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The organizing committee for the New Librarians Symposium (NLS) invite you
to submit a lightning talk proposal for our event, happening on Friday, May
24th, 2019 at Ryerson University.

Lightning talks are 7 minute presentations followed by 3 minutes of
questions. Last year we asked NLS presenters and attendees to engage in
difficult conversations to challenge cultural norms of librarianship. The
theme of this year’s New Librarian Symposium is The Act of Doing
Librarianship. What does it look like to “do librarianship” currently and
what will it look like in the future? How exactly does one perform
librarianship within different contexts (such as public libraries,
archives, academic libraries, or special libraries)? What does
librarianship look like when one works outside of a library? How do
personal politics and perspectives shape and define our work and the ways
that we do it? What does it mean to resist, subvert, or adhere to the
latent and manifest expectations and conventions of the profession? What
does librarianship mean?

Submissions should take a critical approach to this topic and address
issues not discussed at other conferences in the field. Proposals from
people of colour, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities are strongly
encouraged. We would like to see as many diverse voices and perspectives as

Ideas for lightning talks may include, but are not limited to:


   Navigating systems and relationships of privilege, power, and politics

   Working in a profession dominated by whiteness when you are a person of

   Pushing back against or dealing with racism, microaggressions, and bias

   Participating in professional opportunities or scholarly conversations
   while working in a public or special library

   Being involved in professional opportunities or scholarly conversations
   while working in a non-librarian role

   Exploring the limitations and/or benefits of working in a non-librarian

   Enacting work/life balance while working in precarious positions

   Interrogating and responding to vocational awe

   Challenging the narrative of risk and reward for new professionals and
   exploring the impact and implications of risk-taking

   Challenging narratives of “doing more with less”

   Understanding and working through imposter syndrome, perfectionism, and
   the demands of the profession

   Participating in mentoring programs and relationships from the
   perspective of a mentee

   Building and maintaining our communities of practice and support

Interested? Complete this Google submission form
<> by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5th,

It is anticipated there will be 10 lightning talk spots on the program.
It’s our hope that these presenters will be a varied cross-section of
participants with diverse perspectives, positions, and experiences.
Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, April 19th, 2019.

If you have any questions about format or the suitability of a topic,
please contact a member of the organizing committee (Ali Versluis at
[log in to unmask], Melanie Cassidy at [log in to unmask], or Hana
Storova at [log in to unmask]). You can find out more information about
the NLS by visiting the event website