We Are All Professionals: Inclusion, Othering, and the Changing Nature of Library Roles
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 (1pm - 2pm US/Central)
Automation, transition away from print, and shrinking staffs have resulted in major transitions in library assistant roles over the past few decades. Highly routinized work is disappearing; deep skills in process and project management, problem-solving, and supervision are the norm. Yet in many workplaces’ library assistants continue to be treated as a separate class of workers, and persistent attitudes about "paraprofessionals" and their work abound. In this webinar, we will discuss the changing nature of the typical library assistant, illuminate the ways that othering these colleagues can create a discouraging work environment, and articulate a vision for moving past this bifurcation to a future where the knowledge and expertise of all colleagues is valued, respected, and celebrated.
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