Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): Journal of New Librarianship
Peer Reviewed Articles

Librarians Attending Non-Librarian Conferences: Benefits and Preparing to Attend

Amanda Nevius
Tufts University

Published 2022-01-22


  • professional development, interprofessional, conferences, advice, liaison

How to Cite

Nevius, A., Houk, K., Brody, E., Goodman, X., Brown, R., & Andresen, C. (2022). Librarians Attending Non-Librarian Conferences: Benefits and Preparing to Attend. Journal of New Librarianship, 7(1), 39–62. https://doi.org/10.33011/newlibs/11/5


This experience-based opinion piece, authored by a diverse team of librarians, will empower readers to attend non-librarian conferences by acknowledging the benefits and challenges of doing so, along with advice for overcoming these challenges and making the most of this professional development and advocacy opportunity. A review of the literature provides background and support for  Part 1, which discusses the benefits of attending non-librarian conferences, organized into the categories of broadening horizons and advocacy. In Part 2 we give advice for preparation for attending and overcoming challenges. We present Part 2 organized into the following themes: 1) Acquiring time, money, and support, 2) Defending against imposter syndrome, 3) Conference culture differences, and 4) Diversity, inclusion, and allyship. In our conclusion, we offer the opportunity for you to contact any member of the author team for mentorship or advice.