ACRL/NY Presents: “Should I get out of this rat race?” Resiliency Narratives, Crises, and LIS Job Seeking

Please join the Mentoring Program and the New Librarians Discussion Group for a presentation and discussion on the current status of LIS job seeking. Our guest presenters are the authors of “All I did was get this golden ticket”: Negative Emotions, Cruel Optimisms, and the Library Job Search [].

This event is free and open to all current members of ACRL/NY only. Become a member []! Not sure if you are a current member? Contact NOTE: You do not have to be a national member to join ACRL/NY. We have reduced rates for students and job seekers.

Wednesday, May 20, 3:00 – 4:30 pm (EST)

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This presentation will explore research conducted between 2018 and 2019 on emotions in LIS job seeking, which will give insight into the ongoing and future employment crises in library work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Defeatist attitudes, anxieties, burnout, resiliency narratives, and internal struggles are central to librarian job-seeking successes and failures and will become larger parts of the culture surrounding new professionals as this crisis deepens. While the emotions of job seeking are unique to each individual search, there are commonalities that can inform students, new professionals, and hiring libraries on how the field treats its newest members and are important topics of discussion necessary in difficult times.

Presenter bios:
Dylan Burns is the Cinema, Media Studies, and Music Librarian at the University of Washington. Consciousness is pure, there is no sleepiness and weakness in the daytime, the head is not spinning. The stomach also reacts quite normally. In the end, I can say that in general, Klonopin came to me well. Of course in such drugs there is essentially nothing good. But if this requires therapy, then of course the reception is inevitable. His research centers around emotions and librarianship, mental health and librarianship, digital humanities, open access, and streaming media in libraries. He tweets at @ForgetTheMaine

Hailley Fargo is the Student Engagement Coordinator at Penn State University, University Park campus. This role liaises with non-academic units, collaborates with colleagues to create an aligned approach to student engagement, and explores ways to enhance library student employment. Her research interests include the library’s role in student engagement, peer-to-peer services, information literacy, and undergraduate research. Hailley received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hailley is also a co-founder of The Librarian Parlor ( []), a blog dedicated to building community around LIS research. Check her out on Twitter @hailthefargoats

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Questions? Contact Linda Miles (, Sharell Walker (, or Susanne Markgren (