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Recent graduates and early career LIS folk, take note! The organizing
committee for the New Librarian Symposium (NLS) encourage you to submit a
lightning talk proposal for our annual event, happening online on June 11,

Library and archive workers face multifaceted and complex labour issues,
many of which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Additionally, the year
2020 has seen protests and increased action against state violence, eroded
social services and community supports, and funding cuts for many
organizations. These developments have highlighted the growing disconnect
between services provided by libraries and what is expected from their
communities, whether they happen to be students, members of the public,
researchers, or administrators.

The theme of this year’s New Librarian Symposium is Libraries and Labour:
Organizing for Action. This year, we would like to interrogate what labour
challenges the profession currently faces. What questions do you want to
explore around labour, working conditions, and power structures? What does
action look like for you, in the context of your role or organization? How
are current provincial, statewide, or federal governments impacting labour?
What are the most pressing labour issues our profession or its
organizations need to address in order to survive? What does labour mean to
you and how do you engage in asserting or fighting for your rights?

Submissions should take a critical approach to this topic, and address
issues not discussed at other conferences in the field. Proposals from
BIPOC and LGBTQ folks, as well as people with disabilities are strongly
encouraged. Applicants are welcome to self-identify where they feel
comfortable doing so. We would like to see as many diverse voices and
perspectives as possible.

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


   Labour unions and their service to their membership

   Power structures and their influence on early career professionals

   The impact of a global pandemic on expectations around service and job

   Civil rights advocacy from within/without a stable position or union

   Precarious employment and labour

   Interrogating employer rhetoric around labour, worker rights, work-life
   balance, and wellness

   The influence of organizational health on individual workers and service

   Personal stories about getting engaged in labour issues and why this
   work matters

   Library leadership and labour

   Caregiving, work-life balance, and their intersections with labour

   Emotional labour, hope labour, or other forms of invisibilized labour

   Contract / collective agreement negotiations

   Academic status and the implications for labour

   (In)equity and salary negotiation

Proposals should be submitted by March 5th, 2021. The event is scheduled
for June 11, 2021 and will take place online. For more information about
the event, including the submission form, please visit

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