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Friday, February 22 • 9:00am - 10:25am
Plenary II: Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce--Considerations for MLA

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MLA has made herculean efforts in the last ten years to review and address deficits in its membership, namely as it relates to ethnic and racially diverse members. Through the endeavors of the Organization’s Membership and Administration, efforts such as the ARL/MLA DII Fellowship and MLA’s Diversity Scholarship have resulted in a renaissance in the Organization’s makeup. Yet, as an organization, fellowships and scholarships--a great first step--cannot be a stopping point to the work. Knowing the impact diversity initiatives have had on our Organization, how do we--as members of MLA--manifest these efforts at our home institutions? Specifically, how can Our membership positively influence the recruitment and retention practices of music archives and libraries?

Recruitment and retention of music LIS personnel are not mutually exclusive, and our membership must advocate beyond MLA for diversity amongst our collegial makeup. While we have proven our commitment to promoting diversity in our field, research indicates that we each bring our personal experiences and cultural histories into the hiring and employment process. Research additionally indicates that in order to retain diverse colleagues, libraries and archives must work to ensure a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment for new hires. This plenary session will address this quandary by examining research-informed best practices for forming diverse search committees and removing implicit bias from search committees. Moreover, this session will provide insights on retaining a diverse workforce (e.g., mentoring, discouraging exceptionalism).

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Denise DeCou

Washington University
Denise DeCou is the director of Diversity and Inclusion, Content Development and Program delivery for Washington University in St. Louis.  In her role, Ms. DeCou developed curriculum designed to engage staff and faculty primarily, and students in becoming more aware, more understanding... Read More →
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Sara Outhier

Music Librarian for Digital & Audio Services, University of North Texas
Sara Outhier is the Music Librarian for Digital and Audio Services at the University of North Texas. She is the curator of the Local / Independent Music Initiative of Texas, and she is responsible for digital project planning and design and audiovisual collection development and management... Read More →

Vincent Pelote

Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies
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Mark A. Puente

Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, Association of Research Libraries
-- Program Director for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program -- Director, ARL Leadership Symposium -- Faculty for ARL Leadership Fellows Program -- ARL representative to the Nexus LAB: Leading Across Boundaries project advisory board -- Alumnus of the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians... Read More →
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Holling Smith-Borne (he/him)

Director, Wilson Music Library, Vanderbilt University
Directing Libraries; music librarianship; working with transgender studentsHolling Smith-Borne has been the Director of the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library at Vanderbilt University since 2006. Previously, he was the Coordinator of the music library at DePauw University in Greencastle... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00am - 10:25am CST
Grand Ballroom EF
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