Feels Like Begging: Considering the Experiences of First-Generation Professionals
Faculty Presentation

Faculty Conference Presentation

Dr. Anthony Bernier, Dr. Michele Villagran and Camille Hyatt present a panel on:

This panel presents an assessment of current research on the experience of first-generation library professionals and raises new questions about how these experiences might play-out invisibly in the workplace. The panel will discuss the obstacles professionals have surmounted and the challenges they have overcome that are often overlooked by the field. We will broadly consider how libraries might better orient these professionals for success. Special consideration will be given to three general factors. First, the panel will share recent findings from the profession’s largest Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program (San José State University) where between 50-60% of the student body comes from first-generation backgrounds. Second, the panel will discuss the social relationships and cultural backgrounds of first-generation professionals. Finally, the panel will lead open discussion exploring steps libraries might initiate in developing new professionals from first-generation backgrounds.

Presenters: Dr. Anthony Bernier, Dr. Michele Villagran and Camille Hyatt
Date: Friday, June 3, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: Sacramento, CA