Superhero Librarian Roadshow

The Superhero Librarian Roadshow is a workshop run by a team of librarians dedicated to fighting crime encouraging library staff to be loud about their profession. You can read more about the Roadshow below and get a preview of the slides by clicking on the image:

Superhero Librarian Roadshow title slide

Keep this under your hat but we information professionals are not renowned for being loud and proud. Used to promoting our library services, but when it comes to marketing ourselves? Not so much. We want to empower library staff to get out there and engage as scholars – actively looking for opportunities to publish papers, present at conferences and use social media.

This lively and interactive workshop will cover how to write a conference abstract, how to choose an appropriate journal for publication (peer-reviewed or otherwise) and how to start with small scale in-house research projects. Future superhero librarians will also be encouraged to reflect on the scale of pride they feel in their profession and will be given practical tips on how to engage more fully with the professional opportunities offered by social media. The impact of previous Roadshows has been zero to hero. A growing list of pieces published, blogs uploaded and papers delivered, not to mention new converts to Twitter.

Key aims:

  • Attendees will be challenged to rethink their subconscious self-image as knowledge providers, analysing where they stand on the Superhero Scale of Professional Pride
  • Delegates will leave with practical advice on how to become loud and proud by engaging in scholarship through presenting and publishing
  • Library practitioners will feel inspired to buck the stereotype and have the confidence to market themselves and evangelise about their achievements

Download a flyer for the Roadshow.

If you are interested in booking a Roadshow for your local institution/group please get in touch via


Appleton, Leo (2018) Say it loud and say it proud: the librarian approach to being a librarian scholar! Library Connect.

Appleton, Leo, Morris, Wendy and Sewell, Claire (2018) The Superhero Librarian Roadshow: a new way to inspire, engage and develop staff. CONUL Conference.

Morris, Wendy (2017) Superhero librarians are coming: get your capes on. SCONUL Focus 70.

Morris, Wendy (2018) Superhero writing tips for librarians. Academic Writing Librarians.