Starting Out? Start with You: What Every New Librarian Needs to Know

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Lisa Carlucci Thomas and I presented this at the American Library Association's 2010 Annual Conference. We did it again at the Virtual Conference. …

Lisa Carlucci Thomas and I presented this at the American Library Association's 2010 Annual Conference. We did it again at the Virtual Conference.
Our presentation focuses on two major skill sets for new librarians: understanding the research/publication process and developing your career.
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  • 1. Starting Out? Start With YouWhat Every New Librarian Needs to Know
    Lisa Carlucci ThomasDigital Services LibrarianSouthern Connecticut State University
    Karen SobelReference & Instruction Librarian/Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Colorado Denver
  • 2. - Starting Out -The Research & Publication Process
    Karen Sobel
  • 3. Where Research Questions Arise
    • Conversations with colleagues
    • 4. Things you notice while working
    • 5. Holes in the literature
    Ask yourself whether your research will benefit patrons and colleagues.
  • 6. From Research Question... ...To Research Project
    Plan out your project in great detail before starting!
    Think about partnerships
  • 7. Choosing the Right Venue
    Publications
    Investigating scope
    Aim high!
    Presentations
    Where calls for presentations come from
    Local vs. national
    Be aware of your tenure requirements
  • 8. Planning Your Research Project
    Review past studies carefully
    Pilot test your instruments before starting the study
    Again: plan your study in great detail beforehand. But be prepared to change
  • 9. Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    What IRB is, and why it’s important
    How you know whether to apply
    Leave time for training!
    Bizarre questions and the problem of 17-year-olds
  • 10. Data, Data, Data
    The importance of gathering demographics
    Software
    To use or not to use a statistician
    Enticing statisticians
  • 11. Preparing a Manuscript for Publication
    Write with a particular publication in mind
    Write clearly. Don’t use jargon.
  • 12. Handling Rejection
    If an editor returns your paper with suggested changes, it’s a good sign
    If you’re completely rejected, work on your paper and submit it elsewhere
  • 13. Happy Things
    You’ll be rejected much less often than in library school
    You’ll get in a groove and gain skill and confidence
  • 14. - Start With You - Positioning For Success
    Lisa Carlucci Thomas
    @lisacarlucci
  • 15. Know Yourself
    Where are you now?
    Where do you want to be?
    What is your expertise, talent, niche?
    Make it so (build your brand)
    Think BIG
  • 16. Know Your Institution
    Understand the decision-making process
    Historical knowledge is serious business
    Generational values & expectations vary
    Kindness is free (be generous)
    Listen … Learn … Teach
  • 17. Know Your Profession
    Research associations online & with peers
    Take chances until you find your ‘place’
    Start small: get involved, find your voice
    Introduce yourself to everyone you meet
    Learn By Doing:
    Your Contribution Matters
  • 18. Know Your Opportunities
    Professional Identity: It’s Yours
    Create a portfolio of your work
    Stay current using alerts & social networks
    Develop & expand your lifelong peer group
    Be Flexible & Authentic
    Work Outside Your Comfort Zone
  • 19. Chart Your Course
    Your job is not your career
    Seek experience-building positions (in the direction you want to go / grow)
    Anticipate setbacks & learn
    Set your own personal & professional priorities
    “Manifest Your Destiny in Real Time”
  • 20. Thank You!
    Lisa Carlucci ThomasDigital Services LibrarianSouthern Connecticut State University
    ThomasL10@southernct.edu
    Karen Sobel
    Reference & Instruction Librarian/Assistant Professor
    University of Colorado Denver
    karen.sobel@ucdenver.edu
    ALA Annual Conference 2010