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Beyond the SEA Webinar: Disrupting Diversity Narratives: Introducing Critical Conversations in Libraries – February 1, 2018, 2:00 PM ET

Posted by on December 11th, 2017 Posted in: Continuing Education


Date/Time: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 2:00 PM ET – Recording: https://youtu.be/5U0Nq4GIc9Y

Presenter: Ione T. Damasco, Coordinator of Cataloging, Associate Professor, Roesch Library, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Presentation Summary: In 2012, the Association for College and Research Libraries issued a document outlining eleven diversity standards for academic libraries to use in developing the skills and competencies that are necessary to serve diverse populations. The American Library Association lists “diversity” as one of its 11 core values. In 2016, the Medical Library Association identified diversity and inclusion as essential values for the association, and in 2017 appointed a Diversity Task Force to determine how to operationalize these values. Typically, when we use the word “diversity” we refer to specific categories of identity: race, gender, ability, and sexual orientation, to name a few. As libraries and library organizations engage in more diversity initiatives, how is the conversation around diversity, inclusion, and equity taking shape? What is left unsaid when these conversations take place? This session will challenge attendees to unpack, rethink and reframe the diversity conversation. The presenter will share findings from a content analysis project of academic library diversity plans, provide a brief overview of critical race scholarship in the field, and challenge attendees to think critically about current library rhetoric around diversity.

Presenter Bio: Ione T. Damasco is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Cataloging at the University of Dayton. Her primary work involves cataloging, collection development and liaison work for several subject areas. She serves on several teams and committees throughout the Libraries and on campus. Through her work on the University Libraries Diversity & Inclusion Committee, she has been able to make connections across campus with partners to develop and implement programming that fosters a more inclusive campus environment.

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