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Registration Open for Online Engineering Change in Libraries Series with Dr. Agnes Kaposi: Workshops on Dislocation (Beginning Tues., Feb. 15) and Propaganda (Beginning Tues., March 1)

(via Dr. Clara Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at Mortenson Center, UIUC Library)

Is your library wanting to build community? Join colleagues from around the world in learning and planning globally to create change locally.

The aim of Engineering Change in Libraries is to understand the Other and mobilize our libraries to provide more effective and equitable services and programs to underserved communities. Inspired by Dr. Agnes Kaposi, a catalyst for change and 31st Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture, Engineering Change is organized into two components: (1) the lecture (setting the context) and (2) a two-session workshop for library staff and stakeholders to engineer change in libraries in a process of understanding the Other and planning globally to create change locally.


Dr. Agnes Kaposi was born in Hungary in 1932, a year before Hitler came to power. She started school at the outbreak of World War II. Many of her family and friends were murdered in the Holocaust, together with half a million other Hungarian Jews, but a series of miracles and coincidences allowed her to survive. She worked at age 11 as a child laborer in the agricultural and armament camps of Austria and was liberated by a rampaging Soviet Army. She struggled through post-war hardship to re-enter Hungarian society, only to be caught up for a decade in the vice of Stalinism. In 1956, the Hungarian revolution offered the opportunity to escape. Entering Britain as a graduate engineer, she started a family and built a career as a researcher, educator and consultant. She was the third woman to become a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She is the author of a recent memoir co-written with historian Laszlo Csosz of University of Budapest, Yellow Star-Red Star (i2i Publications, Manchester). More information on Dr. Agnes Kaposi is available here.


Clara M. Chu (Director and Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)–more information available here
Ajit K. Pyati (Associate Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario)–more information available here


“Inaugural Workshop on Dislocation”

Tuesday, Februray 15, 8:00-9:30 AM CDT–Session 1 | Tuesday, March 15, 8:00-9:30 AM CDT–open consultation | Tuesday, April 19, 8:00-9:30 AM CDT–Session 2

To register (there is no charge), please go here.

“Workshop on Propaganda”

Tuesday, March 1, 4:00-5:30 PM CDT–Session 1 | Tuesday, April 5, 4:00-5:30 PM CDT–open consultation | Tuesday, May 3, 4:00-5:30 PM CDT–Session 2

To register (there is no charge), please go here.

More information on the series and its content is available here.

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