Sunday, May 21, 2006

Blog Power: My Job Search

Since March of this year, right after my departure from McGill, I have been trying to secure a sense of direction--a sense of mission--for both my career as well as for The DIGITAL Archive. I have been thinking about both of them, and came to the conclusion that perhaps both could benefit from each other.

Therefore, I will endeavor to test the power of the blog.

I hereby make my intentions known to my readers: I am looking for employment. Yes, a full time library/archives/information center job. Sounds nuts, this approach. But, why not.

Here are my 3 main assets (a more detailed list can be read on my resume):
  1. I have a professional master's degree (MLIS)
  2. IT skills, with a focus on web design
  3. 5 years work experience in a large university library and archive
Furthermore, I worked on several cutting-edge projects in the realm of digitization and digital preservation (please see my resume).

I covered several important and emerging areas during my tenure such digital asset management, records management and digital content policies (please see my resume).

I increased the visibility of my department by creating an aesthetically-pleasing, engaging, and comprehensive web presence (please visit the website I designed and managed at McGill to gain a clearer picture).

In each case, I brought to my role and my areas of responsibility dedication and, in all honesty, I real sense of innovation, of thinking differently in the face of old problems and new challenges (please see my resume).

Bottom line is: I'm looking for an opportunity to contribute meaningfully and learn.

So is everyone else, right? Well, that's why I'm testing the power of the blog. I don't know how many readers I have. Maybe I only have one constant reader. According to my little ClustrMap widget down on the left column, I have visitors--potentially readers--from North America and across the globe. Maybe someone knows someone who knows someone who is, say, working in a college or university, and is looking to hire a qualified person with the skills I have.


This is an experiment. So let's give it a go.

Thanks for reading!


Jill Hurst-Wahl said...

Hi...tried to look at your resume, but got an error message. " Directly downloading images is not permitted on the Netfirms FREE plan. If you are the owner of this site, either ensure that this image is embedded in a web page, or upgrade to one of the Netfirms premium plans."

David Kemper said...

Hi Jill--Thanks for pointing this out to me. It looks like Netfirms (poor, poor Netfirms) has changed its policies...again.

Stay tuned!

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about the author

I am an information professional, researcher, and writer with over eight years experience in the information services field with experience in information and communication technology.

I have a B.A. in History and a Master's in Library and Information Studies and working on a Web and Multimedia Design certificate.

I believe that empowering people with information can enrich lives and transform the world.