June 12 ACRL Webinar Viewing at UIS

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

May 20, 2019
Eric A. Edwards
IACRL President

The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) and the University of Illinois Springfield’s Brookens Library are pleased to host a FREE viewing of the Association of College and Research Libraries webinar “Be Proactive: Overcoming Biases and Microaggressions in the Workplace.”  This is a recorded webinar, lasting approximately one hour, and is open to all librarians and staff, including academic and public. Membership in IACRL is not required to attend.

A full description of the webinar and the associated learning outcomes is below. There are two articles you can read in preparation, but attend even if you don’t have time to look them over. Also included is a link to an ALA/ACRL information page Keeping Up with Implicit Bias that contains information.

Dalton, S. & Villagran, M. (2018) Minimizing and addressing implicit bias in the workplace: Be proactive, part one. College and Research Library News. 79 (9).

Dalton, S. & Villagran, M. (2018) Minimizing and addressing microaggressions in the workplace: Be proactive, part two. College and Research Library News. 79 (10)


“Be Proactive: Overcoming Biases and Microaggressions in the Workplace.”    

Presenters: Shamika Dalton, interim associate director and professor of legal research at University of Florida Levin College Law; Michele Villagran, assistant professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University.

As human beings, we cannot hide from bias: It is a natural part of our brain. However, it is up to us to recognize how biases in the workplace impact others and our own productivity. This webcast will help attendees identify biases, explore how they affect the work environment, and discuss strategies for reducing these biases within recruitment, hiring, and retention in the library workplace. We will define the various types of microaggressions that can result from these biases and offer practices for addressing and coping with them. Minimizing and addressing implicit bias and microaggressions can help foster a safe and inclusive work environment.

Learning outcomes:

• Identify biases and microaggressions and how they impact the various aspects of the workplace

• Explore effective practices for minimizing biases and microaggressions in the workplace to create a positive and inclusive work environment

• Learn strategies for reducing bias in library recruitment, hiring, and retention


Viewing will take place on Wednesday, June 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, in Room 230A, the library’s new Learning Classroom on the Library’s Main Floor, opened in October 2018. Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries for the University of Illinois Springfield, will give a brief welcome. Also, following the event, please stay for FREE refreshments and an informal opportunity to converse with colleagues on a variety of table topics including Open Educational Resources (OER), imposter syndrome, and others. The event will start at 1:00 with the introduction, then the 1-hour FREE webinar itself, refreshments, and, finally, the discussions afterwards, which will be informal and may last until 4:00 PM. Feel free to attend just the webcast or the discussions (the latter starting at approximately 2:30 PM), or both. It will be a time to get acquainted with new colleagues and re-acquainted with familiar faces in Illinois Libraries.

Directions to campus can be found here: https://library.uis.edu/about/maps.html

Please let us know you’re coming by RSVP’ing to jmccr01s@uis.edu or 217.206.6597.

If you have any questions, please contact John Laubersheimer (site coordinator), at laubersh@uis.edu, or Eric Edwards (IACRL President), at eedwards@ilsos.gov.

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