Nga Man Wong; Saara Kahkonen; Eunice Ang

Monash Health Library service is actively supporting the development of new health librarians through a Cadetship position open to new or soon-to-be graduate librarians. In this workplace training program, new librarians benefit from a supportive environment that is designed to bridge the gap between education and practice, while managers and the hosting library enjoy the dynamism of fresh perspectives and skills. On a library sector level, the role promotes pathways into health and special libraries and sustainable development of the health library workforce. 


Through five questions this article shares the experience of the people who have lived the program. It includes words from three librarians who have undertaken the training: 

Their words highlight the myriad benefits that workplace-based training brings to individuals, library teams and industry. It is an inspirational story for other libraries who may consider offering workplace training programs.   


The five questions were put to Nga Man, Saara and Eunice. Their answers follow. 


Would you recommend a temporary cadetship placement to other library graduates?  

Did the cadetship change or impact on your career plans? 

What were the biggest benefits for you in undertaking the Cadetship? 

What keywords best describe benefits of the program? 

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Do you have any other comments about the program? 

Key Takeaways 

For learners: 

For managers: 

The experiences described above indicate that the success of workplace training depends as much on the incumbents as the supervisors. From the trainee’s perspective, coming in with an open mind and a willingness to learn positively impacted the experience. Similarly, managers should be flexible in the leadership approach and be prepared to listen to the new librarians to help them explore their ambitions and gain skills that fit their interests.  


This program has positively highlighted the rewarding work undertaken by librarians in health care environments. It celebrates a rich career pathway to current and graduating students of librarianship. In addition, there are benefits for the team and established librarians who also experience the program. We hope that the perspectives shared here encourages new relationships between health libraries and librarianship students.  


In the words of Benjamin Franklin: 

Tell me and I forget 

Teach me and I remember 

Involve me and I learn