As information professionals, it is our collective responsibility to create opportunities where individuals are encouraged and supported to bring their most authentic selves to the library. This level of authenticity will come as a result of an intentional effort to cultivate spaces where people feel free to use whichever personal pronouns suit them, where individuals feel safe and comfortable to use the restroom that matches their gender identity, where librarians of color are offered the same support and professional development as their white counterparts, where diverse individuals can speak their truths and bring lived experiences to discussions without being attacked, mocked, or abused in the workplace, and where barriers are removed that may prevent people with accessibility issues from taking full advantage of library services and spaces. Tempered with experience and wisdom, this course will tackle challenges head on that diverse individuals face as it relates to libraries and librarianship.
**A boxed lunch and refreshments will be provided during the session
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
Cost: $100 for NAHSL members, $200 for non-members
See more information and registration here: https://northatlantichealthscienceslibraries.wildapricot.org/event-4916791
Shannon D. Jones, MLS, M.Ed, AHIP
Shannon D. Jones (she/her) is the Director of Libraries for the Medical University of South Carolina Libraries in Charleston. Shannon is also Director for Region 2 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine. A long-time MLA volunteer, Shannon currently serves as 2022-2023 MLA President. In 2018, Shannon co-founded the MLA Reads Virtual Book Discussion Club to provide a forum where participants can learn, discuss, and process the implications of a variety of DEI topics on their work as information professionals and in their personal lives. Shannon is the co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success.
Beverly Murphy, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
Questions? Contact Eugenia Opuda, NAHSL Education Committee chair, firstname.lastname@example.org