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What’s New in Open Shelf? is a Table of Contents of sorts. Open Shelf publishes when we have compelling new material. Every two weeks is our plan.
In this release we feature a special issue on the New Librarians Symposium held in June 2016.
Sometimes a particular meeting or conference taps into seam that is insightful and revealing. These events come around at just the right time to address a latent issue; an issue that has, perhaps, been misunderstood or neglected. Such was the case with the New Librarians Symposium.
From the conference website:
“This event will not be a didactic or “how to” event, and will not be focused around securing a job. This differentiates it from other events organized by Library and Information Science faculties or associations. The purpose of the event is for new professionals to connect with each other, develop networks, explore potential collaborations, and learn.”
In this special issue Ali Versluis and Juliene McLaughlin, co-organizers of the event, talk about the orgins of the conference, who was there, and reactions and reflections from participants and themselves.
They don’t summarize the content of the conference; instead they reflect on its purpose and meaning. It is a conference debriefing with insights for us all.
And the place to start is with: New Librarians Symposium: Special Issue.
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