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Saturday, February 23 • 11:00am - 11:55am
Transformative Student Workers, Transformed Institutions

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We propose a roundtable session with student workers as the central theme. More specifically, we seek to highlight and discuss the ways in which student workers serve as exemplars for equitable, inclusive practices in music libraries and how we can better serve their needs—and the needs of their peers—by implementing policies that include them as partners.

Jarod Ogier will discuss how student workers in the Music & Dance Library at Ohio State have used their connection with their peers to help build a cohort with diverse backgrounds, majors, viewpoints, and strengths. They have formed a sense of community around their shared library work that allows them to support each other, and invite others to learn and grow with them. Mallory Sajewski will offer viewpoints from her students at Western Illinois University that demonstrate how non-majors, and even students without a music background, can provide fresh perspectives and make music libraries more welcoming, inclusive places for all students, regardless of major. 

Students from WIU and OSU will “lead” the discussion by offering their perspectives on a variety of related topics via short, pre-recorded videos. The goal will be to hear student perspectives directly, then build dialogue around them with the attendees in the room. Seating will be arranged to facilitate dialogue, rather than “presentation” by any individual. Jarod and Mallory will come prepared with primers for discussion and will be ready to offer them as needed.

Student employees are essential to the daily operation of our libraries. Beyond the basic tasks that we ask of them, however, lies a trove of knowledge, experiences, and ideas that too often remain unexplored. Though recent cultural events have highlighted the ability of young people to organize, express, and educate on a national scale, many of us are already keenly aware of the drive toward positive change that our students possess. We see it as we recruit and train them to work alongside us. We hear it as we open ourselves up to dialogue with them. We recognize the tremendous benefit that they provide as entry points to a more equitable and inclusive music library environment.

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Jarod Ogier

Circulation & Media Services Supervisor, Ohio State University
I serve in a paraprofessional capacity, running daily circ. operations, but also handling local events and supporting technology (both old and new) for the M&D Library at OSU.
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Mallory Sajewski

Head of the Music Library, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 11:55am CST
Grand Ballroom ABC
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