News from the New Librarians Discussion Group

Thanks to everyone who made Tuesday’s NLDG/Mentoring event a success. For those of you unable to attend, here’s a recap. There’s a lot of info and links to relevant websites.

We enjoyed a nice combo of socializing/networking and info dissemination. Here are some of the things we discussed, with links.

The ACRL/NY Mentoring Program is underway for the year, with 20+ pairs of mentors and mentees, although if individuals are interested in joining in-progress, please fill out an application:

On Friday 10/25 the NLDG will meet for the Librarians Research/Writing Support Group. This is a program for academic librarians at any stage in their career who are interested in networking, collaboration, and support in research and writing projects. It will be only our second meeting, and we will also discuss various means for providing support that we may want to establish as part of the group’s activities. This is a free program for ACRL/NY members. More info and registration:

Friday November 1st is the deadline for the ACRL/NY Symposium Scholarship for library school students.The award comprises waiver of the fee for the 2013 annual symposium, “The Library as Knowledge Laboratory,” which takes place on Dec. 6th at Baruch College Vertical Campus. Scholarship application:

On Thursday 11/7 there will be a book talk and reception celebrating Career Q & A by Susanne Markgren and Carrie Netzer Wajda. Built on the foundation of ten years spent answering library career questions, the book gathers excellent advice with excellent “sidebar” commentary from a wide range of librarians. Many of the contributors will be at the 11/7 event. More info and registration:

On Friday 11/22 ACRL/NY & METRO will present parts III and IV of the workshop series Launch Your Library Career, “The Interview” from 9:30am – 12:30pm and “Networking , Publishing & Presenting” from 1:30-4:30pm. These are in-depth, practical, hands-on workshops. Discounts available for ACRL/NY and MyMETRO members. More info and registration: (“The Interview”); (“Networking, Publishing & Presenting”)

On Friday 12/6 is the date for the ACRL/NY Annual Symposium, The Library as Knowledge Laboratory. Here’s just the first line of the description, just as a tease “Makerspaces, mashups and big data are bringing radical change to higher education…” More info and registration:

After more unstructured free time (networking), we provided a bit more info about how ACRL/NY supports new librarians. We have a New Librarians Discussion Group email list, which provides occasional email messages relevant to our group of new and early-career librarians (email to join). The NLDG also has a blog ( and a twitter feed (

There are also a number of other discussion groups in ACRL/NY with interesting meetings and events. These include Distance Learning, First-Year Experience, Graduate Services, Information Literacy/Instruction, Resource Sharing, Library Management, and Archives. The ACRL/NY professional development committee is also very active, designing programming, engaging speakers and workshop leaders, and collaborating with other organizations, such as METRO, to bring PD opportunities to members and other librarians.

We also talked about how great the networking opportunities are. Joining the Symposium Planning Committee is a great place to start if you are interested in getting involved. It’s a large committee of people who have been mounting successful symposia for years, and the collegiality and mutual support make it a relatively easy endeavor. Meetings take place once a month on Friday mornings from January through June and September through November, with the event in December. If you’re interested in learning more email

We spent the rest of the session talking about possible programming for the year, and what kinds of issues are of most interest to members. An interesting suggestion came up to check out some analyses of job descriptions in order to identify some of the most requested skills/experiences and then develop workshops for these (e.g., developing online research guides). Another idea that came up was considering the concept of the “2nd masters,” and we had a great discussions of the pros and cons of preemptively working toward a degree if you weren’t in a job that required it. The idea of an instruction workshop came up as well. This has been a perennial concern of the group. There has been some discussion about collaborating with the IL/Instruction DG for an event, but it is likely that won’t happen until at least the Spring.

Wow. That’s a lot of info, I guess. Thanks again to everyone, especially my partner in crime, Susanne Markgren.


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