NLDG Aims, and Mentoring

Hi!  I am the new facilitator for the New Librarians Discussion Group (NLDG).  I’d like to thank Carrie Eastman for getting the group started last year with the first meeting.  I’ve made a list of what the NLDG hopes to do.

The aims of the NLDG are:

  • To create a forum in which new librarians (and future librarians) can ask questions and express concerns about the profession;
  • To share experiences and ideas with one another;
  • To come and hear host speakers talk about their own experiences in all areas of library science;
  • To facilitate an informal mentoring program, if attendees express an interest.

The idea of mentoring is something that was presented at the executive committee meeting last Friday.  No one is sure what form it should take, and there was a lot of discussion about it.  My take is simple: informal and friendly.  I think it would be good if those new to the profession to meet and talk to seasoned professionals.  However, before anything is decided, I’d like to hear from the group to see if anyone is interested and to get some ideas.

Michael Handis

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