Leadership and Community Building in Academic Libraries

ACRL/NY New Librarians’ Discussion Group & ACRL/NY Mentoring Program

Tuesday 4/6 3:30-5:00pm

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The ACRL/NY [acrlny.org] New Librarians Discussion Group and Mentoring Program are committed to fostering and promoting a sense of community and support among experienced academic librarians, LIS students, and those new to the profession. We understand and appreciate the importance of our professional communities, especially in these difficult times. In what ways has the idea of community building changed during this pandemic, both within and outside of your own institution? How does one build and nurture, or just seek out, a supportive community? Leadership is incredibly important to successful community building. What does leadership mean to you? What does it mean to take on leadership at any level? What are some qualities that define a successful leader?

Join us for a panel of individuals with community building and leadership experience to discuss these ideas together with attendees.


  • Davis Erin Anderson

Davis Erin Anderson, Assistant Director for Programs and Partnerships at METRO Library Council, has been focusing on building community on a professional level since she was first hired at METRO in 2013. Since then, she’s produced, facilitated, and/or designed hundreds of workshops, panel discussions, and community conversations. In her spare time, Davis practices French horn and dreams about playing with an orchestra again one day.

  • Emma Antobam-Ntekudzi

Emma Antobam-Ntekudzi is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Bronx Community College. At present, she is a Co-Chair of CUNY’s Library Information Literacy Advisory Committee (LILAC) and an active member of SLA’s Diversity Inclusion Community Equity (DICE) division. Emma organizes events and facilitates conversations on combating anti-blackness and de-centering whiteness in librarianship and the SLA community.

  • Kathleen Dreyer

Kathleen M. Dreyer has been the Chief Librarian and Chair at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) Randolph Library for over five years.  Previously she was the Head of the Watson Library of Business and Economics at Columbia University.  Dreyer is interested in creating a culture of care within the department to build community and foster leadership.

This event is free and open to all current members of ACRL/NY only.

Memberships start at just $10 and benefits include participation in our Mentoring Program [acrlny.org] and in all Discussion Group events and programming such as this panel event, as well as discounted registration fees for our Annual Symposium. Become a member [acrlny.org]! Not sure if you are a current member? Contact sbaschnikw@oldwestbury.edu. NOTE: You do not have to be a national member to join ACRL/NY. We have reduced rates for students and job seekers.

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