Be the Change: Best Practices for Impactful Social Justice Programs through Local Partnerships

Wednesday, 11/3/2021
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Photo of a multiethnic group of social justice protestors with a BIPOC woman front and center with a bullhorn

Partnering to develop collaborative social justice programs can have a transformative impact on a library’s community and beyond. The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and Office of Human Rights (PGCOHR) serve a majority-Black (64%) and Hispanic (19%) county of 967,000+ outside Washington, DC. The two organizations have a strong collaboration for social justice programming that has intensified over the past twelve months, given the urgent need to develop better cross-cultural understanding, knowledge of systemic racism and intersectionality, electoral engagement, and address the inequities that affect daily life in the community. These programs for all ages now have a strong national following and reputation, with highlights including a global event with Ibram X. Kendi that reached 226,000+ live viewers, a monthly YA discussion series that explores disability stories, bilingual social justice read-alouds, the Voting: Democracy in Action series, and more.

Customers near and far report how these joint programs have directly advanced their personal journeys in acknowledging privilege, lack of empathy, and systemic racism. By combining resources, the agencies are able to expand the programming capacity locally and make programs available to wider audiences through a network of partners like Maryland State Library, the Black Caucus of ALA, and REFORMA. In this webinar, panelists will speak to their approach with scaling-up the collaboration with extremely limited resources, best practices for tracking the social impact of programming, and ways to maximize the reach of programs in a time when publishers are expanding restrictions on program access for viewers.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Develop and cultivate institutional partnerships across organization types to expand library capacity for equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism public programs;
  • Facilitate expanding social justice expertise in library programming through strategic partnerships with local civil rights, non-profit, and educational organizations; and
  • Understand current challenges with maximizing access to virtual events in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, given contractual restrictions from speakers bureaus.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is intended for all public library staff who want to increase their understanding of the topic.


Nicholas Alexander BrownNicholas Alexander Brown is the COO for Communication and Outreach at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System in Maryland and Library Journal’s 2021 Library Marketer of the Year. He is adjunct faculty for the Department of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America. Brown was previously director of special productions and initiatives at Washington Performing Arts, a program specialist in the Library of Congress Office of Special Events and Public Programs, and a music specialist in the Library of Congress’s Music Division. He holds a Masters of Music in Musicology (King’s College London), a MSLIS in Library and Information Studies (The Catholic University of America), and a BA in Music and History (Brandeis University). He was the 2018–2019 president of the District of Columbia Library Association and has contributed to Library Journal, The Horn Book, and HuffPost Blog.

Michelle HamielMichelle Hamiel is respected nationally as a visionary library leader. She has served as the COO for Public Services at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System for seven years. Her seasoned experience, dedication, and leadership skills has contributed to some of the library's most high-profile initiatives—LINK, a program providing library access to all county public school students; and the circulation of mobile hotspots that provide home internet access for customers. Hamiel leads the day-to-day operation of nineteen branches plus the County Correctional Center library. She is helping Maryland libraries navigate equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism efforts as she facilitates both the Maryland Library Association and Maryland State Library taskforce for equity and diversity initiatives. Hamiel is a James Partridge award winner. She holds a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland iSchool, where she serves as an adjunct lecturer, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration.

Kyla HaningtonKyla Hanington serves as the outreach coordinator/public information officer for the Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights (PGCOHR). She presents on equity, diversity, and inclusion, and creates community-building programming to create understanding and build relationships between diverse peoples. An experienced conflict resolution professional, Hanington is also a certified family mediator through Family Mediation Canada. In addition to her work with PGCOHR, she has presented at writing conferences and for universities and school districts on diverse topics from writing to parenting special needs children. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines in the United States and Canada and has aired internationally on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition. Hanington is pursuing an MA in Human Rights from the University of London, and she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mississippi University for Women and a BA in History with a minor in First Nations Studies from Vancouver Island University in Canada.



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