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The New Librarian Resident Award has been awarded from 2009-2015 thus far. The impact of the award on recipients has been profound. As described by past recipients the award is a career starter that has allowed past recipients to hone their skills and develop a deeper understanding of librarianship that is meaningful to them. Read below how past recipients have benefited from the award.

It’s not just career starter; it’s a life changer!

Chris Landry
2015 OCULA New Librarian Resident
Scholarly Communications Librarian & Digital Projects Office

“The biggest impact the NLRA has had on my career was providing the opportunity to develop a substantial project at an institution. Creating and performing a scholarly communications role in an institution like OCAD U, which includes studio-based creative disciplines, is unique. Doing this work allowed me to share what I’ve done and learned at conferences which have further led to networking opportunities that support my role. This would likely not have been possible through a short internship or a summer student contract. To me, the opportunity the NLRA provides means the difference between simply doing library work and being an information professional.”

Caleb Domsy
2014 OCULA New Librarian
Resident

Digital Learning Librarian
Humber College

“The biggest impact the NLRA has had on my career was providing the opportunity to develop a substantial project at an institution. Creating and performing a scholarly communications role in an institution like OCAD U, which includes studio-based creative disciplines, is unique. Doing this work allowed me to share what I’ve done and learned at conferences which have further led to networking opportunities that support my role. This would likely not have been possible through a short internship or a summer student contract. To me, the opportunity the NLRA provides means the difference between simply doing library work and being an information professional.”

Lydia Tsai
2012 OCULA New Librarian
Resident
User Experience and eLearning Librarian
Seneca College

I have always wanted to be an academic librarian because I see academic libraries not only as hubs of information, but also as bastions of innovation and inspiration. When I found out about the OCULA New Librarian Residency, I knew it would be an invaluable opportunity to help me transition from “student” to “librarian” with the support of great mentors. My coaches and colleagues both at my home institution and within the OCULA community at large have been no less than passionate, dedicated, forward-thinking role models. I am grateful that due to my position as resident I have been able to work closely with leaders in my field and benefit from their experience and advice.

On top of its focus on mentorship, the New Librarian Residency is also unique because it commits to creating a dynamic experience for the resident. I have been given the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to a greater variety of projects than I would be able to expect from a traditional internship or entry-level position. As I move forward in my career, I am confident that the New Librarian Residency has provided me with a toolkit, skill set, and perspective that will prepare me to tackle new challenges and reach new horizons.

“The NLRA allowed me to transition from student to professional with the invaluable support and mentorship of leaders in my field. I was able to learn and explore confidently, knowing that I could rely on my mentors for guidance any time I had questions. I was encouraged to jump in and try many different things – this allowed me to gain a diverse skillset and helped me determine the areas of librarianship that I would want to focus on later in my career. ”

Eva Stepanian
2011 OCULA New Librarian Resident

Scholarly Communications Librarian & Digital Projects Office

“The biggest impact the NLRA has had on my career was providing the opportunity to develop a substantial project at an institution. Creating and performing a scholarly communications role in an institution like OCAD U, which includes studio-based creative disciplines, is unique. Doing this work allowed me to share what I’ve done and learned at conferences which have further led to networking opportunities that support my role. This would likely not have been possible through a short internship or a summer student contract. To me, the opportunity the NLRA provides means the difference between simply doing library work and being an information professional.”

Paula Cardozo
2010 OCULA New Librarian Resident

Reference and Information Services Librarian
Nipissing University/Canadore College

The Ontario College and University Library Association’s New Librarian Residency Award gave me the opportunity to work on a number of fascinating projects that facilitated my development. The diversity of projects and the opportunity for me to take a deep dive into everything librarianship has grounded me in my calling to the profession. That is, I can definitively match my passion to practice librarianship with the satisfaction of having done so.

I am deeply grateful to the Ontario College and University Library Association for sustaining the New Librarian Residency Award. I knew I had made the right choice to pursue librarianship while studying Library and Information Science. However, it is because of the OCULA New Librarian Residency Award that I can call myself a librarian.

“The biggest impact of the NLRA on my career was the opportunity it created for me as a new graduate. I was able to make the transition from part-time library work as student into full-time library work as a librarian. The NLRA guaranteed my opportunity to get the essential first year of employment as a librarian.”

Monica Rettig
2009 OCULA New Librarian
Resident

eLearning/Liaison 

Brock University

The NLRA provided support and incentive for an academic library to create a position in a then-emerging area, and provided a ‘foot in the door’ for a brand new MLIS graduate. In addition, I benefited from the support of OCULA council as an ex-officio member: this provided me with the opportunity to build a network of great librarians I’ve leaned on many times over the years, and encouraged me to get involved with professional organizations (I was the SuperConference co-planner in 2013). I’m hugely grateful for the NLRA and its sponsors, since it provided me with the opportunity to prove myself and eventually win long-term employment at a great employer like Brock.

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I’m hugely grateful for the NLRA and its sponsors, since it provided me with the opportunity to prove myself and eventually win long-term employment at a great employer like Brock.
Monica Rettig, eLearning/Liaison Librarian, Brock University