Celebrate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with the ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

December 11, 2016

(via the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

On Friday, January 20, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will present its Midwinter Symposium Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Creating a New Future for Library Collections at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta. Organized by the ALCTS President’s Program Committee, chaired by Charles Wilt, this symposium will address the need for action relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries. Co-hosted by the Georgia State University Library with Director Jeff Steely, this symposium will take place at the Knowles Conference Center College of Law at Georgia State University.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are important concepts for libraries and librarians as the nation’s population becomes more diverse, inclusiveness more essential, and access to information critical. Nowhere in the library are these concepts so pressing as in library collections. The ability of libraries to represent a more diverse clientele, provide the equity of access needed to their collections, and include all is tantamount. This not to be missed Midwinter Symposium examines the critical roles of equity, diversity and inclusion in today’s libraries and its collections. Touching on the many aspects of library collections, topics include equitable access to collections, scholarly communication and diversity, diversity and visibility in collection development and management, inclusion and advocacy in cataloging and diversity, and inclusion in preservation.

Courtney Young, ALA President 2014-2015 and Head Librarian and Professor of Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University’s Greater Allegheny campus, will open the program with a keynote speech followed by speakers Hannah Buckland, Charlotte Roh, Harrison Inefuke, Paolo Gujilde, Emily Drabinski, Ann Marie Willer, and Miriam Centeno. Providing closing remarks is Mark Puente, Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, Association of Research Libraries.

Register today to save your spot for this compelling Midwinter event, and join your colleagues on January 20 for stimulating presentations and riveting discussions on the intersection of collections and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Add this symposium to your conference registration or register for this symposium alone. The price of this full-day symposium is $219 for ALCTS members, $269 for ALA members, $319 for non-members, and $99 for ALA student/retired members. The registration event code is ALC1.

View a full listing of ALCTS events at Midwinter 2017.

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