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Exploring the Wide Array of Information-Related Professions: The Unifying Thread of Information Behavior

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This event is brought to you by the University of Maryland College of Information Studies 

Date: October 21, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. PT / 5:30 p.m. CT / 6:30 p.m. ET

We will explore a sampling of career areas and specific jobs that graduates of Information Science / Library & Information Science programs are well-positioned to pursue, particularly focusing on the ways in which information behavior often pervades the roles and responsibilities associated with these positions. In this context information behavior is an umbrella term used to refer to people's information needs and the activities in which they engage-or not-in order to find, assess, manage, and make use of information.

We will begin our session together with a high-level view of 7 different career areas: Cybersecurity/information security; Data analytics/data science; Information technology; Librarianship/Content development, organization, and preservation; Social media; Software development; and User Experience and some of the many job titles that fit within each of these areas. We'll then take a deep dive into 10 of these job titles: (1) Cyber Defense Technologist; (2) Data Scientist; (3) Derivatives Analyst; (4) Technical Writer; (5) Web Designer/Web Developer; (6) Digital Curation Specialist; (7) Young Adult Librarian; (8) Social Media Strategist; (9) Software Design Analyst; and (10) User Experience Specialist.

As we take an in-depth look at each of these jobs, we'll look at the roles and responsibilities that are commonly associated with the position; the qualifications that employers tend to look for in applicants; and the central ways in which information behavior relates to these roles and the ability of information professionals to excel in their jobs and to optimize the positive impacts they can make on their customers, patrons, users, clients, managers, co-workers, etc.

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Meet the Speaker

Beth St. Jean,
Associate Professor,
University of Maryland College of Information Studies

I teach in the University of Maryland iSchool's undergraduate (BSIS), MLIS, and PhD programs. Most of my classes focus on people's information needs and information behaviors, particularly within the context of health. My research focuses on health justice -- more specifically, the various types of information-related factors that contribute to, and that can be harnessed to address and prevent, health disparities.
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