Helping students connect with the professional community

Tonight the Canadian Library Association McGill Student Chapter will hold the kick-off event for its brand new Professional Partnering Program. Here’s how the program works: at the end of the summer, students interested in the program filled out applications including such information as the types of library that interest them most, and these students were matched up with local professional librarians who volunteered to be part of the program. Tonight, the students will meet their partners for the first time at a casual event, complete with food and suggested icebreaker activities.

As External Liaison Officer of the CLASC, I will be helping out with the event, but I’m even more excited to meet my partner, an academic librarian here in Montreal. I just hope I don’t overwhelm him with all my questions!

What will happen after tonight? As explained on the CLASC’s Professional Partnering page:

Partners are encouraged to determine what types of activities work best for them. Suggestions include:

* a tour of the workplace
* job shadowing
* regular e-mail correspondence
* informal chats on the phone or over coffee
* c.v. and job-seeking advice
* career planning sessions
* introductions to professionals at conferences, lectures, or meetings

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