Early Career Librarians: Using the Strength of Community to Support EDIA in Our Work
Within research and knowledge sharing institutions, there is an increasing focus on improving equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). New graduates and early career librarians are often asked how they integrate EDIA into their work, without necessarily having had the experience to address this fully. A panel of white, settler, early career librarians on the 2SLGBTQIA+ spectrum will discuss how they are dealing with multiple priorities while addressing the needs of diverse users, and how they view community support as a tool to develop their understanding of EDIA in life and work. The session will also include an interactive component in which the attendees will be able to share their own early career experiences and how they rely on community support within and outside of their areas of expertise. Topics may include: increasing discoverability of research and publications produced by BIPOC knowledge creators; interrogating the knowledge production and peer review process; identifying unconscious bias in our work; integrating EDIA into existing materials; developing a community of support; identifying mentors; considering the impact of EDIA work on employability, promotion, and tenure; support in the workplace vs. social/external support.