MLA/DLA Joint Conference: Invited Panelist and Poster Accepted

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I’m honored to be participating in both a panel and a poster session at the Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association Joint Library Conference on Thursday, May 5th. First, I will be participating as an invited member of a student-led panel presentation on the future of the LIS field. Our moderator, Hope Reilly, has organized a panel of current students, recent graduates, and LIS program staff. I will be discussing broader trends and changes in LIS education and various initiatives to more fully engage students in improving LIS education. Second, I will be presenting a poster on new librarian and information professional employment trends. I look forward to spending the day participating in conversations on how to improve the LIS professions and its education programs.

Reilly, H., Jones, S., Lieutenant, E., Sarin, L., Tribble, C., & Vincent, J. (2016). Future of the field. Panel presentation at the Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association: 2016 Joint Library Conference. Ocean City, MD, May 5, 2016.
The moderator for this panel is Hope Reilly, an MLS candidate at the University of Maryland’s iSchool expecting to graduate in May 2016. Originally from Waldorf, Maryland, she has interned with Montgomery County Public Libraries and worked as a 2015 Junior Fellow in the Germanic and Slavic Division at the Library of Congress. Hope is heavily involved with the iSchool and serves as the events coordinator for iDiversity, the first student organization in the LIS field to focus on promoting awareness for diversity, inclusion and accessibility. Hope will be joined by a fellow MLS student, a first-year librarian, and a representative from University of Maryland’s iSchool and they will discuss current library trends and research. The University of Maryland recently completed a year-long lecture series and research project, Re-envisioning the MLS, which discussed the iSchool’s vision for how MLS students can and should be prepared to enter the field.

Lieutenant, E. (2016). Do we eat our young? An analysis of new librarian and information professional employment trends. Poster presentation at the Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association: 2016 Joint Library Conference. Ocean City, MD, May 5, 2016.
The library and information science (LIS) field often discusses how new librarians and information professionals must be prepared to fulfill the new roles and responsibilities required of the changing LIS profession. However, longitudinal studies of recent graduate employment rates have not recently been conducted to determine if new librarians and information professionals are employed in these new and emerging sectors of the profession. To address this gap in understanding, this poster presentation will explore employment patterns for recent graduates of United States LIS degree programs. For this poster, secondary data analysis will be conducted on a decade of Library Journal’s Placement and Salaries Survey data. Longitudinal statistical trends in overall employment, job assignment, and organization type data will be presented to identify emerging and retreating employment opportunities for new librarians and information professionals. Discussion of limitations in the data set and recommendations for future study will be included to improve our current and future understanding of the LIS profession. This poster presentation will be valuable for current students, recent graduates, faculty, and employers who are interested in identifying emerging opportunities within the LIS profession and supporting students and new librarians and information professionals as they enter our evolving profession.

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