So you think that NLS6 is only for “new” “librarians”? We’d like to dispel that myth.
We know the title is a bit misleading… But titles aside, NLS is relevant to you, regardless of whether or not you call yourself a librarian, a library technician, an archivist, a researcher, or something in between.
So you’re not a librarian?
In fact, you don’t even work in a library? Don’t panic, neither do we! The NLS6 organising committee is comprised of lecturers, students, research officers, teaching and learning specialists, as well as a few librarians. We represent the diversity of the information professions and we have all brought our diverse interests and expertise to the table in developing the NLS6 program.
You might also be interested to note that our keynote speakers aren’t all librarians. In fact, we deliberately selected keynote speakers from outside librarianship to challenge delegates to ‘be different’. Check out the bios of the keynote speakers to see who they are and a get a sense of what they will offer.
We reflected on this notion of non-librarian-ness in an earlier blog post, and we want to reiterate that NLS6 has a much broader reach than simply those who have librarian in their job title.
Libraries are only one context for information work, and librarians are only one type of information worker. NLS6 has something to offer all types of information workers: data managers, knowledge workers, information architects, archivists, learning officers, research specialists, as well as all 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 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.
There are plenty of people presenting and attending NLS6 who might not necessarily label themselves as a librarian. One of our workshop presenters, Kathryn Greenhill, reflected on this very topic in her August 2012 blog post – Do I still consider myself to be a librarian?
So check out the presenters who are library technicians, people who’ve switched careers and retrained, and get ready to meet project coordinators, data curators and research officers, to name a few non-librarians in the program line-up.
So you aren’t ‘new’ to the profession?
You might be new to your role as a manager. You might be an emerging leader. You might have made a sideways shift into your current role, so are still feeling ‘new’ in that sense. Perhaps you’re a library technician who just qualified as a librarian and you’re looking forward to the next phase in your career. Or you might be reimagining your career and looking for inspiration. With our focus on leadership, the future, and being different, NLS has something for you.
If you are worried that you haven’t finished studying or haven’t got a job in a library yet – don’t be! There are a lot of students registered for NLS6 – after all, this is a great way to start building a strong network in the industry. We have special student rates and we think this will be a fantastic introduction (or initiation) into the ‘library’ world.
Historically NLS has been targeted at recent graduates, and we have developed a program that will appeal to new professionals and people who’ve been in the profession for a little while and are looking to step up to their next challenge. But one of the best things about NLS is that it’s a fabulous networking space because it attracts senior members of the information professions, too. NLS6 has had an unprecedented level of support from senior members of the professions, and we are seeing these people register for the Symposium. If you’re not a new graduate, come to NLS6 to be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of our delegates, come to take advantage of our stellar program, and come to find out who the bright new stars of this profession are.
Not young enough?
NLS is not a conference for ‘bright young things’, it’s a conference for ‘bright information professionals’. You don’t have to be young to attend NLS – in fact, we value the diversity of the age profile NLS attracts. For many of us, ‘librarianship’ is not our first career, and people transitioning into a second or third career have something to offer the rest of us. While the average age of an NLS delegate might be younger than most ALIA or LIANZA conferences, the Symposium attracts a wide spectrum of ages and we love that!
Regardless of what your job title says, there’s plenty to delve into at NLS6
Learn about leadership. Discuss copyright. Find out about using social media effectively. Discover the secrets to successful networking. Investigate collaborative learning opportunities. Be inspired to publish. Think differently about your career, our profession, the world.
Register here to join us and spread your wings with other enthusiastic NLS6 participants.