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5 CVs of Famous Fictional Characters

Getting a job can be tough, but what if you were a fictional character? How could you even imagine getting an imaginary job?, who help professionals find relevant courses to help develop more skills, have made a fun piece creating CVs for some of the fictional world’s greatest characters: Professor Trelawney, Jesse Pinkman and Gandalf to name a few.

See if you’d ever employ any of them by viewing their CVs here:

“5 CVs of Famous Fictional Characters

Anyone will tell you that after completing your course, the first significant step in finding a job is the creation of your CV. First impressions are crucial and this will be a potential employer’s first glimpse of who you are, ideally prompting them to offer you an interview.

Many of us at are fans of modern fiction, and this prompted us to wonder what the CVs of some of our favourite fictional characters might look like. Read on to see how many of them you recognise, and how good (or bad) their CVs are!



After a stressful 78 years of work, this elderly gentleman is not adjusting well to retirement. A recent immigrant to the land of Valinor, he is now looking for employment in his new home to keep himself from getting too bored.

As you can see, his work and education histories are fairly extensive, with various achievements as testament to his breadth of wisdom and strength of character. His references are also impressive, providing potential employers with two wise and reputable individuals.

Like most people, his CV is by no means perfect. While an interest in reading suggests a thirst for knowledge, he partakes in other activities & hobbies that are somewhat less savoury – this is something that could throw anyone reviewing him. However, his listed skills & talents are exceedingly rare, meaning that an employer may be willing to overlook his unusual interests in order to integrate someone with his uncommon skillset into their company.

Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow

This individual has recently found himself out of work and unable to remain self-employed after losing his primary means of generating income.

While he has over twenty years of experience in his field (making him a potentially great asset to the right company), it seems that years of being his own boss has made him somewhat belligerent and lacking in respect, judging by the personal statement. Many organisations might ignore his application based on his inappropriate tone of voice.

When writing your CV, you need to provide full disclosure if you have a criminal record. While this man has done that, his attempt to cover up his crimes by describing them as ‘endorsements’ is a rather poor charade that could irritate an employer. However, considering the industry in which he is looking for work, his record may be considered a positive by many. The same can be said for his hobbies, some of which suggest a personality a little too easily led by vice and depravity. While many organisations in his field might regard this as a bonus, it could still become a great source of anguish for a prospective company’s HR department.

Sybil Trelawney

Sybil Trelawney

A confident tone in your CV can be important: it can reassure employers and give the impression that you are ready for the role you’re applying for. However, this lady’s CV shows that you can have too much of a good thing. Her personal statement in particular could suggest insecurity hidden beneath a veneer of audacity; although considering her skillset, some employers might feel encouraged by this level of certainty. The same cannot be said for her references – one should always provide the names and contact details of two trustworthy individuals willing to testify for your value as an employee.

Her education and experience are more encouraging. Studying at an illustrious or impressive institution implies a high standard of training, and her many years teaching at the same place of work shows that she can hold down a long-term job. Her dalliance in writing adds another facet to her skillset that could help set her above competitors.

The strength of her skills is that, although not particularly varied, they explicitly specify her knowledge in each of the categories of her profession. This isn’t always necessary but can be effective if applied correctly.

Jesse Pinkman

Jesse Pinkman

The young man whose CV we’ll be studying next has an advanced education and great experience in one field but is looking to start again and make a career change. While the progression he made in his previous career implies drive and a willingness to work, his lack of professional experience outside of that could somewhat limit his options.

One problem is the vagueness of his personal statement – it suggests that he might have something to hide. The ambiguous mention of his past work may leave potential employers feeling like he might have difficulties working with other people. However, his past professional successes may lead them to overlook that slip-up.

The ‘Personality Traits’ section could be considered a little unnecessary – his reasons for including this section are likely a mystery to all but himself. Similarly, while it is good to include some hobbies and interests on your CV, this case study has a few too many, particularly considering what some of them are. The ‘Skills’ section is better put together, showcasing an aptitude for both academic and practical work.

