Call for Proposals
Are you interested in the future of kids and teens in libraries? Come connect with LIS students and share your knowledge and skills. iYouth will be hosting the annual 2021 Spring Youth Librarianship Conference virtually, on Friday, May 7th from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT and we would love to hear from you!
The conference is soliciting presentations from professionals and students interested in or working in the field of youth librarianship.
Youth librarianship is rapidly changing in the face of COVID-19 closures. It has pushed youth librarians to create programming in creative and innovative ways, re-examine how our organizations can provide equitable access, and develop practices that keep the safety of not only ourselves in mind, but also the patrons that we serve.
We are most interested in accepting proposals that push the boundaries of social justice, equity, and diversity in youth librarianship, and we would love to hear presentations related to topics such as:
Libraries in Youth Detention Centers
Library Services to Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Outreach Programs for Underrepresented Groups
Diverse Employee Hiring and Retention in Youth Librarianship
Building Community Partnerships with Youth Organizations
Approaches to Virtual Programming
How to Get a Job in Youth Librarianship
Bookmobiles and Using Alternative Spaces for Library Services
Advocacy for Youth in Libraries
The Practical Experience of Being a Youth Librarian
Sharing #ownvoices BIPOC Books and Media in Library Programming
We will also be hosting a Q&A Panel and would love for you to consider signing up if you are working in a youth librarian position. This panel will last for one hour and will include questions from the audience.
To sign up to present at the conference (students and professionals) or to join the Q&A panel (for folks working in the field already,) please fill out this Google form by Friday, April 2 and we will be in touch shortly. Thank you so much for your interest and consideration!
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