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Guidelines for Creating a Self-Directed Training Program for the New Reference Librarian: A Framework and Checklist of Activities

WithJody Condit Fagan

Although surveys of entry-level reference librarians have revealed that holding a Master of Library Science degree does not guarantee instant success at the reference desk, a majority of academic libraries do not have formal training programs. This article describes a framework for designing a self-directed training program for the entry-level reference librarian and lists examples of goals and activities to include in such a program. Hopefully, supervisors will continue formal orientation and training efforts and support and encourage self-directed long-term training as well. [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-342-9678, E-mail address: <[email protected]> Website:>]