Call for Proposals: LACUNY Institute 2018

LACUNY LOGO“Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity”

Friday May 11, 2018 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY)

Submission Deadline: Friday February 16, 2018

Poster session deadline: Friday March 2, 2018

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The LACUNY Institute is an annual, one-day conference open to LIS professionals, students, and the general public. It is organized by the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY), and although geared to academic librarians, it strives to have broad relevance to the profession.

In a time of a polarized political climate, economic uncertainty, and social inequity, how can libraries actively support themselves and their communities? How can we advocate for ourselves and for communities we serve? What is our role in upholding democratic values of intellectual freedom, free speech, and free expression? How can we resist fascism, misinformation, and censorship? How can libraries foster inclusivity and empower the disenfranchised?

We invite proposals addressing this yeara��s conference theme, Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity.

Example topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The librarian as advocate
  • Inclusive librarianship
  • The role of technology in upholding library values
  • The politicization of (mis)information
  • Digital privacy
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Censorship

Types of proposals:

  • Panel discussion (15 minutes/presenter): Moderated panel presentations with time for questions and discussion.
  • Interactive presentation (45 minutes): Teams of two lead a discussion on topic of their choice related to the theme, with one person presenting context and the other facilitating conversation.
  • Alt-sessions (15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics through multiple ways of knowing (e.g., short documentary, spoken word, performance art).
  • Poster sessions

Questions may be directed to the 2018 LACUNY Institute Co-Chairs Mark Aaron Polger, or Junior Tidal at

Thank you!

LACUNY Institute 2018 Planning Committee

Nora Almeida, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Linda Miles, Hostos Community College, CUNY
Anne Oa��Reilly, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Ryan Phillips, Baruch College, CUNY
Mark Aaron Polger, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Meredith Powers, York College, CUNY
Maureen Richards, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Alexandra Rojas, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Junior Tidal, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Simone Yearwood, Queens College, CUNY

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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