Destination Librarian: Helping Others on the Road to Librarianship Public Deposited

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  • May 20, 2019
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  • Renner, Barbara Rochen
    • ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-3505-6341
    • Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Health Sciences Library
  • Richardson, Lee M.
    • ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-0076-9859
    • Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Health Sciences Library
  • Clark, Michele
    • Affiliation: School of Medicine, Department of Radiology
  • Walker, Jennifer S.
    • ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-0248-2616
    • Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Health Sciences Library
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  • Background : The library and information science profession does a good job educating, training, and mentoring students and new professionals. Much of this work is done through formal programs such as internships and networking through professional associations. It can be difficult to provide this support when a person is not eligible or able to participate in typical formal opportunities. It can also be difficult to promote the profession to teenagers and young people when resources about the many different types of positions in libraries and information centers are diffuse and not created with this population in mind.Description : A health sciences librarian newly assigned to coordinate requests for non-paid experiential opportunities was faced with requests from a broad range of prospective library professionals. The librarian worked with other librarians to design creative approaches that went beyond typical formal programs such as internships and networking through professional associations. These included online outreach to teens interested in the profession, learning experiences for a high school student wanting to become better informed about the profession in order to make good decisions about education and job training, experiences for students with disabilities, and projects for recent library school graduates that provided more practical experience and references to use in their job searches.Conclusion : This poster shares experiences thinking outside the box to elevate the profession and help students and others pursue a career in libraries. It includes brief lessons learned from coordinating a non-paid experiential program at an academic institution. When students cannot participate in typical formal programs, they may be able to gain knowledge or experience in other ways. Each type of prospective information or library science professional has its own set of rules and challenges that can be met in ways that are rewarding to all involved.
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  • Medical Library Association. Annual Meeting (2019: Chicago, IL)
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