An Invitation to the New Librarianship Symposia

Hi, my name is David Lankes. When I wrote the Atlas of New Librarianship 11 years ago my goal was to start a conversation about librarians, libraries, and their role in helping communities of all sorts make better decisions and help community members find meaning in their lives. Over the past decade that conversation has spread across the globe. It has also grown deeper with passionate new voices adding new perspectives, expertise, and challenges.

It is now time to take stock of what we know now.

I am excited to tell you about a series of international conversations coming up on key issues in librarianship, and you’re invited. Sponsored by The University of South Carolina, The University of Texas at Austin, MIT Press, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, the Library of Congress, the British Library, National Library of the Netherlands, OCLC, URFIST, Enssib, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the American Indian Library Association, and Gigabit Libraries Network these 4 symposia will take on the issues of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Post-neutrality librarianship, international cooperation in libraries, and the development of a new normal agenda for librarian advocacy moving forward.

The four online events will be conversations on these topics with a wide range of global librarians and scholars. The result will be documented in commissioned papers, and help inform a new, updated edition of the Atlas of New Librarianship.

I hope you will add your voice to the conversation as well.

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