Category Archives: Professional Development

“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.

New Mentoring Blog to Follow

The ACRL/NY Executive Committee is about to debate the form that the mentoring program will take.  For those of you interested, I have created a blog ( for the discussion.

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