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.

Keynote Announcement: Meredith Farkas

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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Registration information coming early January, 2021. 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. Registration information will follow.