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Saturday, February 23 • 1:00pm - 1:55pm
It’s More than Gender Pronouns: Let’s Talk That

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Our biases are influenced by our background, environment, and personal experiences, and bias happens by our brains making incredibly quick judgments and assessments of people and interactions outside of awareness. Though racial bias and discrimination is well documented, biases may exist toward any social group. One’s age, gender, gender identity/expression, physical abilities, religion, sexual orientation, weight, and many other characteristics are subject to bias. We naturally bring these biases to the library, and they can heavily influence recruitment, hiring, teaching in the classroom, interactions with patrons, displays, signage, collection building--essentially every aspect of our daily work. It's easy to get preoccupied with gender pronouns and labels, but in this interactive discussion we will talk about that issue and go beyond the pronouns to look at our unconscious gender biases.

Discussion topics will include: 
  • detecting unconscious biases in yourself and your library;
  • building skills related to empathy and openness; 
  • creating an inclusive library and workplace;
  • implementing your personal action plan.



Speakers
avatar for Kathleen (Kathy) Abromeit

Kathleen (Kathy) Abromeit

Public Services Librarian (she/her), Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
Kathy Abromeit is the public services librarian in the Conservatory Library, where she works to create positive, engaging, and user-centered experiences for students. She enjoys collaborating with faculty to develop meaningful library experiences for students to learn about the tremendous... Read More →
avatar for Holling Smith-Borne (he/him)

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 →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 1:55pm CST
Grand Ballroom ABC
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