ALCTS 2017 Midwinter Symposium
- Address need for action relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries
- Communicate current progress
- Advance future initiatives
- Engage audience in discussion of concepts relating to their own situation
- Provide thought provoking presentations
- Give audience real-life takeaways
Confirmed Topics and Speakers
Taking root: Growing the seeds of equity, diversity, and inclusion through library collections and technical services
Courtney Young served as the President of the American Library Association for 2014–2015 and ended her term as Past President in June 2016. During her presidency, Courtney focused on diversity, career development, and community engagement and outreach. Courtney’s advocacy for diversity in libraries has been an integral part of her professional career.
Courtney currently serves as the Head Librarian and Professor of Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny campus. Among her many roles at PSU, she has served as an academic advisor to Penn State students, coordinated an honors program, worked to improve university-wide virtual reference services, and evaluated and tracked diversity of the library’s acquisitions. Courtney has previously worked at other campuses of Penn State, as well as at Michigan State University and The Ohio State University. In 2011, Courtney was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker – Change Agent. She was honored for her work to highlight issues of diversity in libraries and academia. Courtney received a B.A. in English from The College of Wooster (1996) and an M.L.S. from Simmons College (1997).
Equitable Access to Collections
Hannah Buckland is the Director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College in northern Minnesota. In this role, she manages all aspects of a small joint-use academic/community library. She also serves as a member of the Minnesota Governor's Task Force on Broadband and the Leech Lake Native Community Development Institute team.
Scholarly Communication and Diversity
Charlotte Roh is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of San Francisco where she engages in outreach and education around issues of open access, copyright and author rights, library publishing, institutional repositories, and data. Her personal and professional interests are the integration of scholarly communication and social justice in order to effect change in librarianship and publishing.
Harrison Inefuku is the Co-Lead of Digital Scholarship and Initiatives Department and Scholarly Publishing Services Librarian at Iowa State University, where he oversees the university’s institutional repository and leads library publishing efforts. Harrison’s research and professional interests are in diversity and social justice in the information professions, and the intersection of archival management and institutional repositories.
Diversity and Visibility in Collection Development and Management
Paolo P. Gujilde is Coordinator of Collection Development and Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, where he is responsible for selection, acquisition, and management of the general library collections. He is heavily involved in library organizations such as the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the Georgia Library Association (GLA). He received his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his M.S. in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. His research interests include usage trends in print and electronic resources and diversity in academic libraries especially in collection development and librarian preparedness and training on issues of diversity.
Abstract: Diversity and inclusion can be argued to be challenges facing libraries today and in the future. The changing demographics of the United States of America are shaping the needs of libraries. This is especially significant in collection development and management in which there is a lack of representation of library users in resources and materials. At this time, diversity and inclusion within the context of libraries are still much more of a concept rather than a reality. Though, libraries and librarians are slowly shifting that concept into applications with library diversity initiatives and to some extent, actively building diverse and inclusive library collections.
Traditionally, collection development and management focus heavily on the mission of the institution and the library. They take into account organizational responsibilities such as budget, content, and access. In addition, collection development and in a larger scope, collection management, incorporate various dynamics that comprise resources and services of an institution. These can be found in the systematic process of collection management from selection criteria to decisions based on assessment. However, the same factors coupled with changing demographics are pushing collection development and management into a new institutional responsibility that should be an asset—diversity and inclusion.
So, how do we make library collections diverse and inclusive? Why do we want diversity and inclusion in the first place? What are our responsibilities in collection development and management?
The Power of the Catalog: Inclusion and Advocacy in Cataloging and Description/Knowledge Organization
Diversity and Inclusion in Preservation | View the trailer
Ann Marie Willer is the Preservation Librarian for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is responsible for maintaining the MIT Libraries’ circulating collection, coordinating disaster response, and contributing to lifecycle management of the Libraries’ tangible collections. She is past chair of the Libraries’ Committee for the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion and the Collections Directorate Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Task Force. Within ALA she previously served as chair of the Preservation & Reformatting Section and as a member of the Council Committee on Diversity. Ann Marie holds a B.A. in Music (Southern Methodist University), an M.A. in Musicology (Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester), an M.S. in Library Science (University of North Texas), and a Graduate Certificate in Preservation Management (Rutgers).
Miriam Centeno is the Collections Care Coordinator at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, where she oversees workflows in support of the University Library’s paper-based collections, manages environmental monitoring, integrated pest management and stack maintenance issues related to preservation. She has an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Previously she worked in the Collections Care Section of the Library of Congress and in the Department of Conservation & Preservation at Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries. Miriam has served as chair & co-chair of ALA’s Preservation Week (2012-2014) and is now serving as the Preservation in Action Local Arrangements Coordinator of the PARS Preservation Outreach Committee.
Mark Puente is the Director of Diversity and Leadership programs for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in Washington, DC. He has served in this role since March of 2009. Puente manages all aspects of ARL's diversity and inclusion programs as well as several leadership development offerings. He is the ARL staff liaison to the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, leads assessment efforts across his portfolio, and designs and directs the annual ARL Leadership Symposium. A frequent speaker, clinician, and facilitator, Puente also contributed to the planning of the National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDCL '16) held in August. He is the principle investigator of the ARL/Society of American Archivists' (SAA) Mosaic Program, an initiative that seeks to recruit individuals from historically underrepresented groups into the archival profession. Puente is a graduate of the Knowledge River Program at the iSchool at the University of Arizona, and was a 2003 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar. Prior to working for ARL, Puente worked in a variety of music library settings including at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the University of North Texas. He is a native of San Antonio, Texas.
Abstract: Across the US and Canada, library, archive, and museum associations have engaged in critical conversations and programmed quite heavily on topics related to the state of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice efforts in cultural heritage and information professional communities. Over the last several decades there have been numerous efforts by organizations to address issues such as low representation of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the workforce, the low representation of marginalized voices in the literary and scientific canon, and persisting challenges with access to both physical and electronic collections, exhibitions, and resources. And yet, these sectors struggle with how to effect meaningful and enduring change. Touching on concepts such as intersectionality, crip theory, and symbolic annihilation, Puente will make the case for a deeper interrogation of systems that sustain inequality for the communities we serve, and for deliberate and deep collaboration to maximize the impact of our collective efforts.
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