METRO & ACRL/NY Present: Demystifying the Working Life of a New Academic Librarian - What to Expect in the First Days, Weeks, Months & Years

Speaker Moderator: Susanne Markgren; Panelists Danielle Apfelbaum, Julia Furay, Mark A Polger, & Megan Wacha
Danielle S. Apfelbaum is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the New York Institute of Technology's Old Westbury Campus, a Visiting Librarian at LIU Post, and a Per Diem Reference & Instruction Librarian at Molloy College. She currently serves as the President of the Academic and Special Libraries Division of ...

Danielle S. Apfelbaum is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the New York Institute of Technology's Old Westbury Campus, a Visiting Librarian at LIU Post, and a Per Diem Reference & Instruction Librarian at Molloy College. She currently serves as the President of the Academic and Special Libraries Division of the Nassau County Library Association.

Julia Furay has been a reference and instruction librarian, as well as archivist, at Kingsborough Community College since March 2012. Prior to that she worked at SUNY Maritime as reference librarian. Julia received an MLS from Queens College and an MA in Drama Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. Her research interests include library instruction, archives, and the performing arts.

Mark Aaron Polger is an Instruction/Reference Librarian at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.  He is also an adjunct instructor at ASA College in Manhattan where he teaches several sections of a 2 credit Information Literacy class. His research interests focus mostly on library marketing and he has written articles and book chapters on the topic.  He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), an M.L.I.S. from the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada), and a B.Ed. in Adult Education from Brock University (St. Catharines, Canada).

Megan Wacha joined the Barnard College Library in July 2011, where she serves as the Research and Instruction Librarian for Media and the Performing Arts. Her research interests include twentieth century American concert dance, issues of information access, and the intersections between these areas.

Full Description

So you've accepted the offer. Now what? What is it like "when the feet hit the ground" for a new academic librarian? Are there some experiences that are common to many institutional contexts, and how do expectations differ between specific libraries and types of institutions? As a follow-up to the February 2013 event, "Demystifying the Hiring Process," which looked at the hiring process from the perspective of academic library search committees, this event will provide concrete information about what a new academic librarian might expect from his/her working life during the first days, weeks, months, and years on the job from a panel of new and early-career librarians.

The New Librarians Discussion Group (NLDG) of ACRL/NY is a forum in which new librarians (and future librarians) come together with questions and concerns about the profession and share experiences and ideas with one another. The Academic Librarian Mentoring Project, an ACRL/NY initiative, is both a formal mentoring program and a nexus of information, collaboration, outreach, and professional development for new librarians, library school students, and experienced librarians alike. This event is open to any interested party. Light refreshments will be served.

Who should attend:
Early-career librarians, library school students, mid-career librarians interested in the experiences of early-career librarians in multiple contexts, individuals interested in learning more about the ACRL/NY New Librarians Discussion Group, and the ACRL/NY Mentoring Program.

By the end of this program, participants will:

  • Gain general insight regarding the experiences of new hires and early-career academic librarians, as well as an understanding of how practices vary among different institutional contexts 
  • Learn about the common and not-so-common expectations, challenges, and surprises that crop up during the early stages of an academic library career
  • Have an opportunity to learn directly from panelists and attendees who have reached and passed early milestones in the course of their tenure at a given institution


Questions about registration or cancellation?  Visit METRO’s Registration Info page for policies and procedures. 

Organizer This event is co-sponsored by METRO & the ACRL/NY Mentoring Program

When?

Thu, Jun. 6, 2013
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. US/Eastern

How Much?

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Where?

METRO Training Center (4th floor)
57 E. 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
United States