CFP: “The Power of New Voices” – Rare Books and Manuscripts – ACRL Conference 2020

Call for Papers: The Power of New Voices (Lightning Round Talks) 2020 RBMS Conference: Power, Resistance, and Leadership Bloomington, Indiana, June 23-26, 2020 

The RBMS Membership & Professional Development (M&PD) and Scholarships Committees invite new and emerging special collections professionals to submit proposals for “The Power of New Voices,” a panel session to be held at the upcoming RBMS 2020 Conference. 

“The Power of New Voices” will consist of approximately 8 lightning round talks (7 minutes each) by students, recent graduates, new professionals, and/or past RBMS scholarship recipients. Talks must address the 2020 RBMS conference theme “Power, Resistance, and Leadership” and should relate to special collections and/or archives practice and related research. 

Possible topics include: 

● critical engagement with the profession 

● equity, inclusion, and diversity 

● cultural competencies 

● community partnerships 

● professional and paraprofessional relations 

● power dynamics within the profession and our organizations 

● making invisible labor visible 

● political organizing and advocacy work 

● subversiveness 

● empowerment 

● management and leadership (early career perspectives) 

Open to students in MLIS or Master’s programs leading to a career in special collections librarianship; new and emerging professionals (5 years’ post Master’s degree); and past RBMS scholarship recipients from 2016-2019. Priority will be given to individuals presenting at RBMS for the first time. This is an excellent opportunity for those new to the profession to gain experience presenting a conference paper in a casual and supportive environment. 

Please submit an abstract of 250 words by January 3, 2020 to session co-organizers, Meghan Constantinou (Scholarships Committee) and Gina Nortonsmith (M&PD Committee) at Abstracts should include name, email address, and institutional or professional affiliation (if applicable). Applicants should also indicate the stage of their career and whether they are a past RBMS scholarship recipient. We encourage applicants to contact us with questions about the session or putting together a proposal. For more information on the RBMS 2020 conference, please visit the conference website,

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