After rethinking and redefining the N and the S, the NLS6 committee can’t help but also examine the L that might – or might not – be part of your degree name, your job title, or your workplace description. That might define you in the eyes of your clients. That might inform your current or future career directions. L: Librarian.
While we’re keeping the L in NLS6 we are also acutely aware that many of us don’t work in ‘libraries’ or as ‘librarians’. We are also data managers, knowledge workers, information architects. Archivists, learning officers, research specialists. Let alone the specialisations that exist within any of these branches and the countless others that make up the library and information professions. The lines between these roles are blurrier than ever and, in my opinion at least, it is at the intersections and emergences – and all the glorious debate and messiness therein – of these paths that the really interesting questions about our fundamental professional goals, identities and practices lie.
The NLS6 Organising Committee reflects the diversity of the information professions. And we’re really keen to make sure the complexities and challenges of the evolving professional landscape are reflected in a diverse and inclusive program. NLS6 will be an NLS for all library and information professionals, not just the big ‘L’ librarians. We also want to make sure to highlight the opportunities and crossovers between the different facets of the sector; who knows, you might just discover a new passion and future career!
Do you think of yourself as a ‘librarian’? Where do you think the different roles diverge, and where do they meet?