What They Didn’t Tell Me (or What I Didn’t Hear) in Library School

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Library science, Early career librarianship

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University Libraries


The transition from library school to the professional library instruction environment is fraught with challenges and ripe with opportunities. Each new teaching librarian has to find his or her own style and establish a toolkit of teaching techniques. However, much can be learned from the experiences of others who have gone through the same process. The narratives that follow were written by former students in the School of Library & Information Science at the University of Kentucky. Each new librarian focuses on a different aspect of instruction planning and implementation. Their goal in sharing their stories is to assist other new librarians in their own professional transitions and to help existing library professionals develop a greater awareness of ways in which they can mentor the next generation.