Vol. 8 No. 2 (2023): Journal of New Librarianship
Peer Reviewed Articles

Academic Librarians’ Participation in Non-Library Conferences

Hannah Chapman Tripp
University of Texas at Austin
Roxanne Bogucka
University of Texas at Austin
Andrea S. Cato
University of Texas at Austin

Published 2023-11-05


  • non-library conferences,
  • professional development,
  • continuing education

How to Cite

Chapman Tripp, H., Bogucka, R., & Cato, A. (2023). Academic Librarians’ Participation in Non-Library Conferences. Journal of New Librarianship, 8(2), 138–156. https://doi.org/10.33011/newlibs/14/11


This study investigates librarian attendance at non-library conferences (NLCs), such as subject-specific conferences, by surveying librarians about attendance, the characteristics of those who attend, why they attend, how they participate, and more. Among the questionnaire respondents, the most likely attendees are STEM liaisons from doctoral universities. While the responses to attending NLCs were broadly positive, the richest data obtained from the study was from a freeform response to a question about perceived benefits/flaws about attending NLCs. Many respondents cited the value of keeping up with trends in the non-library field, improved patron interaction, and getting out of the library silo. The few respondents who reported downsides to attending NLCs mentioned costs, time commitment, and relevance of content. We affirm the value of NLCs and share suggestions for increasing the prevalence of and support for attendance by formally and informally sharing experiences with other librarians.