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Wednesday, August 10 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Caught in the Crossfire: A Conversation on Libraries and Communities in Distress

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In this town hall, facilitators will share brief comments regarding the role of libraries in times of crises, including ideas such as the need to integrate critical approaches into LIS education and programming; the need for strong community partnerships; strategies for self-care; legal considerations regarding protest and free speech; and how LIS education may play a role in preparing future LIS professionals. We also wish to interrogate the idea of the library as a place of neutrality, a phrase that we have seen made by public librarians on social media. The remaining time will be spent facilitating a town hall discussion strategizing action steps.


Renate Chancellor

Assistant Professor and PreLaw Advisor, Department of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America
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Nicole Amy Cooke

Assistant Profesor, MS/LIS Program Director, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois
Nicole A. Cooke is an Assistant Professor, and Director of the MS/LIS program, at the School of Information Sciences, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds an M.Ed in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University, and an MLS and a Ph.D. in Communication, Information... Read More →

Sarah Park Dahlen

Assistant Professor, Master of Library and Information Service Program, St. Catherine University

Amelia Gibson

Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Shari Lee

Assistant Professor, Division of Library and Information Science, St. John’s University

Yasmeen Shorish

Data Services Coordinator and Associate Professor, James Madison University

Wednesday August 10, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Charles E Young Research Library