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Just getting started in the profession? Check out these sessions for advice and opportunities to network 

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New Librarians on the Block: Early Career Librarianship, Management, and Leadership
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
New librarians today face challenges which are unique from those experienced by previous generations. This presentation will explore how changing library environments and services affect leadership and management for new library professionals, and the effects on early career librarians in particular. 


Professional Development 101: Get Involved, Get Ahead, and Make a Difference
Sunday 1:00 - 2:00PM
Come join three new library professionals who will talk about getting involved in associations, including their experience with professional development and its impact on their career. They will discuss what challenges they faced, and what rewards they gained from their service. After the presenters, the remainder of the session will be devoted to “birds-of-a-feather” discussion tables led by the speakers. 

Library Residency Road Map
Sunday 2:30 - 3:30PM
Are you looking to uplift the next generation of librarians through mentorship and meaningful employment for early career librarians? This program presented by ACRL’s Residency Interest Group will bring together residency coordinators and both current and former residents to discuss what makes a library residency successful for both the resident and institution. 


Buried in a “Dying” Field: Pessimism, Uncertain Futures, and the LIS job search
Monday 10:30 - 11:30AM​​​​​​​
In 2014, Hiring Librarians, a blog designed to help students and job seekers find jobs in libraries featured a post entitled “Do not go to library school, librarianship is dying.” What does this say about the emotions and affect of the job search? How does the perception of the future of libraries impact MLIS students? How do new professionals and students prepare psychologically for an ever changing field?