Reminder: LITA AvramCamp at ALA Annual 2017 (Facilitators are Margaret Heller, Loyola, and Evviva Weinraub, Northwestern)

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

June 2, 2017

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Women in technology face numerous challenges in their day-to-day work. If you would like to join other women in the field to discuss topics related to those challenges, AvramCamp is for you. This one-day LITA preconference at ALA Annual in Chicago will allow female-identifying individuals employed in various technological industries an opportunity to network with others in the field and to collectively examine common barriers faced.

This day will follow the unconference model allowing attendees the power to choose topics most relevant to their work and their lives. Participants will have the opportunity to propose lightning rounds and session proposals on a variety of topics such as salary negotiation, creating inclusive job postings, and getting involved in open source software development. Please come prepared with ideas for discussion topics! The opening session, led by Margaret Heller, will address imposter syndrome, the feeling that you aren’t actually qualified for the work you are doing and will be discovered as a fraud. Evviva Weinraub will be our facilitator for the day.

The event will take place from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, June 23, at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. For more information, go here. Background on the facilitators is below.

Margaret Heller is Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago. She works on web development, the discovery layer, digital collections, the institutional repository, and digital preservation. She also researches and presents about social justice in digital collections and issues for working parents in library technology. She enjoys working with students and new professionals, and only recently figured out how to beat her own imposter syndrome.

Evviva Weinraub is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies at Northwestern University. She provides leadership and advocacy for Information Technology, Digital Initiatives, Repository and Digitization Services, Metadata and Resource Discovery, User Experience, and Access Services. In addition, she serves as the co-Director of the Avalon Project. She holds numerous offices in library professional associations and projects including the American Library Association, IFLA, and the Fedora Project. She has published and spoken extensively on library management, open source development, user experience, and digital publishing.

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