Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Unequal footing: Advocating for teaching librarians & creating a more equitable practice of librarianship

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The aim of justice through teaching tends to focus on the teacher as facilitator of justice for their students rather than themselves. Without a groundwork of respect, understanding, and solidarity in our instruction programs and among colleagues, it is unlikely that we can effectively pursue social change through our classrooms. This session considers questions essential to justice and teaching in libraries: Is it easier to seek justice on others’ behalf than our own as librarians? Does librarianship promote its core values of democracy, freedom, and social responsibility only for its patrons, doing so at the cost of those within the field? How are the expectations of teaching even more burdensome for those of us who embody some form of marginalized identity? What can we do to lift one another up?

The speakers will bring the power dynamics of library instruction to the forefront, in order to ground ambitious aims of justice in the everyday. Participants will be asked to reflect on their positions and expectations at their institutions, and through small group discussions, we will determine what an equitable instruction practice could look like. Participants will brainstorm specific steps they can take to realize these aims at personal, departmental, or profession-wide levels, and create a larger impact through small and intentional actions.


Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm AST
HUB 332 (Seats 120)