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. 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.  Currently, Loida is working on a follow-up international survey about new librarians worldwide.

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.




AILA, Australian Library and Information Association/ New Graduates Group

CLA, Canadian Library Association/ New Librarians and Information Professionals

CILIP, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK) / Career Development Group

New York Library Association/New Members Round Table/ Sites of Interest to New Librarians

ALA/American Library Association/ New Members Round Table

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

  • articles and books by information professionals and links to online resources

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 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.

Gordon, R.S. (2005). Generational Journeys. Library Journal, 130(3), 42-42. Holt, R. & Strock, A.L. (2005). The Entry-Level Gap. Library 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 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.

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