April 20, 2018: Can the library do everything? The changing role of librarians and the library as a space of social inclusion
First webinar in 2018 was organized by jointly by IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning, IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group, and the American Library Association.
The growth of political polarization throughout the world has prompted many librarians to reexamine various professional roles within the library and in relation to social justice and community engagement. This webinar will examine the changing role of the library and ways to engage and account for the needs of users from marginalized communities, as well as those who are veterans, transfers, and scholars from diverse backgrounds.
Presenters were Kelly McElroy, Magali Sanchez and Dr. Mei-Mei Wu.
Kelly McElroy is the Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries & Press. She received her MLIS and Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia. Kelly organizes with her communities as a coordinator of the annual Zine Pavilion at ALA Annual, is a moderator of the #critlib chats on Twitter, and is a founding member of her local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ). She co-edited the two-volume Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook (ACRL 2016), winner of the 2017 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award.
Magali Sanchez, Latina Services Librarian at the Newberg Public Library in Oregon. Received my BA in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis on Chicanx Studies from Oregon State University.
Working with UNIDOS Bridging Communities, a diverse non-profit working to advocate for Latino immigrant families and build bridges of support and understanding among Latino and non-Latino communities in rural Yamhill County, Oregon.
Future University of Arizona Masters in Library Information Science graduate student.
Dr. Mei-Mei Wu is a Professor and the founding chair of the Graduate Institute of Library & Information Studies of National Taiwan Normal University. She earned her MLIS and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Dr. Wu co-founded the Chinese Information Literacy Association (CILA) in 2003 and served as the Committee Chair of Information Literacy of LAROC (Library Association of R.O.C.) in 2012-13. She served as the Chair of the International Relations Committee for the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) from 2012-13, which became the Association for Information Science and Technology in 2013. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Library and Information Science (JLIS).