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

This next CV is a particularly ambitious one, based on the job this man is applying for. The tone of his introduction is more casual than one might hope, and the points it makes are not especially salient or effective in showcasing why he would be the best man for the job. Nevertheless, his skills and previous experience demonstrate an open-minded and well-rounded individual, willing and able to turn his hand to a variety of different professions. His degree from the University of Alabama shows a good standard of education and both of his awards will help set him apart from the competition. His activities & hobbies are also commendable: they suggest that he is likely a health-conscious man (judging by his interest in sport and exercise) with a wholesome nature.

His references could be more comprehensive – generally speaking, one would expect to see more than one reference on a CV. However, the single reference that has been provided should be useful, being that of his old boss.”


Posted on: August 19, 2018, 6:52 am Category: Uncategorized

Does your public library’s brand/logo run the path from card to signage to digital presence? 9 Signs It’s Definitely Time for a New Visual Identity

Does your public library’s brand/logo run the path from card to signage to digital presence?

9 Signs It’s Definitely Time for a New Visual Identity

“Your visual identity is one of the most powerful ways to communicate your brand’s essence: who you are, what you do, and how you do it. That makes it one of the best tools to help you tell your brand story—if you do it well.

A good visual identity creates a good brand experience, which is crucial if you want people to connect to your brand. If your visual identity isn’t cohesive or doesn’t accurately represent your brand, you’re providing a less than stellar experience (at best) or degrading your brand overall (at worst).

Unfortunately, many brands assume that their visual identity is effective, simply because they have one. Not so. A good visual identity is flexible enough to grow with your brand and strong enough to build upon it. That said, not every brand needs to change for the sake of change. Not sure where you stand? We have a few tips to help you figure out if a new visual identity is what you need.”

“9 Ways to Know if You Need a New Visual Identity

It’s easy to slip into stagnancy if you’ve been doing the same thing, especially if your brand has been around for a while. But if any of these issues sound familiar, it might be time to talk to your team.

1) Your Logo Isn’t Flexible

2) Design Matters More Than Brand Experience

3) You’re Inconsistent

4) Your Packaging Is Outdated

5) You Look Like Your Competition

6) It Doesn’t Reflect Your Values

7) You Follow Too Many Design Trends

8) Your Brand Is Expanding

9) You Don’t Have a Brand Style Guide”


Posted on: August 18, 2018, 6:32 am Category: Uncategorized

Announcing Library 2.018: “Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World” – October 17

We’re excited to announce our third Library 2.018 mini-conference: “Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World,” which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 17th, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This event is being organized in partnership with Patty Wong, Director of Library Services at Santa Monica Public Library.

Our human condition has changed dramatically and has implications for libraries of all types on a global scale. Food insecurity and hunger, housing policies and homelessness, violence, mental health service needs, social, economic, educational and racial equity, substance abuse and drug overdose – all of these and many more challenges impact the people who frequent our libraries – as customers, students, faculty, and staff. Operational decisions continue to be influenced by social concerns. Join us for a series of conversations on how libraries have developed, responded, and championed programs and services to address some of these social crises and learn about outcomes. What’s the new normal for libraries in this world of social and economic disparity? Has it altered or enhanced our core mission?

This is a free event, being held online.
to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards. Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. The call for proposals is now open HERE.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2018 and #librarysocialcrisis on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.


Patty Wong
Director of Library Services for the Santa Monica Public Library (California)

Patricia Wong is the Director of Library Services for the Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) system in California. Previously, she served as the Yolo County Library Director for nine years. Before her tenure leading the nine locations of the Yolo County Library system, Wong was the Deputy Director of Library Services of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library. There, she managed the daily operations of the Central Library and its 12 branches. She has also held positions as Library Program Manager for Children’s Services in the Oakland Public Library and Supervising Librarian and Children’s Librarian for the Berkeley Public Library. Wong has co-authored nearly a dozen publications and has held many elected posts for national organizations such as the American Library Association, the United States Board on Books for Young People, and the Chinese American Librarians Association. She has also held a part-time faculty position at San Jose State University’s iSchool of Library and Information Science. In 2013, she received the California Library Association’s Member of the Year Award. Wong holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UC Berkeley.

