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Call for Program Proposals: LACUNY Institute 2018, “Librarianship in Challenging Times” (Deadline Feb. 16)

(via Mark Aaron Polger, College of Staten Island)

Call for Proposals

LACUNY Institute 2018: Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity

Friday May 11, 2018 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY)

This year’s keynote speaker is Trevor A. Dawes, Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums & May Morris University Librarian, University of Delaware.

Submission Deadline: Friday February 16, 2018

Poster session deadline: Friday March 2, 2018

Submission Form: https://tinyurl.com/LACUNY-Inst-2018-CFP

Web Site: https://2018lacunyinst.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

We invite proposals addressing this year’s conference theme, Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity.

In a time of a polarized political climate, economic uncertainty, and social inequity, how can libraries actively support themselves and their communities? How can we advocate for ourselves and for communities we serve? What is our role in upholding democratic values of intellectual freedom, free speech, and free expression? How can we resist fascism, misinformation, and censorship? How can libraries foster inclusivity and empower the disenfranchised?

Example topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the librarian as advocate
  • Inclusive librarianship
  • the role of technology in upholding library values
  • the politicization of (mis)information
  • digital privacy
  • intellectual freedom
  • censorship

Types of Proposals

  • panel discussion (15 minutes/presenter): Moderated panel presentations with time for questions and discussion
  • interactive presentation (45 minutes): Teams of two lead a discussion on topic of their choice related to the theme, with 1 person presenting context and the other facilitating conversation
  • alt-sessions (15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics through multiple ways of knowing (e.g., short documentary, spoken word, performance art)
  • poster sessions

About the Institute:

The LACUNY Institute is an annual, one-day conference open to LIS professionals, students, and the general public. It is organized by the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY), and although geared to academic librarians, it strives to have broad relevance to the profession.

Please submit proposals by February 16, 2018

Submission Form: https://tinyurl.com/LACUNY-Inst-2018-CFP

Questions may be directed to the 2018 LACUNY Institute Co-Chairs Mark Aaron Polger, at markaaron.polger@csi.cuny.edu or Junior Tidal at jtidal@citytech.cuny.edu

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