Program

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast, Registration, Poster Sessions


9:00 am – 9:15 am

Linda Miles, President, ACRL/NY

ACRL/NY President’s Address / Business Meeting


9:15 am – 9:25 am

Gina Levitan and Carrie Marten, ACRL/NY Symposium Co-Chairs

Opening Remarks


9:25 am – 10:15 am

Chris Bourg & Lareese Hall

The Radicalism is Coming from Inside the Library

While there has been a rise in (the visibility of) critical and radical librarianship in recent years, much of the work and thinking has been grass-roots in nature, with precious few library directors  explicitly embracing activist agendas for their own organizations and/or for the profession. In this talk, the Director of the MIT Libraries and the Architecture and Art Librarian for the MIT Libraries (both feminists, one radical) will share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that arise when the new director of a major research library arrives with an explicit social justice agenda, grounded in queer and feminist theory and politics. Where and how does that agenda become manifest within the library organization? What are the opportunities and limitations of top-down activism in a research library setting? If radicalism flows from top-level administrators, does it cease to be radical? Can a hierarchical organization be radical? Does a heightened emphasis on diversity and social justice create a new kind of elitism?

(Q&A to follow)


10:15 am – 10:30 am

Break, Poster Sessions


10:30 am – 11:50 am

Panel:  Shawn Smith, Emily Drabinski, Louis Muñoz, Jen Hoyer  (moderated by Haruko Yamauchi) 

Diversity as Democracy?

ALA and ACRL have publicly committed to diversity, and it is a term used with great frequency. But do we all mean the same thing when we say it? What does diversity look like, not only in our efforts to increase services to diverse patrons and to expand our collections, but also in library publishing, cataloging, library leadership, and re-framing agendas for our institutions? When we speak about diversity, are we including class, sexuality, gender, language, and physical ability?  Is diversity just a matter of variety, or should we address questions of social and economic power structures that have traditionally centered some groups and marginalized others? Can greater diversity in libraries nurture better democracy?  What are the challenges to increasing diversity, and where should we go from here?


11:50 pm – 1:05 pm

Lunch, Poster Sessions


1:05 pm – 2:15 pm

1:05 pm – 1:25 pm

Ione Damasco  (20 minutes)

The Practice of Core Values: Academic Library Diversity Plans and the ACRL Diversity Standards

Institutions of higher education have been engaging in diversity initiatives to develop more inclusive campuses and to improve the climate for racially and ethnically underrepresented groups, and these efforts align well with one of ALA’s core values, the value of education and lifelong learning for all. Academic libraries are an important part of campus life as places that promote intellectual inquiry, support curricular needs, and provide valuable information resources for the campus community. As colleges and universities have become increasingly diverse, academic libraries have to develop the skills and competencies necessary to not only serve but advocate racially and ethnically diverse library users if they want to remain integral to the missions of their institutions. In 2012, ACRL issued a document outlining eleven diversity standards intended as a framework for academic libraries to use in developing the skills and competencies that are necessary to serve diverse populations. Currently, the extent to which these standards have been adopted at academic libraries in the United States is not known. Using the ACRL Diversity Standards as a guiding framework for a content analysis of diversity plans collected from academic libraries, this session will provide a clearer picture of which standards are reflected in their plans, and what standards are underrepresented or completely missing from these plans. Those engaged in future diversity efforts can benefit from a better understanding of how to integrate these standards into their plans, to ensure more inclusive learning environments for all users.

1:25 pm – 1:45 pm

Isabel Espinal  (20 minutes)

Parables, Poetics, Polemics and Politics: The Application and Misapplication of Core Librarianship Values in Education, Diversity, and Social Responsibility

Parables. There is a role for stories and testimonies in our quest to advance diversity and social justice *in* our profession and *via* our profession, as well as in our commitment to our own education and lifelong learning. Isabel Espinal will tell stories with lessons of her own life in librarianship, from a career spanning a few decades. Some of them consist of positive things you can do and others of what not to do, maybe things she wished she hadn’t done or things she wishes had not been done to her. Often fables present the heroine or hero at a decision point and hopefully these tales will help you learn to do the right thing when you yourself get to the crossroads. Poetics. What is the role of words and imagination? In a moment in the profession when the buzz words evidenced-based and data driven are the order of the day, the data around diversity have been clear and yet – not much action has come of it. Do words like diversity, sustainability, even microaggresions hide or mislead us into thinking we’ve made progress.What really has changed? And in a moment when libraries have re-imagined themselves where is the imagination in social justice? Polemics. Basically, how do we avoid falling into them? How do we avoid honest conversations being misread aspolemics? Politics. Best not to avoid. Let’s talk!

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Moderated by Starr Hoffman with audience Q&A


2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Break, Poster Sessions


2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Jerilyn Veldof

Go, Grow… or Stay? The Imperative of Professional Development 

In the outside world employees come and go. But here in the library world we tend to stay put. Lifers abound. Development is optional. And this is weighing us down. Are we going to stand by and let ourselves drown in the upcoming Silver Tsunami and the rising tide of the Millennials and our jammed up Pipelines? Or will we figure out a way to turn this ship around and help every employee work at their best and bring their best to work? Jerilyn will cover specific, actionable steps you can take right away to transform even the lifer into the learner and bring a renewed sense of energy and vibrancy to your library.

(Q&A to follow)


3:20 pm – 3:40 pm

Closing Remarks, Raffle and Door Prizes

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