News & Resources
Loida is always eager to explore the perspectives of new professionals, particularly new librarians from different regions of the world, to encourage senior decision makers to adopt a plan to develop, train and retain newcomers. “One of my great passions is to work with new librarians, new professionals. They can do anything they put their mind to,” says Loida. She co-established IFLA’s New Professionals (NPSIG) in 2004 and is currently NPSIG’s Advisor.
In 2006 she surveyed 176 librarians from five continents and 12 countries and published her findings on article entitled International Perspectives on the New Librarian Experience on an issue of Feliciter (Canadian Library Association Magazine) dedicated to New Librarians. The article is not online (yet!) but here is the scanned document feliciterarticle.pdf This research has been used by international and national library associations, and LIS programs as a reference to establish plans of action including new librarians.
Recently, Loida worked with Robin Kear on a follow-up study where they surveyed 488 librarians from six continents and 49 countries. They published their findings on an article entitled Worldwide Perceptions of New Librarians. The research was presented at various international conferences and it is currently being used to ignite global conversations and strategies towards inclusion of new professionals in various areas of librarianship. Article citation:
Garcia-Febo, L. and R. Kear. “Worldwide Perceptions of New Librarians.” In Wolf-Fritz Riekert and Ingeborg Simon (Eds.), Information in e-motion Proceedings BOBCATSSS 2012 – 20th International Conference on Information Science. Amsterdam, 23-25 January 2012. Bad Honnef, Germany: Bock+Herchen Verlag, 2012.
Websites of Library Associations and other organizations:
ALA/American Library Association/ Emerging Leaders
ALA/American Library Association/ New Members Round Table
AILA, Australian Library and Information Association/ New Graduates Group
CILIP, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK) / Career Development Group
New York Library Association/New Members Engagement Subcommittee
News from the NPSIG:
New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations– ALA and IFLA joint free webinar series presented by IFLA CPDWL and IFLA New Professionals SIG and coordinated by Garcia-Febo.
August 2016. New Professionals at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, OH.
August 19, 2015 at the World Library and Information Congress, IFLA Congress in Cape Town, South Africa:
Greening the library inside and out! – Environmental sustainability and libraries. Presented by Environmental Sustainability in Libraries Special Interest Group and the New Professionals Special Interest Group
- International Librarians Network. A meeting place for librarians from around the world.
- IFLAcamp3the WLIC2014 unconference for students, new and established professionals. August 14-15, 2014 in ENSSIB, Lyon, France.
- IFLAcamp² the WLIC2013 unconference for new and established professionals. August 15-16, 2013 in Li Ka Shing Library, Singapore.
- New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations. Program sessionat the World Library and Information Congress in Singapore. August 22, 2013/ 10:45-13:00/ Room 6, Session 210.
- IFLAcamp New Professionals Now!August 9-10, 2012 in Hämeenlinna, Finland.
- Successful paths for New Librarians: best practices, models and recommendations
- Recording available at http://www.library20.com/page/general-session-room-links
- New Professionals beyond New Professionals – skills, needs and strategies of a new generation of LIS professionals– IFLA NPSIG conference during the IFLA Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. August 15, 2011.
- Perceptions of New Professionals @ 2011 ALA Virtual Conference
- “Perceptions of New Professionals” Sponsored by ALA Office for DiversityThis session explores various scenarios to help new professionals navigating the first stages of their career. Answers to the following, and other questions, will be discussed: How other new professionals found jobs? How other librarians work with their library associations? Presented by very new librarians with jobs at libraries\info centers, seasoned\veteran librarians, and successful professionals working in other fields.Moderated by Loida Garcia-Febo, Coordinator, Special Services at Queens LibrarySpeakers: Sue Hutley, Executive Director of the Australian Library and Information Association; Jessica Hernandez, Librarian, FDA Biosciences Library at U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Tiffany Mair, Program Assistant, Capitol Impact. LLC; Nathan T. Wright, Founder of Lava Row
- The Global Librarian, one-day event during IFLA Annual Conference in Goteborg, Sweden. August 9, 2010.
- Moving In, Moving Up, and Moving On: Strategies for Regenerating the Library and Information Profession. August 18-20, 2009. Bologna, Italy. Joint New Professionals Special Interest Groupand CPDWL IFLA Pre-Conference.
- Creating a Positive Work Environment for a Multi-generational Library and Information Workforce.Joint New Professionals Special Interest Group and CPDWL program at IFLA Congress in Milan, Italy. http://www.ifla.org/annual-conference/ifla75/call-cpdwl-en.htm
Bird, J. (2005). Ready and Waiting for the Future: New Librarians and Succession Planning. Feliciter, 51(1), 36-37.
Espinal, I. & Adkins, D. (2004). The Diversity Mandate. Library Journal, 129(7), 52-54.
Garcia-Febo, L. (2005). New Professionals Wave at IFLA. Versed, January 2005.
Griffits, J. (1997). The New Information Professional. Presentation at 1997 ASIS Annual Meeting, Washington DC.
Howard, S. (2004). Tips for New Librarians. Library Media Connection, 23(3), 17-17.
Newhouse, R. & Spisak, A. (2004). Fixing the First Job. Library Journal, 129(13), 44-46.
Stoddart, R. A., Bryant, T. W., Baker, A. L., Lee, A. & Spencer, B. (2006). PERSPECTIVES ON…Going Boldly Beyond the Reference Desk: Practical Advice and Learning Plans for New Reference Librarians Performing Liaison Work. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 32(4), 419-427.
Tella, A. (2006). The Impact of Self-Efficacy and Prior Computer Experience on the Creativity of New Librarians in Selected University Libraries in Southwest Nigeria. Library Philosophy and Practice, 8:2, 1-10.