Authenticity & Self-Expression in the Library Profession

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2018 ALA NMRT President’s Program

Authenticity & Self-Expression in the Library Profession

Friday, 6/22 from 1-4PM

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The New Members Round Table (NMRT) President’s Program at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference will explore authenticity in the library profession. This preconference workshop will examine the NMRT Presidential theme “You Belong Here” by considering how the library profession can create more inclusive environments that address imposter syndrome and encourage individuals to bring their whole selves to their work. As a discussion-based workshop, we will examine the tension between self-expression and externally defined ideas of “professionalism” in the library workplace. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!


  • Elisandro Cabada, Engineering and Innovation Librarian, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Abigail Leigh Phillips, Postdoctoral Fellow, Utah State University
  • Marian Royal, District Libraries Coordinator, Albuquerque Public Schools District Library Services
  • Shaundra Walker, Interim Library Director, Georgia College and State University

Contact Information

  • Dani Brecher Cook
    • NMRT President’s Program Co-Chair
    • Director of Teaching and Learning
    • University of California-Riverside Libraries
  • Madison Sullivan
    • NMRT President’s Program Co-Chair
    • Business Research and Instruction Librarian
    • University of Washington