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New Librarians:
International
Perspectives




                       Loida Garcia-Febo
                  Coordinator, Special Services
                   Queens Library, New York
                     IFLA/ FAIFE Secretary
http://www.ifla.org/new-professionals
http://npsig.wordpress.com
/
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 Librarians
International/National Association
    Activity and Career Survey

A 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 fewer
years 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 new
librarians in becoming leaders within libraries
and professional associations.


 Help to increase awareness about the
interests, skills and professionalism of new
graduates.
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.
New Librarians Around the Globe
New Professionals @

•   Special Interest Group
•   Building Strong Library Associations
•   President's Working Group
•   FAIFE
•   Technology Initiatives
Recommendations*

•Run an effective association
•Give others a chance to work
•Bring them in
•Give support
•Put them in charge
  – *Bob McKee, CILIP Chief Executive @ NPSIG
    Program in Quebec. 2008.
Recommendations

   •Dare

   •Partner

   •Brainstorm

   •Strategize

   •Take Action
YES!




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New Librarians: International Perspectives

  • 1. New Librarians: International Perspectives Loida Garcia-Febo Coordinator, Special Services Queens Library, New York IFLA/ FAIFE Secretary
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. IFLA/New Professionals SIG Durban, South Africa Program Title: Developing Library Professionals
  • 8. 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)
  • 9. 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
  • 10. IFLA/New Professionals SIG Gothenburg Program Title: The Global Librarian Boras, Sweden
  • 11. New Librarians International/National Association Activity and Career Survey A 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.
  • 12. Participants  64% were librarians with five or fewer years of experience.  72% were under the age of 38  32% special libraries  29% public libraries  29% academic libraries
  • 13. 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
  • 14. Great Exodus? 86% (152) mentioned that libraries are not offering leadership programs for their newly hired professionals
  • 15. A Plan for Action  Develop tools and materials to assist new librarians in becoming leaders within libraries and professional associations.  Help to increase awareness about the interests, skills and professionalism of new graduates.
  • 16. 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.
  • 17. 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.
  • 18. 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.
  • 20. New Professionals @ • Special Interest Group • Building Strong Library Associations • President's Working Group • FAIFE • Technology Initiatives
  • 21. Recommendations* •Run an effective association •Give others a chance to work •Bring them in •Give support •Put them in charge – *Bob McKee, CILIP Chief Executive @ NPSIG Program in Quebec. 2008.
  • 22. Recommendations •Dare •Partner •Brainstorm •Strategize •Take Action
  • 23. YES! loidagarciafebo@gmail.com Twitter: loidagarciafebo