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Pitfalls of neutrality: What does inclusivity mean in libraries?

The ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) is looking for panelists for our accepted program at ALA Annual 2019 in Washington, D.C. The program is called “Pitfalls of neutrality: What does inclusivity mean in libraries?” It is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, at 9:00 am. Each panelist will have approximately 10-15 minutes to speak. To be considered as a panelist, please submit a brief summary of the issue(s) you would address, including your type of library to Laura Bonella (laurab@ksu.edu) by Monday, January 21.

Program description: Librarians are committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, but what does this mean in today’s political climate? We are frequently required to make decisions that pit free speech against the comfort and safety of other patrons (e.g. allowing political or hate groups to use our meeting rooms), or called upon to defend our collection, exhibit, or program decisions in the face of patron challenges. Even our decisions about configuring the space in our libraries may create controversy – gender neutral restrooms, prayer rooms, lactation rooms, or how we make our buildings accessible.

We are looking for a diverse group of speakers who have handled these challenges and can share their experiences and how they dealt with various situations. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and interact with the speakers and each other. We would like them to leave the program with strategies from different libraries to consider when examining their own perspectives on equity, diversity, and inclusion and how to address these issues in their libraries. The program is co-sponsored by the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom and will have a panelist from their office.


All the best,

Laura Bonella

2019 WGSS Program Planning chair

Panelists on Accessibility and UDL for ALA Annual in Washington DC

Are you a librarian with experience with accessibility, creation of online learning objects, and applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Then we want to hear from you! The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) has teamed up with the ACRL Instruction Section (IS) and are looking for panelists with accessibility, online library materials, and UDL experience to participate in our panel at 2019 ALA Annual in Washington D.C., entitled Accessibility and Creation of Online Library Materials: Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

If you have questions, please email Mike Courtney (micourtn@indiana.edu) or Samantha (Sam) Harlow (slharlow@uncg.edu), DLS Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs

If you are interested, please fill out this submission form.

Applications due Friday, December 21st at 5pm, selected panelists will be notified in early January 2019.

Diversity, Equity, and Justice Talks: In and Beyond the Library

Members of LITA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee are seeking to fill its ALA panel slot “Diversity, Equity, and Justice Talks: In and Beyond the Library” with presentations from three panelists interested in approaching the topic of Diversity, Equity, and Justice from their own personal and/or institutional perspective. As libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions attempt to embed diversity and equity into the core of their institutional practices, it can be helpful to provide ample platforms for discovering, engaging with, and highlighting powerful narratives that reflect the work we must do in order to continue pushing against institutional oppression–or to highlight where we are not pushing hard

They invite potential panelists to submit brief proposals around any topic that relates to diversity and equity work at large: employing anti-racist praxis in libraries/your library work, navigating microagressions, allyship, cultural competency–to name a few. However, any and all topics are welcome, and do not need to speak directly speak to technology in any way.

The deadline to submit is December 9.

You can find the online form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8GoZ4GBvd_–xCOBQ907Y4JCH0fGJKz8KzrDI57SAd55inw/viewform

If you have any questions, please reach out to the committee Chair, Jennifer Brown (jebrown@barnard.edu) or Vice Chair, Jharina Pascual (jharinapascual@hotmail.com).

LITA Top Tech Trends

We are currently seeking nominations for panelists for the 2019 ALA Midwinter LITA Top Tech Trends program in Seattle, Washington! You may nominate yourself or someone you know who would be a great addition to the panel of speakers.

Submit your nominations.

The next LITA Top Tech Trends Program will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. During the program, a moderator and several panelists will each discuss trends impacting libraries. LITA encourages participation from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, and LGBTQA+. We also value diverse perspectives on the panel from different types and size of libraries and individuals who can bring a fresh voice.

The submission deadline is October 21, 2018.

Panelists will be selected based on their proposed trends, experience, and overall balance to the panel. View the submission guidelines.

ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group Panelists

The ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group is seeking 3 to 4 panelists for our DG meeting at ALA Annual! We’re looking for librarians who have successfully demonstrated a relationship between libraries and retention- and if you’re local, please consider bringing your IR or assessment person!

Panelists will speak briefly about their experiences and answer questions from attendees. The panel is expected to last approximately 45 minutes, with birds-of-a-feather discussion to follow.

The Discussion Group will meet on Saturday, June 27th from 1-2:30 in San Francisco.

Interested parties should contact Jaime Hammond at jhammond@nv.edu by Friday, April 3rd. Panelists will be notified mid-April.

As always, join us online at http://connect.ala.org/node/173037

Jaime Hammond, Naugatuck Valley Community College & Nicole Pagowsky, University of Arizona Student Retention Discussion Group Co Conveners


The Transgressive Classroom: Borders, Barriers, & Becoming in the Queer Studies Classroom

3-4 participants for a roundtable/panel tentatively titled “The Transgressive Classroom: Borders, Barriers, & Becoming in the Queer Studies Classroom”
at the annual NWSA conference, November 13-16, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It is no revelation to learn that higher ed instructors and classrooms are called to satisfy many goals, from covering substantive material to satisfying education outcomes and assessment requirements to preparing students for the “real world.” The burden falls perhaps even more heavily on the feminist and queer classrooms, populated as they often are by students who have deeply personal reason for taking such courses. What is our responsibility to these students, the ones who may “need” the course for more than academic reasons? And what is our responsibility to our other students, who may take the course for academic credit but for whom the spark of activism can be lit?
How can we blend our commitment to the affective dimensions of teaching (in which the material covered may indeed be literal matters of life, liberty, and love for instructors and students) while also maintaining the intellectual rigor required by our own training and the pedagogical goals of our institutions? In what ways do concepts both old and new, from “the personal is political” to “engaged learning,” assist in – or detract from — this struggle? Are queer classrooms transgressive simply by virtue of existing at all? Or are there specific approaches, strategies, techniques that produce queer classrooms which exist “not merely to share information but to share in the intellectual and spiritual growth of our students.” We hope to range across several broad categories of concern in queer pedagogy — practical concerns (texts, readings), curricular concerns (requirements, program design, “coverage”), theoretical concerns (queer vs. LGBT approaches), and material concerns (embodiment, silencing, activism) – while at the same time questioning the interplay between teaching and transgression, learning and liberation.