Ryan Dowd
Executive Director of Hesed House

Ryan is the Executive Director of a large homeless shelter outside of Chicago, Illinois. ​He regularly travels the country training libraries, police departments, schools and other organizations on how to work compassionately with difficult homeless individuals. ​Ryan is the author of the ALA book, The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, is the Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York where for 20 years she has assisted 66 public libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities. Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (NaSBA), Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. Rebekkah is the Library Sustainability columnist for Library Journal, author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World [ALA Editions], Resilience (part of American Library Association’s Center for the Future Series) [ALA Editions], author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State and co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State. Rebekkah is co-founder of the New York Library Associaton’s Sustainability Initiative and in 2017-2018 Rebekkah served as co-chair of the ALA Special Task Force on Sustainability. Rebekkah is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and past president of the Leadership & Management Section (LAMS) of the New York Library Association.


The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

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Posted on: August 18, 2018, 6:21 am Category: Uncategorized

Toronto Public Library hits milestone with 20 million ebooks borrowed

Toronto Public Library hits milestone with 20 million ebooks borrowed

“Ebooks are making gains on physical books, making up 18 per cent of Toronto Public Library total circulation in 2017, along with audiobooks and other digital sources, says Maria Cipriano.”

“The Toronto Public Library has become the first library in the world to lend more than 20 million ebooks, the library announced this week.

“Our customers are very engaged with the digital book collection,” said Maria Cipriano, the library’s senior collections specialist responsible for ebooks. “As we find out any time it goes down, it becomes an emergency.”

The library, which announced the milestone Wednesday, started its first digital collection in 2007, which included books such as Astrology for Dummies, a book on Joan of Arc, and 17 travel guides.

By 2017, the collection included more than 170,000 titles, which were borrowed more than 4.6 million times that year alone.

Cipriano shared a list of the 20 most popular ebooks borrowed. The Girl on the Train comes in at No. 1, borrowed 19,156 times. Numbers two to five are The Goldfinch(borrowed 13,876 times), Gone Girl (borrowed 12,633 times), The Cuckoo’s Calling (borrowed 10,237 times), and You Are a Badass (borrowed 9,916 times).

“I see these trends … come and gone, but you know we have these enduring classics and modern classics that will go out forever,” Cipriano said. “Like the modern classic, The Goldfinch. It’s gone out a tremendous number of times, and any time I feature it on our landing page, it goes out again. Some of these books are going to be around for a long time.””




Posted on: August 17, 2018, 10:00 am Category: Uncategorized

HBR: The Surprising Power of Questions

The Surprising Power of Questions

The key to getting useful information is knowing how to ask and answer questions. This Harvard Business Review article explains how the effectiveness of questions and answers shapes the productivity of conversations. Explore HBS’s comprehensive leadership programs to gain the tools and insights you need to transform emerging and established executives into outstanding global leaders. Read more.Advertisement

Posted on: August 17, 2018, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized



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Posted on: August 17, 2018, 6:23 am Category: Uncategorized

12 Technology Categories That Will Transform Careers

12 Technology Categories That Will Transform Careers

‘As you read through the list, ask yourself how each one will play a key role in your industry and your personal career path.

1. Mobile Hardware, Software, and Interactive Services will continue to rapidly evolve, creating many new careers, as all phones become smartphones, wearable capabilities expand, and our primary computer and tablets continue to evolve as our laptop replacement. This new level of mobility will allow any size business to transform how it markets, sells, communicates, collaborates, educates, trains, and innovates. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) will become increasingly mobile, playing a major role in direct and indirect job creation.

