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Colleen & Heather at the Empirical Librarians Conference – “It Rocked”

The 2023 Empirical Librarians Conference (EmpLibs) took place on March 9 & 10 at Virginia Commonwealth University Monroe Park Campus in Richmond, VA. With the last conference in 2021, organizers and participants were eager to reconnect with each other and share “research supported and done by librarians…” which happens to be the conference motto. This... more

Morgan & Summer at SOUCABL

Over Spring Break, Summer and I attended the annual Southern Conference of Academic Business Librarians (SOUCABL) at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. This is, as the name suggests, a very “boutique” conference – with a narrow focus and familiar faces regularly attending. It’s also (in)famous within the Business Librarian community for being the... more

Carol at ER&L and Charleston

Last week I attended the virtual version of the ER&L Conference. There was a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions (and eventually recordings of the live sessions). Since I dedicated all of Spring Break week to it, I’ve already seen everything interesting. By contrast I attended the much larger Charleston Conference in-person in November, which... more

Leslie at MLA 2023

Another joint meeting of the Music Library Association and the Theatre Library Association this year, with a program rich in interdisciplinary and DEI topics. In a session titled “Beyond the Land Acknowledgement,” we learned about the contributions Native Americans have made to the literatures libraries collect. Graduates of the notorious boarding schools pursued professional careers... more

Lauren at ER&L 2023

Scan for your angle: AI, UX, Open Access (ILL impacts), privacy (Open Athens helps), finding library resources via Google, e-resource librarian vacancies in 2022…. So many angles got covered at the E-Resources & Libraries Annual Conference this week! A lot of people might want to know just one thing! Carol and I both attended and... more

Rodrigo at the 2022 (which took place in 2023) Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC)

The 2022 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) took place in Tampa, Florida. Although the conference ran from February 8 through February 12, I attended the first 3 full days. The first session I attended ran from 8:30am to 3:30pm, and focused on the role of outreach initiatives to promote equitable, diverse, and inclusive... more

ZSR Recognitions for February 2023

The ZSR Recognitions: Thank a Colleague! program provides an opportunity for employees to submit a note of thanks to their colleagues. These can be for going above and beyond, helping a job get done, general appreciation, or any reason thanks can be given! Here are those who’ve been recognized in the past month. Barry Davis... more

Roz at Social Science FOO Camp 2023

Back in the fall I got a mysterious invitation in my inbox to a conference called “Social Science FOO Camp” taking place at Meta in Menlo Park, CA. I was a bit mystified but intrigued and when I looked into it a bit more, it turns out it was co-hosted by SAGE Publishing and that... more

When was mentorship impactful to us?

The benefits of having a mentor ranges from receiving valuable feedback, encouraging you to sharpen or learn new skills, and even praise and support. In this installment from the Mentoring Committee, we will each share a particular moment when having a mentor was impactful to us. How has mentorship strongly affected you? Please feel free... more

What We’re Working On: Amanda Foster Kaufman

As National Mentoring Month draws to an end, we are happy to feature Amanda Foster Kaufman, ZSR’s Learning and Instructional Services Librarian. Amanda elaborately shares how she has collaborated with co-authors to bridge two different Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) conference paper presentations into peer-reviewed articles. One was 2017-2020. The other is currently... more