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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 possible.


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


Interested? Complete this Google submission form by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5th, 2019.


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.