new librarian; ACRL-NEC/NELIG; lighting talk
Transitioning to a new career is difficult but doing so amid a global pandemic presents a unique set of challenges. This session will provide a brief overview of the experience of being new to this field from recruitment to retention. In this session, the presenter will discuss how they navigated health and safety concerns, job searching, imposter syndrome and more. The presenter will discuss how they built a support network and leveraged resources to successfully begin a new position in an academic library. This session will share tools for new professionals, seasoned professionals, and managers. Attendees will develop strategies for how they can support and encourage new librarians. Additionally, this session will touch upon recruitment and retention of employees of color. This session aims to better equip attendees to support emerging library professionals They will leave with a toolkit of best practices on how to integrate a new librarian into a new environment.