8:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast, registration, and poster sessions
9:00 – 9:15 – President’s address and ACRL/NY business meeting
Gina Levitan, President, ACRL/NY
9:15 – 9:20 – Opening remarks
Joan Jocson-Singh and Sharell Walker, 2019 ACRL/NY Symposium Co-Chairs
9:20 – 10:20 – Session 1
Representation Matters: Asian American Voices in Academic Library Leadership
Janet Clarke, Brian Lym, Jennie Pu, Jennifer Shimada, Anuradha Vedantham
In this panel discussion, Asian American academic library leaders will share their experiences in the profession: the barriers, challenges, and successes that they encountered as they moved up in management, and their leadership strategies in navigating in these spaces as Asian Americans.
The panel will offer opportunities for discussion on how to recruit and retain librarians of color; diversify the profession; address systemic racism; and cultivate and motivate colleagues to participate in such causes.
10:20 – 10:45 – Break and posters
10:45 – 11:45 Session 2
Have We Heard it All Before? Rethinking the Ethics of Listening in the Library
Communications scholar Lisbeth Lipari argues in her 2014 book Listening, Thinking, Being: Toward an Ethics of Attunement that listening, when properly attended to, is not just something that should be undertaken ethically, but is “the invisible and inaudible enactment of the ethical relation itself,” “upon” which, she suggests, “everything depends” (204). As librarians, we engage in listening every time we meet a patron with a question. We listen in the classroom and to our colleagues, to vendors and to our communities, and even, we might say, to the items we classify. The centrality of listening to our profession demands that we think about the ethics of listening in terms that go beyond the simple “courteousness” put forward by the ALA Code of Ethics, the “professionalism” described in the RUSA Guidelines, and the “empathy” recommended by a variety of practitioners.
Drawing on Lipari, philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, and others, this presentation considers listening from a broadly phenomenological perspective with an aim to renew and refresh our sense of the importance of listening in libraries, and to provide practical suggestions for how we might reapproach an aspect of our practice often taken for granted or ignored.
The Liminal Labor of LIS Students in the Academic Library
This presentation will consider the in-between, boundary, or liminal states of LIS student workers as student-staff in academic libraries, positions many have on a temporary or short-term basis, doubling that liminality. Drawing on personal narratives and published scholarship, this paper engages with the theme of “Redefining Ethical Innovation in the Academic Library” by questioning the role of student workers in that innovation and what the consequences may be for student workers in pushing for innovation.
LIS students working in academic libraries concurrent with their studies must immediately contextualize the competencies and skills learned in the classroom, without the support of professional development opportunities others who work in the library may have access to. Is that part of their job or part of their education? When utilizing the library as a service or space as a student, is that LIS student acting in a distinct role or in a combination of them? This presentation will explore how those delineations can or should be made and why they matter.
Finally, this presentation will juxtapose the often highly visible “traditional” labor of LIS students in these contexts with the labor of navigating those contexts in addition to students’ attendant or external responsibilities and commitments.
A Framework for Addressing the Psychological Aspects of Relocating Technical Services Off-Site
As libraries struggle to find additional spaces to accommodate needs for new types of learning spaces and expanded services, library administrators increasingly decide that moving the technical services department out of the library building is a cost-effective way of reclaiming needed square footage. While successful relocation of technical services to a remote location requires project management, planning, and communication, these technical skills must be coupled with an understanding of the psychological aspects of such a relocation.
Using the framework of transition rather than change allows us to understand and address the psychological aspects of such a move. This presentation uses the relocation of the Technical Services Department at American University to describe the framework of transition, how the move was executed, and the lessons learned.
11:45-1:00 – Lunch, posters, and door prizes
1:00-2:15 – Session 3
WOC+Lib: A New Blog Resource for WOC + POC in Librarianship
LaQuanda Onyemeh and Lorin Jackson
There is a lack of diversity in the library and information technology profession. Similarly, there is a lack of available digital resources for a diverse group of professionals. While significant online outlets for these issues exist and generate community, there is an opportunity to develop a comprehensive, community digital resource. To elevate the multidimensional experiences of a diverse group of people of color in librarianship (and related fields), we founded a website called WOC+Lib.
In this presentation, we will discuss the founding of the site and our mission that intentionally supports professional scholarship. We aim to support beginner or new writers because we believe they have something valuable to say. We acknowledge that in the process of working together, we all enhance our professional development, even as the leaders of this project. As founders, we will share how we navigated through the recruitment, outreach, strategic planning, and marketing without funding or support from an institution. Our intention is for our presentation to provide a glance behind the scenes of how to create a community project that addresses diversity and we plan to discuss what we have learned overall from this experience.
Breaking Open: Race and Labor in Open Pedagogies at CUNY
Elvis Bakaitis, Allison Cabana, Sheena Philogene, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Betsy Yoon
This panel will critique OER and open praxis as they relate to race and decolonization. The panel will overview the Spring 2019 semester-long programming at the CUNY Graduate Center, comprised of full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and current MLIS students, mostly of color, engaging with implications of labor and race as they relate to considerations of “open” – pedagogies, educational resources, and access.
The Graduate Center Library used OER state funding to develop the Open Pedagogy Fellowship, consisting of a four-day OER Bootcamp Intensive, and Breaking Open: An Open Pedagogy Symposium, an event that included over 75 participants, primarily students of color; a stipend for current or recently graduated MLIS students of color to attend the event was publicized via local MLIS program listservs. The panel will look at the design and impact of the programming from the perspectives of three participants–one library student, one doctoral student fellow/adjunct faculty, and a substitute librarian who works on OER at CUNY—as well as the Graduate Center librarians who organized the events.
2:15-2:40 – Coffee and dessert break and posters
2:40-3:30 Session 4
“Weird, ephemeral, magical, dangerous, and emotional”: Creating the Zine Librarian Code of Ethics
Elvis Bakaitis, Violet Fox, Jenna Freedman, Rhonda Kauffman
The Zine Librarians Code of Ethics (ZLCoE) is a living document embodying the values of its collaborators and of zinesters whose work they collect. The first edition of the ZLCoE was developed by 16 zine librarians and archivists, working across the spectrum of academic, public, and community libraries, as well as archives and online platforms. Collaborators sought to highlight the conflicting values of mainstream librarianship and zine culture, recognize the motivations of both creators and institutions, and create a set of principles to guide zine collection development and curation.
In addition to discussing the motivational origin and impact of ZLCoE, the presenters will explain the process of its creation, which consisted of informal ad hoc committees creating section drafts and a period of review and consensus building. They will discuss the multiple ways this document could be a model for other areas of librarianship, demonstrating the ways that our practice should be informed by our values and reminding us of the need for robust discussion of ethics in our work.
3:35-3:45 – Closing remarks
Please note that all attendees are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.