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Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Summer 2006) 7(2). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v07n02/spencer_b01.htm.
We describe a pre-professional development program for library school graduate assistants that helped participants learn career survival skills, gave them an overview of academic librarianship, and encouraged networking. Many intern or graduate assistant programs have focused on primary job training, but we know of few other assistantship programs featuring pre-professional development sessions on career survival skills like writing a CV or crafting a poster session. We discuss the structure, topics, and results of our program and provide suggestions for creating similar programs at other academic libraries.