2. Remote Visual Communications is rapidly evolving into a primary relationship-building tool for businesses of all sizes as employees use smartphones, tablets, and laptops, in combination with current enterprise-level video conferencing systems combined with mobile conferencing apps, to communicate at new levels with customers, partners, and employees.

3. Social Business Enterprise Management will continue to grow rapidly as organizations shift from an Information Age “informing” model to a Communication Age “communicating and engaging” model. New careers will emerge as Social Software for business rapidly grows with applications to enhance relationships, collaboration, networking, social validation, and more. Social Search will increasingly shape careers as marketers, researchers, and those on Wall Street create applications and services to tap into millions of daily tweets, Facebook conversations, and much more, providing real-time analysis of many key consumer metrics.

4. Cybersecurity and Forensics careers will grow rapidly as we become increasingly connected and dependent on computer systems and machines using intelligent sensors connected to just about everything. Careers in data and information forensics will grow rapidly as the need to solve cyber crimes increases.

5. Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) will create many new careers in manufacturing as this revolutionary technology allows any size company to manufacture quickly, locally, and with far fewer costs. Additive manufacturing builds things by depositing material, typically plastic or metal, layer by layer, until the final product is finished. Examples of final products today include jewelry, iPhone cases, shoes, car dashboards, parts for jet engines, prosthetic limbs, and much more.

6. Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and AI enhanced Simulations, coupled with the Gamification of Education, will create many new careers as corporations and educational institutions at all levels accelerate learning by using advanced simulations, VR, and skill-based learning systems that are self-diagnostic, interactive, game-like, and competitive, all focused on giving the user an immersive experience thanks to a photorealistic 3D interface.

7. Advanced Cloud Services and Virtualization will be increasingly embraced by businesses of all sizes, as this represents a major shift in how organizations obtain and maintain software, hardware, and computing capacity. IT is rapidly becoming an on-demand service that is rapidly transforming all business processes, resulting in a rapid evolution of current careers as well as creating new careers in every functional area.

8. Big Data and Real-Time Analytics describe the technologies and techniques used to capture and utilize the exponentially increasing streams of data with the goal of bringing enterprise-wide visibility and insights to make rapid critical decisions. This new level of data integration and analytics will require many new skills and cross-functional training in order to take advantage of new opportunities as well as break down the many data and organizational silos that still exist.

9. AI, Machine Learning, and Intelligent ePersonal Assistants (Chatbots) using natural language voice commands was launched with Apple’s Siri, which was rapidly followed by Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and others all offering what is rapidly evolving into a mobile electronic concierge on your phone, tablet, and television. The technology will rapidly evolve, and soon every profession from retailers to maintenance workers will have an Alexa-like assistant. Adding an epersonal assistant to support an existing product and/or service will create many new careers.

10. 3D Web will transform today’s Internet experience (which is like looking at a flat piece of paper with a few photos, embedded video, and a few hyperlinks) to a true 3D experience, similar to todays video games, where you can virtually walk into a showroom, look around, and both listen to and see the new car you are interested in, or whatever the website is trying to show you. This will employ many new graphic artists, designers, and programmers.

11. Connected Intelligent Sensors and Machines using chips, microsensors, and both wired and wireless networks will create a rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT), sharing real-time data, performing diagnostics, and making remote repairs. Many jobs will be created as we add intelligent connected sensors to bridges, roads, buildings, homes, and much more. In just a few years, there will be well over a billion machines talking to each other, and people will install them.

12. Advanced Robotics and Automation will take a giant leap forward thanks to networked sensors, artificial intelligence, and Amazon-like voice communications, taking the next level of repetitive jobs from humans. This will create many new career opportunities from design, programming, and installation to service and maintenance to name just a few.

You don’t have to know the physics of a telephone in order to use it. You do have to know it exists and how to creatively use it to accomplish your goal. Don’t wait until next year or the year after, or until you’re laid off. Invest the time to identify what you need to learn right away so that you will thrive both now and in the future, either in your current career or a new one.”


Posted on: August 16, 2018, 2:31 pm Category: Uncategorized