Vol. 7 No. 2 (2022): Journal of New Librarianship

Thoughts for the New Librarian

Lucinda Ward
Morehead State University

Published 2022-09-25


  • insights, first-year librarian, academic libraries

How to Cite

Ward, L. (2022). Thoughts for the New Librarian. Journal of New Librarianship, 7(2), 43–46. https://doi.org/10.33011/newlibs/12/6


After spending over a decade as a public-school educator and subsequent time as an administrative assistant, I embarked on what is essentially my third career as a librarian. Since being hired at an academic library in the summer of 2021, I have–for the most part–settled into my role as Instructional Librarian for Distance and Online Learning. At an age where most librarians are starting to eye the exit, I am “learning the ropes.” After a year, I still have a lot to learn; however, there are some areas where I believe I can offer insights for those just entering the profession. In this column, I will offer three pointers for how to make a new librarian’s first year less overwhelming.