Tuesday February 23 to Thursday February 25, 2021

The pandemic has created an environment of ambiguity and changeability, and through it all librarians are finding new ways to reach and serve their communities. Join us as library professionals from around the continent discuss how they are using virtual reference services to increase access, forge partnerships, drive equity, and foster engagement -- all when planning for more than a week ahead can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

*This conference will use Zoom. We encourage attendees to download the zoom client or attend via web browser version.

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Resisting Achievement Culture with Slow Librarianship
Meredith Farkas had achieved more by age thirty than she'd expected in her whole career, yet she never felt like she was doing enough. She didn't realize at the time that she was chasing something that could never come from career achievement: a feeling of enoughness. Meredith will share the ways achievement culture turns organizations toxic, encourages overwork, and keeps people chasing external validation. Slow librarianship presents an approach that rejects achievement culture and focuses on values-driven work, process over product, and gratitude-focused reflective practice. This presentation will explore strategies to support well-being, inspire workplace empowerment, and spark career clarity.

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Thank you

We’d like to take the time to thank every one of our attendees who made the 2021 2021 North American Virtual Refence Conference a special one! While this event is now closed you can still take time to tell us how we did by filling this survey.

The recordings and slides will be available on our website starting on Monday March 1st, 2021.

A special thank you also goes to all our fantastic speakers who despite being on different time zones in Canada and the USA were more than happy to get involved! Also, we would like to say a particular thank you to our keynote speaker, Meredith Farkas, who really helps us start the conference this year with good vibes and a great lifestyle to adopt.

Again, thank you all for attending the 2021 North American Virtual Reference Conference.


Registration is closed!

Join us for 25 breakout sessions over three days on topics such as tiered reference services, transitioning online services in the time of a pandemic, maintaining work-life balance, collaborative chat services, outreach services, and much more. All sessions will be recorded and made available on this website under Programs about a week after the conference. Zoom session links will be made available the day of the conference via Sched and emailed to attendees if they selected sessions via Sched.

Call for proposal

The North American Virtual Reference Conference has closed the proposal submission form at this time. Please look for information on our sessions, presenters, and keynote by early January.