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Friday, March 13 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Stranger Things: When Early-Career Librarians Engage the Unknown and Roll for Perception

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A group of early-career librarians approach a dark cavern. It is off the well-traveled path and exudes a mysterious aura. With only hope as their strategy, they roll for Perception. But wait...do any of them have high Wisdom scores? Do they even know how to play this game? Were they ever taught??

Approaching new projects can be a daunting task for early-career librarians, especially when those projects are not reflective of an assigned Class (i.e. cataloger, instructor, data services librarian) or a preferred area of interest. In this series of lightning talks, a group of new players will discuss how they tackled responsibilities and initiatives that were outside of their usual realms of expertise, and advanced through their campaign regardless.

But boy howdy, hot damn, there's more! Audience participation is a key feature of this session. Taking inspiration from the drawings of the Upside Down tunnels created by Will Byers in Stranger Things 2, audience members will take a dabble in cartography by drawing maps of each librarian's journey and noting the choices and decisions made in those journeys. While the speakers are describing uncharted territory, the audience will be charting that territory for them, using paper, crayons, and colored pencils.

To top it off, faciliated small-group and large-group discussions will follow the lightning talks and mapmaking, as these invividual stories become part of the larger story of how to best support early-career librarians confronting the unknown.

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Russel Peterson

Research and Instructional Services Librarian, The University of Alabama Libraries
My role includes instruction for First Year Writing students, collection development and outreach to the Modern Languages department and the Capstone Center for Student Success, and reference for pretty much everybody! Talk to me about critical pedagogies, first generation college... Read More →
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Abbie Holmes

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Middle Georgia State University
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Brittany Kester

Education Librarian, University of Florida

Leah Worthington

Digital Projects Librarian, College of Charleston

Designated Notetaker
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Linnea Minich

Information Literacy Librarian, University of the South
Information Literacy Librarian at The University of the SouthI'm an early career librarian who has worked for years teaching First-Year English. I would love to talk to others in similar situations. I'm interested in critical information literacy and bringing fantasy and sci-fi into... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Crystal Holiday Inn Downtown, 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902