Slow Librarianship: A Community Practice

Tuesday, 5/23/2023 - Wednesday, 5/24/2023
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Slow Librarianship is a practice that evolved in response to academic hustle culture but applies to all areas of library work. Julia Glassman coined the term in 2017, and Meredith Farkas, inspired by Julia’s work, has been speaking and writing on the topic since. The term grew at the same time as other social movements, largely in the context of the pandemic. The core idea of valuing quality over quantity is timeless and transcends states of emergency. These values are echoed in societal movements for a better mental health response in workplace culture and within libraries specifically push back against classist notions of service and emotionally- and economically-damaging vocational awe.

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Learning Outcomes

Library workers who attend will:

  • learn about slow librarianship as a practice.
  • reflect on personal values surrounding hustle culture and slow movements.
  • explore ways to incorporate slow librarianship within their own professional context.

Who Should Attend

Any library worker.


Devon Olson, MLIS, AHIP, is a Research and Education Librarian at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her work focuses on information literacy instruction and the role of disciplinary epistemologies in the research practices of health sciences students and practitioners. Devon lives in North Dakota with her husband, Jack, and their helpful pup, River.

As the Online Resources & Services Librarian serving the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences and College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, Jessica D. Gilbert Redman, MLIS, streamlines access to library resources and systems and strives to make processes more efficient and purposeful. She lives in North Dakota with her spouse, Neal, and their muted torbie cat, Rosie.



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