METRO & ACRL/NY Present: Demystifying the Working Life of a New Academic Librarian – What to Expect in the First Days, Weeks, Months & Years -Thursday, June 6

So you’ve accepted the offer. Now what? What is it like “when the feet hit the ground” for a new academic librarian? Are there some experiences that are common to many institutional contexts, and how do expectations differ between specific libraries and types of institutions? As a follow-up to the February 2013 event, “Demystifying the Hiring Process,” which looked at the hiring process from the perspective of academic library search committees, this event will provide concrete information about what a new academic librarian might expect from his/her working life during the first days, weeks, months, and years on the job from a panel of new and early-career librarians.

The New Librarians Discussion Group (NLDG) of ACRL/NY is a forum in which new librarians (and future librarians) come together with questions and concerns about the profession and share experiences and ideas with one another. The Academic Librarian Mentoring Project, an ACRL/NY initiative, is both a formal mentoring program and a nexus of information, collaboration, outreach, and professional development for new librarians, library school students, and experienced librarians alike. This event is open to any interested party. Light refreshments will be served.

Who should attend:
Early-career librarians, library school students, mid-career librarians interested in the experiences of early-career librarians in multiple contexts, individuals interested in learning more about the ACRL/NY New Librarians Discussion Group, and the ACRL/NY Mentoring Program.

By the end of this program, participants will:

Gain general insight regarding the experiences of new hires and early-career academic librarians, as well as an understanding of how practices vary among different institutional contexts

Learn about the common and not-so-common expectations, challenges, and surprises that crop up during the early stages of an academic library career

Have an opportunity to learn directly from panelists and attendees who have reached and passed early milestones in the course of their tenure at a given institution.

Time & Place:

Thursday, June 6, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m

METRO Training Center (4th floor), 57 E. 11th Street New York, NY 10003 United States

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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