What You Did (or Didn’t) Learn in Library School

Tuesday, 2/22/2022 - Wednesday, 2/23/2022
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

When library school graduates start their first professional positions, many are surprised to find that there is much to learn on the job that was not taught in their graduate programs. How exactly do you use your library’s interlibrary loan software? What is the best management style? How do you deal with difficult patrons? Inevitably, some knowledge and skills slip through the cracks as it is difficult for library and information science programs to strike just the right balance between the theoretical and the practical in coursework. Join Kellie Barbato, Narine Bournoutian, and Laura Haynes of the Core New Members Interest Group as we explore what you did (or didn’t) learn in library school.

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will discuss anything and everything they discovered they hadn’t learned in library school once they started their first professional positions. Topics explored will include:

  • Practical skills taught (or not taught) in library and information science programs
  • Knowledge and skills that early-career librarians had to learn on the job
  • Creating a network of other library professionals to reach out to when you need to learn something new

Who Should Attend

All are welcome, including recent library school graduates, managers of recent library school graduates, and those who want to reflect on their library school education. 


Kellie Barbato is the Director of Lineberger Memorial Library at the Columbia, SC campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Prior to this role, she served as Access Services Librarian at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Outreach Librarian at Roberts Wesleyan College. Her MLS is from the State University of New York at Buffalo and she is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership from Northeastern Seminary.

Nariné Bournoutian is the Systems and Electronic Resources Librarian at the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library at Columbia University. Prior to this role, she served as the library’s Head of Continuing Resources and Collection Maintenance. Nariné has an MLIS from Kent State University.

Laura Haynes serves as Annex Collections Assistant at Binghamton University. She earned her MSLIS and MS in the History of Art and Design from Pratt Institute. She is passionate about critical information literacy and art and music collections.




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