Leadership and Management Division

LMD Webinar: Vendor-Library Work Transitions: Career Roles, Paths & Development Opportunities

By Elizabeth Trudell posted 11-19-2019 20:29


Great careers for librarians happen in libraries/information centers and in the organizations that provide services to them. Many librarians work in both settings during the course of their careers. This new LMD webinar explores the career paths and opportunities on the vendor side.

Vendor-Library Work Transitions: Career Roles, Paths and Development Opportunities

Date: January 14 at 10:00-11:00 am PST / 1:00-2:00 pm EST / 6:00-7:00 pm GMT 

Cost: Webinar attendance is FREE; a recording will be available to LMD members on the LMD website.

Registration: A link to the registration page is coming soon

Description: In this session, panelists who have worked in libraries and are now working in the vendor industry will share their insights and experiences on why and how they made such transitions. They will offer suggestions and recommendations about career development and how vendor work is vital and important in the library and information ecosystem. Attendees will learn about different vendor-work related opportunities and are encouraged to ask questions for discussion. 


Amanda DiFeterici:

In her current role as a solutions consultant with NovoEd, Amanda brings her experience with e-learning platforms to the corporate learning space for adults. Amanda formerly served as a product manager at Credo Reference, where she oversaw product development and customer success for multiple products that provide instruction and assessment of information literacy and related skills. She built Credo’s team of instructional designers, curriculum writers, and worked closely with libraries in higher ed to implement strategies to teach and assess skills in their curriculum. 

Before Credo, Amanda served as Library Director for South University where she spearheaded an initiative as part of the Quality Enhancement Plan for accreditation to standardize information literacy instruction across the general education curriculum at 14 SACS campuses. She holds an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and resides in Lexington SC with her spouse and 3 children.

Jill Konieczko:
As Elsevier’s Funding Solutions Marketing Manager, Jill Konieczko supports global promotions for Funding Institutional, Expert Lookup, and the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine®. Before joining Elsevier, Jill worked in training, sales and marketing for LexisNexis, Dialog, and ProQuest, and as a librarian at NASA Goddard, U.S. News & World Report, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Jill serves on the Board of Directors for the Special Libraries Association and holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University (BA, International Politics) and the University of Pittsburgh (Master of Library Science).

Michael Qiu:
Michael is currently the Director of Business Development & Library Relations for Atypon Systems. He is responsible for business development, marketing, and outreach for academic, corporate, government, and special libraries across the globe.

 Prior to Atypon, Michael was the Senior Global Library Relations Manager for ACS Publications where he was responsible for library outreach and engagement. Before joining ACS Publications, he was a Science and Engineering Librarian at the University of Southern California working with students, faculty, and researchers in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science. Michael received his MLIS from UCLA and a BS in Chemistry from Iowa State University.

Kalvin Van Gaasbeck:
Kalvin is a Collection Development Manager with GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO. He works with GOBI customers in the southwestern United States to achieve their library acquisitions goals by crafting specialized approval plans, training library staff, and helping libraries explore new acquisitions models.

Prior to GOBI, Kalvin worked at Santa Clara University as a paraprofessional in Technical Services covering invoicing, continuing resources, government documents, and managing student employees. He received his MLIS from San Jose State University and has a BA in Japanese Language from UC Berkeley.

Raymond Pun, Moderator:

Raymond is a librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education in California. He currently co-chairs the LMD’s professional development committee with Rebecca Jones.  

He previously served on SLA’s Nomination Committee, International Relations Task Force, and Student and New Professionals Advisory Council, as well as on the Business and Finance Division’s Executive Board.