Monday, April 1, 2019

Advocating for Your Department and Library-ALCTS PreConference

Libraries are continuing to evolve not only technically, but also politically. Due to the current political climate, it is becoming more important for libraries to advocate for the values that they stand for, including code of conduct, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. This pre-conference will explore different ways libraries can be influential for advocating for their services as well as their values.

Presenters: Emily Drabinski is Critical Pedagogy Librarian at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She edits Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books.

Angela Galvan manages electronic resources for Brown University Library. Her research interests include critical algorithm studies, decay in technology and infrastructure, and digital estates. Angela is an editor for Weave: Journal of Library User Experience.

Organizing for Change
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT
How do we get our libraries from where they are to where we want them to be? Advocacy for the things that matter isn't magic. It begins and ends with library skills: clarifying demands, making lists, talking to each other, and coming together when it matters. Drawing on experience from both union and library work, this presentation will offer strategies for building power collectively in order to move us, our libraries, and our communities forward.

Trouble Your Magic: Technical Services is Advocacy
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT
Library workers in technical services and technologist roles are significant actors in shaping library cultures. How can we become conscious advocates in our systems, standards, and initiatives? How can we challenge the narrative that library systems happen elsewhere? This talk describes ongoing tensions in technical services work while offering potential points of entry for library workers interested in advocacy from 'behind the scenes' positions.

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