Thursday, May 22, 2014

Call for Panelists at ALA Annual 2014: ACRL NMDG: “The Stories We Tell: Academic Librarians and Identity”

Call for Panelists at ALA Annual 2014: ACRL NMDG:  “The Stories We Tell: Academic Librarians and Identity”
Date/Time:  Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:30-11:30
Room:  Bally Palace 5

How do we begin to describe the professional identity of academic librarians? What are the stories we tell about ourselves to our users, our institutions, and especially to each other? Do these stories provide a view that is multidimensional and reflective of the racial and ethnic diversity of our field and the users we serve?

This year, the ACRL New Members Discussion Group is teaming up with the creators of Librarian Wardrobe to discuss the shared stories of academic librarianship: ones that reflect our view of ourselves, our professional identities, and professional stereotypes.

We are looking for two panelists to join Sarah Steiner and Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, two of the authors featured in the forthcoming 2014 book, The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work, for an informal discussion on professional identity in academic libraries. This panel will be geared toward new members and new academic librarians and so whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, we encourage you to apply.

If you are interested in speaking on this panel (the format will be roundtable discussion), please complete the submission form available at:

Submissions will be accepted until June 2, 2014 and all candidates will be notified whether they were selected by June 6, 2014.

Tyler Dzuba, John Jackson, and Elizabeth Psyck
Co-Conveners for the ACRL New Members Discussion Group

John M. Jackson
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Wardman Library, Whittier College