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Career Stories 2019 – Working internationally.
March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Continuing our popular Career Stories series, SLA Europe is delighted to bring you Career Stories: Working internationally.
If you are attending in person please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/career-stories-working-internationally-tickets-54448904138
Webinar attendees book here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7897532933257085441
Have you considered working overseas or to work more closely with international colleagues? Or keen to understand what it might be like perhaps to help you to rule it in or out in the future?
Four people with complementary situations will each share their experiences with us. What have been the highlights of working internationally? What learning points would they share with others?
- Victoria North, Director of Knowledge Services, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York
- Hal Kirkwood, Bodleian Business Librarian, Said Business School, University of Oxford; SLA President 2019
- Marydee Ojala, Editor-in-Chief, Online Searcher, Indianapolis
- Ceri Hughes, Director of UK Learning, KPMG, London
- Please meet in the networking area of the Business & IP Centre on the first floor of the British Library. We will then move to the adjoining Orange Room.
- Refreshments including soft drinks, wine and sandwiches will be served during the evening.
The talks will start promptly at 6:15pm as we need to leave the British Library by 7:50pm. Following this, you are invited to continue the discussion informally across the road upstairs at O’Neill’s
Speaker bio’s below:
Hal Kirkwood is the Bodleian Business Librarian in the Sainsbury Library in the Said Business School at the University of Oxford since April of 2018. Prior to this he was a Business Information Specialist in the Parrish Library of Management & Economics in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University for 20+ years. Hal holds a Masters in Library & Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Hal has presented at numerous national & international conferences, as well as authored over a dozen articles in a variety of publications. He is the currently the President of the Special Libraries Association for 2019.
Ceri Hughes is a Director at KPMG in the UK. She is Head of Learning at the firm, and has responsibility for all technical and non-technical learning (including leadership, professional and business skills), coaching, mentoring, knowledge management, research and competitive intelligence. Ceri joined KPMG in 2000, previously she was Global Head of Information and Records Management at an international telecommunications company.
Ceri is a Chartered Manager, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and the Information and Records Society. She mentors female entrepreneurs in emerging markets as an accredited mentor of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Ceri has recently taken up a role as an Independent Advisor at the National Assembly of Wales Commission.
Victoria North is a British citizen who has spent most of her adult life living and working in London. She trained as a librarian and has had a number of management roles in law and accountancy firms. She came to work for the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in January 2017 in the role of Director of Knowledge Services. She had worked in the Firm’s London office for the previous five years. Victoria had often thought about the possibility of working overseas but there never seemed to be any suitable opportunities. When she was offered what was a newly created role in Kirkland, it did not take her long to decide to accept. Having worked for a US firm for a number of years she was already familiar with some of the cultural differences between the US and the UK, however there was still plenty to become acclimatized to when she and her husband arrived in New York. Being an active member of SLA has helped her to feel more settled in her new home. Through the Association she was fortunate to already have a number of professional contacts in the city and she has made many more over the last couple of years thanks to this amazing network of librarians and information professionals.
Marydee Ojala is Editor-in-Chief of Online Searcher and writes its Dollar Sign column on business research. She contributes feature articles and news stories to many information and library related publications. She delights in following the antics of the information industry and is a frequent speaker at U.S. and international conferences. Her professional career began at BankAmerica Corporation, San Francisco, where she directed a worldwide program of research and information services. She established her independent information research business in 1987. She is active in SLA, AIIP (Association of Independent Information Professionals), and IOLUG (Indiana Online Users Group). Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University and she earned her MLS at the University of Pittsburgh.