• Caught in the Crossfire: A Conversation on Libraries and Communities in Distress

  • Date: Wednesday, August 10, 4:30-5:30
  • Location: Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Presenters
    • Amelia Gibson, Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Renate Chancellor, Assistant Professor and PreLaw Advisor, Department of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America
    • Nicole Cooke, Assistant Professor, The iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Sarah Dahlen, Assistant Professor, Master of Library and Information Science Program, St. Catherine University
    • Shari Lee, Assistant Professor, Division of Library and Information Science, St. John’s University
    • Yasmeen Shorish, Data Services Coordinator and Associate Professor, James Madison University
  • Description

    In this town hall, facilitators will share brief comments regarding the role of libraries in times of crises, including ideas such as the need to integrate critical approaches into LIS education and programming; the need for strong community partnerships; strategies for self-care; legal considerations regarding protest and free speech; and how LIS education may play a role in preparing future LIS professionals. We also wish to interrogate the idea of the library as a place of neutrality, a phrase that we have seen made by public librarians on social media. The remaining time will be spent facilitating a town hall discussion strategizing action steps.

  • Format
    Town Hall (Special Session)
  • Track
    • Challenging Topics