IFLA/ New Professionals SIG Argentina • Brainstorming Session – Building of global information networks between new professionals. – Helping new professionals get the best out of the IFLA conference. – Exploring the possibility of job exchange and mentoring schemes. – Concentrating on issues of recruitment and work experience for newcomers to the profession.
IFLA New Professionals Oslo • Program Title: New Professionals, New Experiences, New Ways of Working – USA, UK, The Netherlands, Uganda – IFLA President, Professional Committee • Social Evening
IFLA/New Professionals SIG Seoul • Program Title: Dynamic Roles for New Librarians – Leonard Kniffel, Editor in Chief of American Libraries, ALA magazine – Jana Varlejs, Chair of Continuing Professional Development and Work Place Learning Section of IFLA – IFLA President
IFLA/New Professionals SIG Durban, South Africa Program Title: Developing Library Professionals
IFLA/New Professionals SIG Quebec Program Title: Mind the gap: bridging the inter- generational divide to future-proof the profession – American Library Association – Australian Library and Information Association – Deutscher Bibliotheksverband e.V. (DBV), – German Professional Association (BIB) – Mexican Library Association (AMBAC)
IFLA/New Professionals SIG Milan Satellite Meeting: Moving in, Moving up, and Moving on: Strategies for Regenerating the Library & Information Profession Bologna, Italy Program Title: Creating a Positive Environment for a Multi-generational Library and Information Workforce
IFLA/New Professionals SIG Gothenburg Program Title: The Global Librarian Boras, Sweden
New LibrariansInternational/National Association Activity and Career SurveyA total of 176 individuals responded to the questionnaire including new librarians and soon- to-graduate librarians from five continents and 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, and the United States.
Participants 64% were librarians with five or feweryears of experience. 72% were under the age of 38 32% special libraries 29% public libraries 29% academic libraries
Other findings• Amazons: 91% were women• Library associations: 73% members of a national library association• Dilemma: – 97% of respondents would consider pursuing a position in a library sector other than the one they belong to now. – 73% staying in the library for another 5 years
Great Exodus? 86%(152) mentioned that libraries are not offering leadership programs for their newly hired professionals
A Plan for Action Develop tools and materials to assist newlibrarians in becoming leaders within librariesand professional associations. Help to increase awareness about theinterests, skills and professionalism of newgraduates.
A Plan for Action• Recognize new professionals needs for appropriate pay, respect, and inclusion in strategic planning activities; many newcomers want to help drive change.• Partner with national, provincial and regional associations to offer workshops for all streams of new librarians.
A Plan for Action• Increase funding that enables new librarians to attend professional conferences.• Create in-house career development and leadership training programs for newcomers.
A Plan for Action• Promote new librarians as the future of the profession (and the workplace.• Take risks with new librarians; trust that they have the education, skills and desire necessary to successfully execute projects.