned her MLIS from the UCLA Information Studies program, where she specialized in Informatics/Information Architecture. In her current position, as a member of the Experience Strategy Team, she helps drive early stage ideation for the customer experience and product development strategy across DIRECTV. She uses research methods like contextual inquiries and remote research to understand the customer experience across all touch-points of DIRECTV. She uses tools like personas, storyboards, wireframes, customer journeys, and service blueprints to distill research findings and product concepts into tangible opportunities for stakeholders. In previous positions at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online and AT&T/Yellowpages, she was an Information Architect, which means she asked lots of questions and collaborated with visuals designers, developers, content strategists, product, and project managers, to identify requirements, define concepts, navigation, content, functionality and interaction for multiple Disney and Yellowpages sites.

About the panelists

Young Lee is the Reference & Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of La Verne College of Law Library where his duties include reference, legal research instruction, emerging technologies, web development, and outreach. He is active professionally in several regional and national LIS organizations, where he's created and overseen workshops, panels, and unconferences—many of which focused on career and professional development.

Suzanna Conrad, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Cal Poly Pomona and Chair of CLA's Technology Interest Group, graduated from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in December 2011. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked in content management and business development for telecommunications and new media companies worldwide.

Mellanie Reeve, Electronic Resources Analyst at the City of Sierra Madre, graduated from SJSU in 2008. She worked in part-time positions at Sierra Madre Public Library and Cerritos College and recently was promoted to a full-time management position as Electronic Resources Analyst for the City of Sierra Madre’s website and document management system.

Casey Ann Mitchell, Metadata Librarian at Pepperdine University, recently was promoted from Acquisitions Supervisor at Pepperdine. Casey has worked in libraries for years including for institutions such as El Camino College, Pasadena Community College, Sierra Madre Public Library, among others. Casey is currently a student in the UNT/CSUN program and will graduate in Summer 2013.

Rebecca Kemp, Taxonomist at Guitar Center, has worked in public and special libraries across Southern California. She is active in many professional organizations and is presently on the board of the SLA-Taxonomy division.

Questions? Please email Suzanna Conrad, Chair, CLA Technology Interest Group or Susan Seifried, Chair, CLA Student Interest Group.

Terms and Conditions for the Live Event

  • Registration closes Tuesday, March 26, at 5:00pm PDT. Registration payments must be received at the CLA office by Tuesday, March 26, at 5:00pm PDT for your registration to be processed and the webinar password and information to be sent to you.
  • Refunds cannot be issued within three weeks of an event taking place.
  • All refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee.
  • Events costing $25 and under are not eligible for refunds.
  • Group rates: one person must register for the entire group and the login information will be sent to that person. If the person registering the group is a CLA member the group is entitled to the member rate. Group rates are intended for four or more individuals viewing the webinar together. The login information you use may only be used on one machine.
  • The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be made available to all registrants at a later date.
  • Your registration for a Spring Fling program constitutes permission to utilize photos taken of you at the event for news, promotion, and similar purposes.
  • Please contact the CLA Executive Director if you have questions.


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