Jessica Olin at Letters to a Young Librarian writes about Ten Things I Didn’t Learn in Library School, Academic Edition. These are all excellent points and this is a post that I would encourage every new librarian to read. Here are just the first five issues discussed:
- Undergraduate students are not you at that age.
- Every college/university has its own way of treating librarians.
- “We tried that before in 1987, and it didn’t work then, so it won’t work now.”
- Students don’t know how to find a book in the stacks.
- Collection development is done differently in every library.
And if you enjoyed that article, you may also want to check out Eric S. Riley’s Ten Things I Didn’t Learn in Library School – Public Library edition.