As we near the end of the first semester, I have more added to my plate than last minute reference questions concerning papers, projects, and presentations. A long time staff member has decided to make a career move to another institution and we will have to hire a replacement. As a result, I have become a member of the search committee to hire a replacement – something which I have never done before. Although graduate school covered hiring practices in my administration & management classes, it has been quite challenging with many promising applicants. The other librarians and older faculty members on staff have been most helpful in the beginning stages of the process. The second challenge that we will be facing as a library staff is a major conversion of our circulation, acquisitions, and cataloging systems. Again, older staff members and librarians at other institutions have been most helpful during the first few weeks on a topic that is not covered in library school. A topic that is not necessarily able to be covered in school, but one of those changes that you can only work through and learn from the experience. The unseen challenges and preparation work make me a little nervous, but once we complete the switch (and hire someone new just before it happens), it will be a learning experience that can be applied again and again in the future.