Yesterday, Melissa Mallon wrapped up her tenure as an ACRLog contributor. In her final post she summarizes some of the most important lessons she’s learned during her first year as an academic librarian. I’m paraphrasing here, but her list looks something like this:
- Don’t be afraid to reach out to colleagues
- Don’t underestimate your students
- “Try [fill in the blank] at least once!”
- Build you interest in publishing gradually through blogs, newsletters, and reviews
- Take advantage of free online professional development
Fair enough; but how about we use this as a moment to pause. There are a number of you who are just beginning your second year as a resident. So, what have you learned? What do you know now that you wish you knew 9 months ago? What advice would you offer for people just starting their residency?
I have some thoughts, but I’d like to hear your ideas first…