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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.
Our presentation focuses on two major skill sets for new librarians: understanding the research/publication process and developing your career.
Feel free to contact me with questions!

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

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

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