New Professionals

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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

IFLA, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions / New Professionals Discussion GroupNPSIG Blog


International Librarians Network

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


Selected Articles:

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 MandateLibrary Journal, 129(7), 52-54.

Garcia-Febo, L. (2005). New Professionals Wave at IFLAVersed, January 2005.

Griffits, J. (1997). The New Information Professional. Presentation at 1997 ASIS Annual Meeting, Washington DC.

Gordon, R.S. (2005). Generational JourneysLibrary Journal, 130(3), 42-42. Holt, R. & Strock, A.L. (2005). The Entry-Level GapLibrary Journal, 130(8), 36-38.

Howard, S. (2004). Tips for New Librarians. Library Media Connection, 23(3), 17-17.

Newhouse, R. & Spisak, A. (2004). Fixing the First JobLibrary 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.


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