This year we are looking forward to some great presentations including a keynote from Derrick Jefferson. He is an academic librarian at American University in Washington, DC. He earned his BA in English from San Diego State University, his MFA in Film from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and his MLIS from Louisiana State University where he was a Project Recovery scholar in New Orleans. This program was established by an IMLS grant to aid in rebuilding libraries after the storms of 2005 affected southeastern Louisiana while also educating library science students. Invested in social justice issues, his research interests also include information literacy, critical thinking, online and distance learning, identity, and diversity and inclusion issues in librarianship and higher education.
The planning committee would like to extend a call for proposals at this time. The conference is a day-long series of sessions aimed at providing instruction and information for library paraprofessionals in support of our work. This year's conference will include presentations that will help library paraprofessionals promote racial equality, craft non-discriminative policies, and learn techniques to treat students, community patrons, and coworkers in a respectful manner.
The conference will focus on the concept that libraries should be inclusive environments available to all individuals wishing to use the many resources that they supply. By providing access to computers, internet, research instruction, events, classes and specialized support for the disabled, libraries may be the only free resource available to individuals and communities. Libraries also offer facilities where academic groups and communities can congregate and discuss local and national topics. Providing these services and spaces to a diverse mix of people creates an environment where staff must be aware of how their discussions and interactions can be interpreted by the communities they are hoping to serve. We hope to provide guidance for library staff on ways to better navigate their roles and responsibilities in creating safe environments by embracing concepts that promote an understanding of diversity.
For those interested in presenting a proposal please consider the following:
Session length: 1 hour
Topic: Presentations should be relevant to paraprofessional development. Adherence to the theme is not mandatory and a wide range of topics will be considered. Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to do so.
Please include in your proposal the following:
Presenters do not need to pay the conference fee.
Questions and submissions can be directed to to David Wilbourne, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (252) 328-4030.
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