Our proposed theme is “Collaborate, Deviate, Innovate”. This theme is presented through a Venn diagram indicating the nexus of librarianship involving these three core ideas.

For NLS9 we want to inspire, motivate and challenge students, new graduates and new librarians to get involved, work together and be creative. We want our presenters to share how they have achieved/are achieving their career goals and provide practical examples of collaboration, innovation and how they have deviated from the norm. We want attendees to get ideas and practical tools, meet people and go back to their workplaces ready to take action.

In the current technological climate, collaboration and innovation are inherent to ways of working and living. Generating ideas for innovating comes from thinking differently, deviating from traditional paths and challenging standard operating practices.  NLS9 will look at how we can bring fresh ideas to our careers, develop adaptive skills, collaborate beyond the workplace and create networks to support our career development.

We want our attendees to leave the Symposium imbued with possibilities. We want there to be ideas for attendees at every stage of their journey to becoming a library professional.