LinkedIn provides a platform to share what makes your accomplishments and relevant skills unique, and the summary is the perfect place to showcase this from the start. Your LinkedIn summary introduces you to your entire LinkedIn community, including current and former colleagues, potential employers, family, and friends. Displayed on your profile under the “About” header, you can tailor your summary to your particular niche in the library and information sciences field.
The purpose of your LinkedIn summary is to:
- Demonstrate passion for your niche in the field of library and information sciences.
- Emphasize the unique value you bring to your role.
- Give your reader an idea of who you are as a professional.
“As a former senior tech recruiter, [LinkedIn] was sometimes the only way I was able to headhunt strong talent, it was also a way to understand interests of the candidates. Linkedin is a great branding piece that you can use to tie in to your [resume], CV, and other materials to really showcase your value proposition.”
– Andrea B., career expert at edX
Essentially, you are communicating your professional brand in your LinkedIn summary.
The format for your summary is flexible, so it’s up to you how you’d like to present yourself. Feel free to use first-person pronouns since you are writing your personal narrative, and consider including an invitation to connect at the end.
LinkedIn summary samples
Example 1 — Archival assistant
I’m a dedicated and passionate archival assistant with a solid foundation in library and information science. I am deeply committed to the preservation and organization of historical records and artifacts. Leveraging my keen attention to detail, I excel in cataloging, managing collections, and ensuring the long-term preservation of invaluable materials. For instance, check out a recent project [link to a specific project], which exemplifies my commitment to upholding best practices in archival management.
My collaborative spirit allows me to work effectively across functions, with archivists and researchers alike, to unlock stories of the past. I’m enthusiastic about making new connections with like-minded professionals and exploring potential avenues for meaningful collaboration. If you believe my qualifications align with your organization’s goals or if you wish to discuss collaborative opportunities, I welcome the opportunity to connect.
Example 2 — Digital resources manager
As a results-driven digital resources manager, my professional journey has always been fueled by a passion for technology. With a degree in communications and a background in library and information science, I have a proven track record of overseeing and optimizing digital collections. My specialization lies in implementing innovative solutions for metadata organization, database management, and user-friendly interfaces, resulting in an enhanced user experience. I thrive in collaboration — especially with cross-functional teams — and look forward to connecting with fellow professionals who share my passion for digital resource management and innovation.
Example 3 — Library director
I am a forward-thinking library director with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, offering a unique blend of leadership and innovation in the realm of library service. Over the course of my career, I’ve led dynamic teams, managed resource allocation, and developed innovative programs that cater to diverse communities. My passion for empowering patrons with knowledge and fostering an inclusive and vibrant learning environment has been at the core of my leadership. I’m dedicated to leveraging technology, curating diverse collections, and fostering community engagement to improve accessibility and build community.
What I bring to every organization:
- Visionary leadership and strategic planning
- Effective resource management and allocation
- Innovation and community-focused program development
- Commitment to technology-driven solutions
- A deep understanding of the evolving needs of today’s libraries
I am eager to connect and explore opportunities for collaboration and further advancements in the ever-changing landscape of library services.
Your LinkedIn summary is great for letting your professional brand shine and can kick-start many networking opportunities.
To get a better sense of LinkedIn best practices across all industries, visit our LinkedIn profile sample. For more in-depth information on similar topics, consult our Professional brand guide, LinkedIn profile guide, and Networking guide.
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