We are excited for a variety of approaches to and perspectives on this topic both theoretical and practical, and we intend for the session to include ample time for audience-panelist discussion. Please don’t hesitate to submit your idea or to email with questions.

Send topic, title, and 50-100 word abstract to miltonw@usf.edu by Friday, February 7th.
Please include your name, contact info, institutional affiliation and position/level (if any), and any other relevant information.

Notifications will be sent out no later than Tuesday, February 11th.

Contact Milton Wendland at miltonw@usf.edu

Cripping Feminist Outrage

CFP: Cripping Feminist Outrage (9/7/12)

In an effort to continue the conversation at SEWSA 2012 about making
feminist dis/ability studies a more prominent component of Women’s and
Gender Studies in the U.S. Southeast, papers are solicited for a proposed
panel at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association conference at
UNC-Greensboro, April 18-20, 2013. The theme of the conference is
“Outrage!: Discourses, Practices, and Politics of Protest and Social
Transformation.” This panel will consider the ways crip feminism might
contribute to such a theme. The definition of “cripping feminist outrage”
is open for interpretation, and potential panelists are invited to be
creative, playful, sassy, strident, irate, “mad,” or any combination of the
above in formulating these paper proposals. Likewise, a wide range of
genres is acceptable: creative nonfiction, critical media studies, literary
analyses, theoretical inquiries, philosophical treatises, and fierce
polemics are all welcome.

Email abstracts of approximately 100 words, along with a CV, to Merri Lisa
Johnson (mjohnson@uscupstate.edu) by September 7, 2012. For more details
about the conference, see http://wgs.uncg.edu. For more information about
this organization, see http://sewsaonline.org.

“Philosophy and Motherhood”

Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy, at the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division meeting, Washington, D.C., Dec. 27-30, 2011




The Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy (ESWIP) kindly invites submissions for its panel, “Philosophy and Motherhood,” at the American Philosophical Association, eastern division meeting in December, 2011.


Abstracts (500 words), papers (2500 words), panel proposals, and roundtable discussion proposals will be considered.  We welcome submissions in non-traditional formats.  Proposals for panels should include the names of all participants and each of their papers or abstracts.


Submissions that address the topic of philosophy and motherhood from any disciplinary approach will receive full consideration.  Preference will be given to submissions that attend to the experience of underrepresented groups. ESWIP strives to provide scholars from all academic ranks and disciplines with a highly supportive professional community.


Please e-mail all submissions to Maeve M. O’Donovan, Executive Secretary of  ESWIP, at modonovan@ndm.edu<mailto:modonovan@ndm.edu>  no later than midnight on MAY 15, 2009.  Please put “ESWIP APA Submission” in the subject line, and attach all submissions as MS Word documents or PDFs.  Please be sure the document’s file name is identical to your submission title, and that the author’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information are given in the text of the email and are not included in the attached submission..


The decision of the program committee is expected by 24 May, 2011.


Buildings, Equipment and Furnishings Roundtable of the Pennsylvania Library Association -PaLA Annual Program

Share information with colleagues, or recommend speakers who will be of interest to colleagues who are interested in new building projects, building design, management or building maintenance issues.

The Buildings, Equipment and Furnishings Roundtable of the Pennsylvania Library Association invites proposals for presentations or panel sessions for the 2011 PaLA Conference to be held from October 2-5, 2011, in State College, PA.

Proposals can be submitted online at  program proposal link

Proposals must be submitted by Sunday, April 3rd. For a working copy of the form, and to view the questions in advance of submission, a PDF is available for download.  The link to the form will also be available on the PaLA web site.

To recommend speakers or for more information, please contact Karen Gartner at karengartner@verizon.net.

Thank you for your response.

Karen M. Gartner

Drupal Fail Panel & Group Therapy Session

Did you suck at Drupal?  Have you been responsible for a Drupal-related disaster?  Or perhaps you’ve created a mess of another CMS?  You are not alone!     

Consider telling your tale of fail at the Drupal Fail Panel & Group Therapy Session at ALA Annual in New Orleans this summer, sponsored by the LITA Drupal Interest Group.

Drupal FAIL might include:

  • Installation FAIL
  • Migration FAIL
  • Permissions FAIL
  • Upgrade FAIL
  • Taxonomy FAIL
  • Module FAIL
  • Theme FAIL
  • Roll-out FAIL
  • Marketing FAIL

Tell us what went wrong and, if you recovered, how did that work and what were the long-term ramifications of the FAIL.  (Comedy welcome!)

We can then share a group hug and learn from each other’s mistakes in a Q & A session.

Send a short proposal or any questions you may have to Christopher Evjy (chris.evjy@gmail.com) or Kara Reuter (kreuter@worthingtonlibraries.org).  Please send proposals by March 25.