Career Stories: Starting your own business
Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018
Time: 18:15 to 21:00 (GMT)
Venue: The British Library, Business & IP Centre, First Floor, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Fee: SLA members free
Non members £10.30
Have you considered setting up in business yourself? Or been simply curious to understand what it might be like perhaps to help you to rule it in or out in the future?
Three people with different situations will share their experiences with us. What was the trigger to make them set up business for themselves? Has it been a long-term goal? What have been the highlights of setting up in business? What learning points would they share with others?
We will need to leave the British Library at 7:50pm. Following this, you are invited to continue the discussion informally across the road upstairs O’Neill’s.
The talks will start promptly at 6:30pm as we need to leave the British Library by 7:50pm.
Our three speakers are:
Helen has run her own consultancy since 2007, working as a specialist in taxonomy, metadata, ontologies and enterprise search. She loves getting stuck into projects, and working with clients to figure out how best to use the messy content and data they have. She has worked for organisations including the BBC, gov.uk, Financial Times, Time Out, RIBA, Metropolitan Police, Pearson, Electronic Arts and the Press Association. She writes and speaks regularly, and is always good-humoured if anyone asks her if she stuffs animals for a living. She is also the programme chair of Taxonomy Bootcamp London, an annual event for everyone who works with taxonomies, ontologies and enterprise search.
Steve is a freelance consultant and writer specialising in intranets, collaboration, the digital workplace, knowledge management and other digital themes. He worked at global accountancy firm BDO for thirteen years in various knowledge and information roles including managing the global client extranet programme before founding his own company Two Hives in 2010.
He currently works independently as well as in partnership with other organisations including the Digital Workplace Group (DWG) and Step Two.
Steve is based in London and has an MSc in Information Science from City University.
Stéphane is the founder of community interest company InformAll, of which he has been executive director since early 2016. Through research, analysis and facilitation, InformAll promotes the relevance, importance and benefits of information literacy in the library world and beyond. He is the author of reports, articles and other material on the relevance and applicability of IL to a range of settings, particularly in the context of the workplace. He is a strong advocate for IL, and as such, brokers relationships between information professionals and other stakeholders, and facilitates joint projects. He previously spent 10 years at the Research Information Network (RIN), where he led on information literacy activities; there, he was also responsible for project management and policy formulation in the broad area of information as a input and output of the research process. He previously worked in a range of science and research policy roles at the Medical Research Council and Research Councils UK.
If you can’t make this event in person, or even if you can, SLA members can tune into this upcoming webinar on a similar topic, 22nd March, 19.30 GMT, 20.30 ECT Not Your Everyday Career Advice: Alternate Careers in the Library and Information Field