Invited Presentations

Nicole Cooke – Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

How would you like to be remembered? Expanding your pedagogy and professional practice

Diversity, as a concept, is not new to the library and information science profession. But what does it look like in practice? There are many opportunities to learn and grow as a culturally competent professional, but what if purposeful conversation about issues of diversity, social justice, race, intersectionality, power, and privilege happened before information professionals entered the field? This presentation will detail the efforts in the graduate LIS program at the University of Illinois’ School of Information Sciences to offer a suite of classes dedicated to issues of diversity, social justice, and race, gender, and sexuality, and also attempts to infuse these concepts and sensibilities throughout the curriculum. With such discussions it is hoped that students will develop an explicit personal philosophy and pedagogy that will enable them to engage in a critical professional practice post-graduation. Examples from classes will be shared, along with anecdotes that depict the successes and challenges that accompany this type of coursework. The shared examples will also be valuable to already established library professionals looking to enhance their existing professional practices.

Nicole Cooke
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Frank Golom – Assistant Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland

Diversity, Change and its Discontents: The Role of the Library in Campus LGBTQ Transformation Efforts

Although the desire for diversity-related change in higher education is decades old, progress continues to be slow for many campuses, particularly around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues. As change becomes the norm for corporate and educational institutions alike, successful diversity and inclusion efforts will require an expanded understanding of how transformation occurs and a more nuanced set of skills and strategies for ensuring the full participation and voice of students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds. This session will explore data-based frameworks for bringing about diversity-related change in higher education, the critical role of information (and misinformation) in the success of any change effort, and the ways in which college and university libraries can become key stakeholders in the movement to create change on campus around LGBTQ and other social justice issues. In effect, we will ask and begin to answer the question: how does change happen, and what unique impact can libraries have on this transformation process?

Shannon Mattern – Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School

Stacks, Platforms + Interfaces: Modeling Information Spaces

Warehouses, havens, commons, networks, platforms, labs, interfaces, code-spaces, infrastructures: over the past century we’ve employed a variety of spatial metaphors and models to understand what our libraries and archives are and can be. In this talk invited presenter Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor, School of Media Studies at The New School, will offer a rough catalogue of these spatial typologies and discuss the ways they inform how we define and design our institutional missions, services, publics, collections, and orientation within broader intellectual and cultural ecologies.


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