The Journal of New Librarianship (http://www.newlibs.org) seeks short columns (500 to 1000 words) that explore, examine, and discuss issues surrounding the New Generation of Librarianship, wherein the “new generation” is broadly conceived to include any person who is new to the field, regardless of age, background, etc.
We invite works examining the issues faced by the new generation of librarians, across all fields of librarianship. Topics could include, but are not limited to: efforts advancing accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion; experiences of librarians of color; critical librarianship; international experiences and perspectives; succession planning, hiring, and retention; experiences and impact of early- and second-career librarians who have recently joined the profession. The full series of previously published column pieces can be found throughout the journal’s archives at: https://newlibs.org/index.php/jonl/issue/archive
The column series, begun in 2017, was created to provide a venue through which changes and challenges faced by new librarians can be addressed, explored, and discussed. Librarians work in an ever-changing field. They must respond to new patron needs and developing technologies, while also operating within institutions that are continuously reshaping themselves to meet unexpected demands. These changes promise considerable and exciting developments in the library profession, though they also mean that early-career librarians face new and unique challenges. Those who have only recently joined the profession—whether directly out of graduate school, or from other career paths—will encounter challenges, opportunities, and experiences unlike those of previous generations. Changing demographics and new career trajectories within librarianship itself similarly ensure that entering librarians bring unique perspectives, approaches, and skills into the profession.
Contributors interested in writing a short column should complete our submission form, providing a summary of your proposal: https://forms.gle/ZZhc3QTpi959Xax68
Full-length peer-reviewed research articles on this subject are also welcome, and can be submitted here: https://newlibs.org/index.php/jonl/author-submissions