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Event Recap: Speed Networking Saves Time and Makes Mingling Fun

Event Recap: Speed Networking Saves Time and Makes Mingling Fun

By Angela Titone

How else, in such a short time span of a few hours, could I find out: someone in DC/SLA had finished another novel, several were recently engaged, and yet another librarian was an electronics fitness gadget expert? I suppose I could have reached out on Linkedin or Facebook, but it wouldn’t have been as much fun as the Speed Networking event hosted by DC/SLA Employment & Career Resources Committee on April 29. I found out a little from each about their personal and professional lives.

The rainy weather stopped a few from coming, but the Mad Hatter was the perfect location to gather quirky, fun loving librarians. It was a mix of folks — both new and experienced librarians. Name tags sure helped when the brain did not.

The evening started off with a half hour of casual socializing, plus tasty snacks and drinks. We had our own room, so it made conversation easy. Next was an opportunity to try a “speed-dating” format — each conversation lasted about 5 minutes before moving to the next person. It was different than the “speed mentoring” events I had been to where you gave advice — the conversation went both ways here.

Librarians have such fun things to talk about: One librarian had managed a career from library to library in different states to follow her military spouse around. Another was working on a taxonomy for ships. I learned SLA Vancouver is the place for good sushi. I even had time to talk to a coworker (one I see about everyday) about our ideas for an archive project we’ve wanted to do.

The night was about old and new friends: catching up, brainstorming ideas and socializing. Afterwards the speed networking, we had time to slow down and mingle more. The evening moved too quickly.

It is hard enough to keep up with our profession and other librarians. Thanks to Laura Choyce and her team for making it so easy. Sign me up for the next event.

Don’t want to wait until the time? Check out the DC/SLA Mentoring Program. There’s always an opportunity to network.
Angela Titone works at the Consumer Electronics Association in the CEA Library / www.CE.org

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