Career Day 2017: Build Your Network

Saturday, February 4, 2017 -
8:30am to 12:00pm
Parmer Hall Atrium

The SOIS Alumni Council invites current SOIS students and recent graduates to join us for the 20th Annual Career Day: Build Your Network.

This valuable half-day workshop will enable you to network, learn how to build your own network, hear from mentor professionals in the LIS field, and refine your career goals.

The morning begins with continental breakfast and registration at 8:30 a.m., to be followed by a keynote titled "Strategies for Networking Success: How and Why to Build a Professional Network" presented by Debbie Baaske, Member Engagement Manager and Joe Filapek, Consulting and Continuing Education Manager, Reaching Across Illinois Library Systems. You'll then have an opportunity to "speed network" with approximately 30 mentor professionals and Alumni Council members. We'll finish up by noon.

This event is free to attend, with registration required. We look forward to seeing you in February!

Presenter Bios

Debbie Baaske is the Member Engagement Manager  for Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). She creates opportunities for library staff to network by coordinating networking events. She also assists library staff in finding or creating and promoting new networking groups.  Debbie also spends a great deal of her time visiting member libraries and has visited over 300 RAILS member libraries. Before coming to RAILS, Debbie was a consultant for the North Suburban Library System.  Prior to that, Debbie worked for an automation vendor and an academic library.
Joe Filapek is the Consulting and Continuing Education Manager for Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS),  a multi-type regional library system that supports over 1,300 libraries across Illinois.  He received his MA in Library and Information Science from Dominican University and spent ten years working in various public library management positions before joining RAILS.  Joe was named an ALA Emerging Leader in 2013 and remains active within ALA serving on the committee for training, orientation and leadership development.  He is also a member of the Collective Wisdom LAM Conference Exchange project, exploring cross-sector practices within libraries, archives and museums.