New workshop: Transferring Your Skills as a Librarian to Any Profession

For Immediate Release
Wed, 02/06/2019


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop in collaboration with the Music Library Association, Transferring Your Skills as a Librarian to Any Profession with Michelle Hahn. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

The skills you learn in library school are valuable in a huge variety of professional settings. These "transferable skills" are part of a library degree, but they make us desirable candidates for jobs in a variety of different fields. If you are wondering which skills transfer and how, this event is for you.

This workshop will bridge that gap between the skills we gained as undergraduates, the skills we develop as graduates, the observations we have made in our experiences, and the needs we encounter in our careers. Examples and guidance will center around music and music libraries but will be applicable to any type of library and may easily transfer to professionals in any field.

About the Instructor

Michelle Hahn is the Assistant Librarian and Sound Recordings Cataloger at the William & Gayle Cook Music Library at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she is responsible for the description, arrangement, maintenance, and management of audio and audiovisual collections. She also serves on behalf of the Cook Music Library as a collection manager for the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI). Michelle is a frequent conference speaker and has published articles in Directions in Music Catalogingand Music Reference Services Quarterly. Her professional involvements include appointments as the Newsletter Editor for the Music Library Association (MLA), Social Media Coordinator for the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG), Assistant Web Editor for the International Association of Music Libraries and Documentation Centres (IAML), and a member and primary editor of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Communication Board Pilot. She is also the incoming Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of MOUG, followed by Chair and Past Chair, respectively. Michelle supervises library science students interning in Sound Recordings Cataloging, co-teaches Cataloging, and is an instructor in a seminar in music librarianship at Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her Master of Library Science with a Music Librarianship Specialization from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Music (cum laude) in Music Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

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