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SLA Georgia Connects With Agnes Scott Students

by Ernie Evangelista

On Tuesday, February 4, three SLA Georgia members braved Decatur traffic and rainy weather to talk about business research at a career program at Agnes Scott College planned by former Chapter President Casey Long. The hour-long session, attended by a few undergraduate students and several Agnes Scott Library staffers, featured Brian McGreevy, Nancy Snell and Ernie Evangelista. Brian is a former chapter president and Nancy and Ernie are the current President and President-Elect respectively.

The panel responded to questions sent in advance by Casey along with those from the audience. The panel reflected the diversity in backgrounds in today’s information professionals.

Ernie Evangelista applied his undergraduate degree in Economics to positions in investment management and retail operations in New York. He applied to graduate library science programs with the hopes of bringing more technology to the field. After two years as Reference Librarian at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, North Carolina, he left to become Research Librarian at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Since then, his role has changed a few times and he’s now Resource and Access Manager at the Bank and celebrates his 18th anniversary at the Bank in March.

While working as a staff writer and editor for several Atlanta publications, Brian McGreevy became interested in secondary research and earned an MLIS degree. After completing an internship at Deloitte & Touche, he joined SpencerStuart, a global executive search firm, as a Research Analyst. He’s now Global Knowledge Manager at Heidrick & Struggles, another executive search company, where he supervises researchers in India. Even in this position, Brian continues to follow his mantra to “make smart people smarter.”

All of the speakers emphasized the importance of identifying one’s career goals and then reaching out to tLike Brian, Nancy Snell’s background was in journalism. While doing market research in the commercial real estate industry, she became interested in organizing information. She continues to do that as a Senior Research Analyst at Kurt Salmon, a global management consultancy.

he organizations and professionals who can help to achieve them. Today’s online tools and social media outlets facilitate making such connections:

  • Follow thought leaders on Twitter;

  • Connect to potential mentors through LinkedIn;

  • Reach out to local experts through organizations such as SLA;

  • Network with as many people as you can at local professional events.

Despite the Great Recession, there are more job opportunities than ever for information professionals! But, as this career panel demonstrated, there is still tremendous value in old-fashioned networking and connecting with others in person. And because SLA provides the foundation and infrastructure for fostering these professional relationships, we hope that this added value will attract budding librarians and justify fees for current members.

Photos from the panel can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sla-ga/sets/72157640603578555/

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