The Future of the Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program
The Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program is a free, immersive, week-long, virtual experience targeted to first year LIS students and is designed to confront the challenge of recruiting diverse candidates for technical positions in libraries. Program objectives include raising awareness about career opportunities in technical librarianship, creating a welcoming and inclusive space where a diverse cohort can learn from each other, and imparting concrete strategies for learning technical skills. This presentation will report on assessment efforts, introduce our how-to guide for planning similar programs at other institutions, and offer ideas about potential future directions for the program.
Kevin BeswickAssociate Department Head, Digital Library Initiatives, NC State University Libraries
Kevin Beswick is the Associate Head of the Digital Library Initiatives department at NC State University Libraries. He leads a team that advances library services through applied research and application development. He also manages several technical projects including the QuickSearch bento-box search platform and the Suma space assessment toolkit.
Tori CullerLibraries Fellow, NC State University Libraries
Tori Culler is a Libraries Fellows at NC State University Libraries. As part of the Digital Libraries Initiatives department, she oversees the Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program and supports application development. She earned her Master’s of Science in Information with a concentration in Digital Curation from the University of Michigan.