Category Archives: New Librarians Discussion Group

Demystifying the Hiring Process – Panel Session

Back by popular demand!

When: Thursday, April 24, 6-8pm
Where: ART New York – 520 8th Avenue (between w. 36th and 37th St.), 3rd floor. (A/C/E or 1/2/3 to 34th St.) [directions]

Registration is required:


What role does the traditional hiring committee play in the academic library hiring process? Who serves? How do they prepare? What happens during the day-long interview process? And what happens after the candidate leaves—how are decisions made?

Gain insight from four veterans of the hiring process, whose experience derives from a variety of academic library contexts and roles. We’d also like to hear from you: what are your experiences as a member of a hiring committee, as a new hire or as a job candidate? Bring your questions and your experience.


Madeline Ford, Chief Librarian | Hostos Community College Library, CUNY

Madeline Ford is currently serving as the Chief Librarian and the Chair of the Education Department at Hostos Community College, CUNY.   She has held library positions at Baruch, Hunter, Lehman, and Medgar Evers.  Madeline has served as the President of the Library Association of the City University of New York and the New York Black Librarians’ Caucus.   Her research interests are in the areas of information fluency, outreach, reference services, and immigration and migration of Caribbean born individuals.

Michael W. Handis, Special Projects Librarian | The Graduate Center, CUNY

Michael W. Handis currently works as the Reference and Metadata Librarian at the Graduate Center. As an administrator, cataloger and writer, Michael has witnessed the hiring process in libraries, having served on several search committees. He took three months of his sabbatical to live in Greece and study the archaeological ruins of ancient libraries. Last year, he had a chapter published by Cambridge on Galen and the Alexandrian library.

Mellissa Hinton, Assistant Dean, Technical & Digital Services | LIU Post

Mellissa J. Hinton has over thirty years of experience at the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library of LIU Post.  In her current position as Assistant Dean of Technical and Digital Services, she oversees acquisitions, cataloging, and digital initiatives.  She earned a B.A. in English from SUNY Oswego, an M.S. in information science from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, an M.A. in English from LIU Post, and a D.A. in English from St. John’s University.

Kathryn G. Shaughnessy, Emerging Technologies & Instruction Librarian | St. John’s University Libraries

At St. John’s, Kathryn is the librarian coordinator for the Libraries’ Technology Lab, and serves as the embedded Librarian for the university’s Global Development & Social Justice MA program. She is a  Senior Fellow for both the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Vincentian Center for Church and Society (VCCS). Her research interests include the promotion of Social Justice literacy, information literacy & technology literacy  in academic and civil sectors, focusing on information ethics, open access and scholarly communication initiatives. Externally, she serves as an expert observer for the Holy See Mission to the UN on matters related to  Gender and Information-Communication Technologies, and most recently, she was named a Community Representative for the Digital Public Library of America.

Haruko Yamauchi, Instruction and Reference Librarian | Hostos Community College, CUNY

Haruko Yamauchi (co-chair of the NLDG) is a recent survivor of the academic hiring process, and happily accepted her first full-time librarian position in August 2013, eight months after earning her MLS from Queens College.  She has an MFA in creative writing from the New School, an AB in visual arts from Brown, and is currently an instruction and reference librarian at Hostos Community College (CUNY).  She is a midlife career changer who learned that years of non-library experience (in arts education, writing, program facilitation, and translating, among other things) can be successfully transferred to the library world.

This event is co-sponsored by ACRL/NY’s New Librarian’s Discussion Group and the Mentoring Program. Light refreshments will be served.

Haruko Yamauchi, co-chair, New Librarian’s Discussion Group
Linda Miles, co-chair, New Librarian’s Discussion Group
Susanne Markgren, coordinator, Mentoring Program

Space is limited. Register here.

ACRL/NY Member: $5.00
ACRL Member: $7.00
Non member: $10.00


We hope to see you there!


“Getting Started with Writing and Presenting for the Profession”: NLDG meeting set for April 19th

The ACRL/NY New Librarians Discussion Group, and the ACRL/NY Mentoring Program would like to invite you to a discussion on Friday, April 19, from 9:30-11:00am:

“Getting Started with Writing and Presenting for the Profession”

Are you in (or intend to be in) a tenure-track position? Do you need to publish or present at conferences/panels for your job? Do you need to write specific types of articles for specific types of publications? Or do you just want to write or present for the profession, because you enjoy it (or want to see your name in print)? Whatever the case, many of us do write, many of us intend to write, and many of us are required to publish/present as part of our jobs. This meeting will be an informal discussion on what is expected of new(er) librarians when it comes to writing and presenting for the profession, and ideas on how to get started. We will also discuss mentorship in relation to writing and presenting, as well as collaboration, finding ideas/topics, different types of publishing/presenting venues, the editorial process, and carving out time to get it all done. This event will mark the beginning of an ongoing initiative, and will help us to develop a more targeted support system for academic librarians who are getting started with writing and presenting.

When: Friday, April 19th, from 9:30am – 11:00am
Where:  Mercy College, Manhattan Campus, 66 West 35th St., room 704

Coffee and snacks will be served!

Please register here: by April 16th :

If you are interested in this meeting, but are unable to attend, please fill out the brief survey that is part of the registration form (linked above). Your feedback is important for us as we continue to develop more programs and meetings. Thanks!

Registration form and survey:

Note: You must register to attend and bring a picture ID. Space is limited and your name must appear on the security list.

To attend you must be an ACRL/NY member. Not a member of ACRL/NY? It costs little to join:

  • ACRL National member: $25
  • Non-ACRL National member: $35
  • Library/Information science students: $10
  • Retirees: $10

Join now:

Meeting, February 21st

The next NLDG meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Special Collections Reading Room (Room C196.05) of the Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center.

