I was particularly interested in this event because it promised to show exactly how information professionals can manage their social media well. I was not disappointed.

This post will outline the homework set for us on the night and how I completed it. It is my hope, in writing a post dedicated to the homework set for us on the night, that you who read it also realise these are steps you can take to better your online presence. My next blog post will include all the hot tips I learned on the night.

Our Teachers for the night were:

  • Jenny Cameron, Librarian Consultant & Trainer – Crafting your online profile: Why you need to manage your own online presence.
  • Kim Tairi, Associate Director, Information Management, Swinburne University – How to get a Black Belt in networking
  • Raelene Campbell, Career Consultant | Career:Take2 – Understand the role that LinkedIn plays in career management, transition and how to complete your profile for your purpose.

Jenny was kind and set only one task:

  • Use relevant keywords in your blog or website – allowing people to find YOU quickly

Kim asked that we:

  • Finish a self audit
  • Write a LinkedIn bio for where you are now
  • Write a LinkedIn bio for where you want to be
  • Be AWESOME like a UNICORN

Raelene also set some homework, she asked that we:

  • Explore the advance search option on LinkedIn to research a company and job position
  • Write a LinkedIn bio, no more than 200 words
  • That we include main keywords in the headline
  • Customise our public profile URL to be relevant to YOU

Jenny’s homework:

  • Use relevant keywords in your blog or website – allowing people to find YOU quickly

I have a LinkedIn account, blog and website. I have decided I need a name (which can be used as a keyword) specific to me that I can use across all three [misskokothelibrarian]. I have also decided to litter each page with keywords about my career aspirations and passions: Librarian, Archaeologist, Writer, Time traveller, Shaman, Piano, Metal music, Steampunk and 1920’s fashion, Historical fiction, Roman history.

Kim’s homework:

  • Finish a self audit

I wrote a list of things I currently do, what I want to do and organised myself so that I can get to where I want to be quicker.

  • Write a LinkedIn bio for where you are now

Studying a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management). I have experience in graphic and print design, photography and basic web design accumulated over six years in employed positions.

Currently volunteering at Melbourne Museum, the Old Melbourne Goal and Croydon Public Library.

Interested in digitisation and how the process can be used to preserve our history and help disseminate the information.

  • Write a LinkedIn bio for where you want to be

At some point in my working career I want to do more than curator, organise and preserve  the information of the world, I want to go out and find more treasures for us to write about! To do this I will need to move to England, participate in an archaeology dig and find some ancient (or futurist) treasure that will blow the worlds collective mind.

  • Be AWESOME like a UNICORN

I choose to be awesome like me 😉

Raelene’s homework:

  • Explore the advance search option on LinkedIn to research a company and job position

I wanted to know what sort of job positions are out there for Digitisation, Preservation and Collections Management, and in what companies people had these types of jobs. I used Digitisation, Preservation and Collections Management as my keywords and selected search 3rd connections and groups. Out of the pages of results I received there were seven that really interested me. This search reaffirmed for me that Information professionals really can work across any industry.

Job positions:

  • Coordinator of Collection Management & Storage
  • Collection Informatics Manager
  • Manager of a Preservation & Digitisation Program
  • Library, Information and Records Professional
  • Cataloguer  in a Digitisation Project
  • Assistant Director of Preservation
  • Library Support Officer

Companies:

  • University of Melbourne
  • Australian Museum
  • AIATSIS The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Department of Health (WA Health)
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • National Archives of Australia
  • EBL
  • Write a LinkedIn bio, no more than 200 words
I am studying a Bachelor Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) at Curtin University. Our world history and how we preserve our cultural information for future generations, are topic’s that are very important to me. In my own time I look at free MOOC’s like Coursera and FutureLearn for anything related to archaeology. Upon completion of my degree I am hoping to combine my passions of history, archaeology and digitisation to contribute to making more historical information accessible to everyone.
  • That we include main keywords in the headline

I have changed my LinkedIn headline to: Librarian, Information Professional, Facilitator, Researcher, Shelver. However, this still does not seem quite right, any suggestions?

  • Customise our public profile URL to be relevant to YOU

I have removed all the numbers on my URL and changed it to: au.linkedin.com/in/misskokothelibrarian

Till next time!
DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome)

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