For the past three years the Professional Partners program, sponsored by the CLA Student Chapter at Dalhousie's School of Information Management, has provided an opportunity for library practitioners to share their experiences with library school students. Last year over 25 librarians participated in the program.
Participating librarians are matched with students with similar interests for the duration of the academic year. The program is very flexible, with each pair deciding on their own activities. In previous years these activities have included resume and job hunting advice, meeting for coffee, tours of libraries, and attending meetings and workshops together. There will be a reception to start the program and to give partners an opportunity to meet, and in previous years there has also been an event at the end of the spring term.
The panel presentation on the program at the APLA conference last May was very well attended, and a number of people expressed interest in participating.
Spending time with students is a rewarding experience. It is always useful to keep in touch with what new librarians are thinking and learning, and to see the attitudes and interests they will be bringing to the workplace.
For more information on the program, and a registration form, please visit:
I hope you will consider becoming a Professional Partner this year. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.
Acting Director/Coordinator of User Services
Nova Scotia Provincial Library
3770 Kempt Road
Halifax, NS B3K 4X8
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902.424.2455 902.424.0633 fax