Margaret Bausman, Instructional and Reference Librarian at the Schools of Social Work and Public Health Library at Hunter College, will talk about her experiences as a new academic librarian, and the things that she wished she had known before starting her new career. This is an opportunity to ask questions of a new professional of what it is like, and what can be expected when one is employed in academia.

Ms. Bausman completed her MSLIS degree at Long Island University’s Palmer School in the Rare Books and Special Collections concentration and earned a certificate in Archives and Records Management in 2010. Prior to this, she worked as a clinician and administrator in children’s community mental health services.

Light snacks will be served.

RSVP by February 19th to either Michael Handis ( or Linda Miles (

Meet n’ Greet: the New ACRL/NY Mentoring Program

The NLDG’s first meeting of the season will be held Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Meet n’ Greet is traditionally when ACRL/NY members and other members from the academic library community come together to discuss what programs/topics they would like to see the NLDG address for the coming year.

This Meet n’ Greet will have information on the new, ACRL/NY Mentoring Program. Michael Handis, the chair of the NLDG, also functions as the chair of the ad hoc Mentoring Committee. Within the last few months, the Mentoring Committee has put together a pilot mentoring program and is currently looking for volunteers. (Mentors and those seeking mentoring must be ACRL/NY members.) It is hoped that the pilot program will lead to a regular mentoring program.

This meeting is open to all members of ACRL/NY as well as non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

The Meet n’ Greet will be held in Room C196.05 of the Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309. Please RSVP by October 18th to Michael Handis(

NOTE: You must register to attend and bring a picture ID. You name must appear on the security list or you will not be admitted.

Speaker: Susanne Markgren

The last meeting of the NLDG was held on Thursday, May 5th. Susanne Markgren, the immediate past president of ACRL/NY and the Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College, SUNY, gave a talk entitled: Create an E-Portfolio: Manage Your Online Identity and Improve Your Skills of Self-Promotion, which was attended by eleven people. Ms. Markgren gave the pros and cons of creating an online presence. She warned that professional and personal can sometimes intermingle and to be careful. She went through the various online sites where she has established a presence. Questions were asked throughout the talk.

Meet n’ Greet: This Year’s First Meeting

The first meeting of the new academic year will be held Friday, October 15, 2010 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Mercy College’s Manhattan campus.

This meeting is open to all ACRL/NY members as well as non-members. Come and see what the NLDG is all about! This is a networking as well as a professional group. Please bring ideas and suggestions for future programs and/or discussion group topics. What do you want to get out of NLDG meetings? What do you want to see?

The Meet n’ Greet will be held Friday, October 15, 9:30-10:30:
Room 723
Mercy College Manhattan
66 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP by October 13th to Michael Handis (

NOTE: You must register to attend, and bring a picture ID. You name must appear on the security list or you will not be admitted.

Last Meeting of the Academic Year, May 13, 2010

The last meeting for the academic year will be held Thursday, May 13, 2010, 6-8 p.m.

Speakers: Julie Cunningham, Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center and Elisabeth Tapperiner, Hostos Community College

Topic: “The Whys and Hows to Creating a Good Resume”

What makes a good resume? Ms. Cunningham, the Chief Librarian at the Mina Rees Library, comes from a public services background while Ms. Tappeiner, the Interim Chief Librarian at Hostos, comes from technical services. Both have extensive experience serving on library search committees.

This will be a workshop format and will deal with critiquing resumes as well as answering any questions about how library academic search committees operate and what they look for on resumes.

The meeting will be held in

C196.05 (Special Collections Reading Room), Mina Rees Library

CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Ave.

New York, NY 10016-4309

Light snacks will be served.

RSVP by May 12th to Michael Handis (

You must register to attend and bring a picture ID.

Space is limited and your name must appear on the security list.

Meeting: March 18th, 6-8 pm

The next  meeting of the NLDG will be held  Thursday, March 18, 2010, 6-8 p.m.

Speaker:  W. Gerald Heverly, New York University

Topic:  “How to get Ideas for Professional Publications”

W. Gerald Heverly is the Librarian for Classics, Hellenic Studies, and Philosophy at Bobst Library, New York University.  He is active in a number of professional organizations, including ACRL’s Western European Studies Section and the American Philological Association.  In addition, he serves on the mentoring committee of NYU Librarians and was chair of the committee from 2006 to 2008.  He has published in both library and classics journals.

The meeting will be held in

C196.05 (Special Collections Reading Room), Mina Rees Library

CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Ave.

New York, NY  10016-4309

Light snacks will be served.

RSVP by March 17th to Michael Handis (

You must register to attend and bring a picture ID.

Space is limited and your name must appear on the security list.

Remember: only members of ACRL/NY can attend.

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

A new leader for NLDG-Welcome Michael!

Sorry there hasn’t been a lot of activity here lately.  The symposium, holidays and a hectic January got away from me. 

Anyway, as I have now moved to being the Symposium Chair/Vice-President/President Elect of ACRL/NY for 2010.  And, we have a new leader for this group.  I would like to welcome and thank Michael Handis for volunteering to lead this group.  He’s already got a lot of plans in the works (including a mentoring program) and will be in touch regularly with members. 

So, I will leave it up to Michael as to whether this blog continues or not.  With that in mind, if you are not a member of ACRL/NY yet I strongly suggest you join now to keep up with this discussion group and all the other stuff going on with ACRL/NY, including this year’s symposium on December 10th (mark your calendars!).  And seriously, membership is really affordable.

Become an ACRL/NY member here

$25 for current ACRL national members

$35 for non-ACRL national member

$10 for library/information science students

$10 for retirees

See you at the next meeting!

Carrie Eastman

ACRL/NY Symposium Chair/Vice-President