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Uprooted, Nomadic, & Displaced

Mar 1, 2023


Event Summary

Library and information science careers are taking some of its workers all across the nation for new roles. These trajectories promise career growth, new opportunities, and some of the time, enviable salaries. However, while professional skills are gained and networks are broadened, these moves can be accompanied by loss, hardship, and challenges, too. In this webinar, panelists will discuss their professional journeys and perspectives based on what they have learned thus far in the many places they have been– among them: Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Vermont, and Virginia. Be encouraged to read Katrina Spencer’s Uprooted, Nomadic, and Displaced: The Unspoken Costs of the Upward Climb in advance of the webinar to be most informed about the themes to be covered, and bring your questions, which will be shared with panelists during the last 30 minutes.



Katrina Spencer (she or they) works as the Librarian for African American & African Studies at the University of Virginia, an institution built on land stewarded by the Monacan Nation. Katrina is the author of “Uprooted, Nomadic, and Displaced: The Unspoken Costs of the Upward Climb” and has worked in library and information science for about 7 years. She will moderate this event.

Lorin Jackson (she/they) is the Executive Director of the Region 2 Regional Medical Library, which is part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) and is located at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). MUSC is in Charleston, South Carolina where the original people include the Etiwan, Kiawah, Santee, Edisto, Nachez-Kusso, and Wassamassaw people. Previously, Lorin was a Research & Instruction Resident Librarian at Swarthmore College.

Alonso Avila (he/his) is the Information Literacy and Student Success Librarian at Oberlin College which is situated on the land of the Erie and Haudenosaunee Confederacies and the signers of the 1805 Treaty of Fort Industry. Previously, Alonso was a resident librarian at the University of Iowa.

Tarida Anantachai (she/her) is the Director, Inclusion & Talent Management at the NC State University Libraries, which resides on land stewarded by the Tuscarora and Catawba Nations. Tarida entered the field as a Resident Librarian, and has held various public services and leadership roles before transitioning into her current position.

Mimosa Shah (she/her) is Associate Curator at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, which is situated on the traditional and ancestral land of the Massachusett Tribe. She began her post-MLIS career as a resident librarian in October 2022, and prior to this, worked in museums, a public library, and at various community-based and nonprofit organizations in and around Chicago, Illinois.