Join the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) during ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle for the following presentations:
- Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: The Perspectives of Two New Academic Librarians
Jessica Martinez, Science Librarian, University of Idaho Library; Meredith Forrey, MLIS
As two recent graduates, Jessica and Meredith had experience working in academic libraries but, never as capital “L” Librarians. In our presentation, we will chronicle the first year out of graduate school as academic librarians, highlighting the struggles of shifting from student to teacher, the excitement of discovering our style of librarianship, and overcoming imposter syndrome. We will specifically touch on issues faced by new academic librarians, discussing the challenges and successes of our first year of professional librarianship. We will examine learning from our failures and not getting bogged down when things turn out differently than we planned. Our presentation will tell the story of our careers, comparing and contrasting our experiences at two different institutions.
- From Library Assistant to Assistant Librarian: leveraging a staff position into a librarian appointment in an academic library
Elizabeth Miraglia, Assistant Program Director, Metadata Services, Head, Books & Serials Metadata, UC San Diego Library
Library school students and early-career librarians are often discouraged from taking non-librarian positions after completing their degrees. They are told that it makes applying for and transitioning into professional positions difficult and that contributes to the “de-professionalization” of our field. However, the reality is that bills need to be paid and graduates are often faced with a choice between assistant-level work in their field or doing something unrelated while applying and waiting for professional work. This presentation outlines the personal experiences of one early-career librarian who took advantage of the opportunities that library assistant work presented and successfully recruited into a managing-librarian position. It also provides practical advice on how to make the most of non-librarian positions and how to stay engaged with librarianship along the way.
- From Boss Baby to Seasoned Supervisor-- Lessons Learned the Easy Way and the Hard Way
Mary S. Konkel, Head of Technical Services, OCLC Global Council Delegate for the Americas Regional Council (ARC), College of DuPage Library
This presentation will cover the road to supervision and management from the perspective of a technical services librarian, who has worked in large and medium research libraries and in a community college. From co-worker to coordinator, from being the boss of myself to being the boss of others, supervision has been challenging but rewarding. I’ll share the excitement of getting things done with others, the joys of mentoring, and how to graciously recover and move on when ah-oh moments happen—and they will!
- Jump Starting Your Career: How NACO Funnels Can Provide Training and Support for New Librarians
Roman S. Panchyshyn, Kent State University Libraries, Associate Professor, Coordinator Ohio NACO Project
Entry-level positions in cataloging and metadata management require library professionals to gain expertise with various standards, technologies and products. An excellent way for new professionals to jump-start their careers is by acquiring knowledge about the identity management process. This involves learning about the Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), specifically its Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO). If your library is not an active NACO participant, the easiest way to begin participation is by joining a NACO funnel project. With institutional support, a NACO funnel will train you to contribute authority records for agents, places, works, and expressions to the LC/NACO Authority File. Funnel coordinators will provide you with the direct training and review that you will need to acquire this expertise. This presentation will cover how NACO funnels work, how you can participate, and review the benefits that funnel membership provides for your institution and your career.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS
Meeting Type: Committee Meeting
Cost: Included with full conference registration.