An excellent blog post from Sally Gore at the UMass Medical Library about the hope (and need) for librarians to branch out into new areas. I really appreciate her points about expanding CE classes and melding our skills with those of biomedical science programs. Her ideas about thinking outside the box to reach new areas and expanding our knowledge-base are much appreciated. I too hope that librarians become more excited about (rather than shy away from) these opportunities and push themselves to reach out into new areas, broaden their skill set, and spread the word to others in the field.

A Librarian by Any Other Name

Last fall, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences here at the University of Massachusetts Medical School hired, for the first time, an Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development. Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, has been on the job since September, working hard towards her charge of establishing an overall program for career planning for the doctoral students at our university. Dr. Fuhrmann comes to us from the University of California, San Francisco, a school that has proved to be a leader in the area of academic career development.

Why, you might ask, do students in such a specialized field need help deciding on a career? Haven’t they already done that? Isn’t that why they’re here pursuing graduate studies? The answer seems to be both yes and no. Many students do enter graduate school with some idea of the direction that their career will take. Most probably believe that they’re…

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