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Diversity, Equity, and Justice Talks: In and Beyond the Library

Moderated by Design and Technologies Librarian Jen Brown

Technology is often championed as the great equalizer--a perfect set of tools and services that make our libraries run more smoothly, and reach broader audiences. It is important, however, to be critical of the ways technology does or does not address inclusion, equity, or systemic oppression, or indeed exacerbates core problems.

As libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions attempt to embed diversity and equity into the core of their institutional practices, it can be helpful to provide ample platforms for discovering, engaging with, and highlighting powerful narratives that reflect the work we must do in order to continue pushing against systemic oppression--or to highlight where we aren’t pushing hard enough.

ZineCat: The Zine Union Catalog

With Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman

This session, held in the Zine Pavilion, is about ZineCat (work-in-progress), a union catalog dedicated to zines! It brings together holdings from disparate libraries with divergent metadata schema. The zine union catalog attempts to harmonize, rather than normalize and find mutuality, rather than control of creators and descriptors. The catalog is built on the open access platform Collective Access and is made with zine creators in mind, as much as catalogers and researchers. We’re still just at the prototype stage and embrace new contributors and contributions!

Three Takes on Transforming Spaces and Services for Student Success in the Library and across Campus

With Library Dean Jen Green

How is your library part of the campus conversation regarding student success? This panel will look at how three different institutions have been implementing services and spaces for student support and learning –- across the campus and within the library. American University has looked broadly at this topic through their RiSE (Reinventing the Student Experience) initiative to address the needs of their dramatically changing student body and to foster inclusion, retention, and academic success. Barnard College and Hunter College have designed new libraries to transform opportunities to support student success and offer expanded modes of research and learning.

Our panel will address this topic on three different scales: through learning about a campus-wide initiative to reinvent services supporting student success; through understanding how a new library was able to envision expanded models for student work and research – including the impact of those decisions on staffing and service models in the library; and as part of extensive renovations that bring important, relevant student support spaces to the library.

Creating short, DIY instructional videos for library patrons

With Media Center & IMATS Director Melanie Hibbert

In this hands-on session, we will lead a workshop in creating short, easy video materials with library professionals. The goal is to demonstrate how video resources can be created in D.I.Y. and lo-fi methods, as one way to instruct library patrons and connect them with resources. We will begin the workshop by showing examples from our respective institutions (Barnard College and Florida International University), and quick videos we created using cellphones and screencapture software. These videos arose from needs around connecting patrons with library resources, including online students who needed additional support connecting with databases; and students who needed help navigating re-housed collections while the Barnard Library was under construction for 2.5 years. After introductions and short explanations, we will ask participants to break into smaller groups and produce short videos using their smartphones. This will be a guided exercise, where generative questions will be posed so that participants can think about what instructional videos would be useful in their context. Helpful filming tips and tricks will also be included. Then, they will create “mock-up” videos. The session will conclude with a brief “film festival” where groups will share out their work. Smartphones are required.