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Thursday, February 21 • 2:30pm - 3:55pm
We Here. Now What? : Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Music Technical Spaces

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Shared Notes for this Session:  https://goo.gl/6afvey

"Why do diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matter in music library technical spaces? What challenges do technical services librarians face when working to incorporate DEI strategies in their work? Building on the momentum created by advocacy groups for library workers of color such as We Here, this session will cover the importance of defining, clarifying, and prioritizing these values within library technical spaces, with an emphasis on the recruitment and retention of library workers from marginalized communities. Topics covered will include identifying strategic hiring and mentoring plans that grow a more diverse workforce, creating a path for advancement and leadership within various stages of librarianship, and resisting the devaluation of labor identified as “behind-the-scenes” work.

The session will be formatted with panelist presentations (including Q&A) in the first 55 minutes to provide a foundation for conversations and discussions in the second half of the session. Guided small-group discussions during the final 30 minutes will focus on identifying DEI issues in music library technical spaces and developing a plan of action for addressing them. With panelists’ recommendations in mind, participants will work in small groups to create a list of strategies for enacting change and promoting DEI in music library technical spaces and the broader libraries that we serve. The intended outcome of this World Cafe session is to create a space for dialogue and action to dismantle and transform policies, structures, and biases in library technical spaces and in the field of music librarianship."

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Monica Figueroa

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
she/her(s); social justice, equity, and inclusion in libraries
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Rahni Kennedy

Music and Media Catalog/Metadata Librarian, Southern Methodist University
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Treshani Perera

Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian, University of Kentucky
Treshani Perera (she/her) is the Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian at the University of Kentucky, and also serves as the head of the Fine Arts Cataloging Unit. Treshani provides original and complex copy cataloging for all formats in the Fine Arts Library, oversees preservation... Read More →
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Sandy Rodriguez

Associate Dean of Special Collections & Archives, University of Missouri--Kansas City

Thursday February 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:55pm CST
Grand Ballroom ABC
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