Social Justice Summit: The Power of Active & Engaged Librarianship — July 19, 2017 — Binghamton, NY

Social Justice Summit: The Power of Active & Engaged Librarianship

Binghamton University Libraries & South Central Regional Library Council are co-sponsoring a one-day Summit!

When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017; 8:30am – 4:00pm

Where: Binghamton University

What: A one-day Summit designed as a call to action for library workersa��directors, librarians, staffa��everyone! Participants will leave with an action plan to positively impact equity and inclusion for diverse and under-represented groups.

Fees: Early bird registration (through June 30): $60; As of July 1: $95
Deadline for registration: July 10 at 4 p.m.

*Registration is free for Spectrum Scholars*
For more information and to register:

Provide actionable tools for librarians that help them to confidently explain why they support social justice causes to their communities and stakeholders.
Define Critical Librarianship and provide context for understanding the fallacy of neutrality.
Increase awareness of diversity issues facing patrons/users/members.
Determine best practices for directly serving and including diverse populations.
Learn methods to encourage hiring practices for diversity and inclusion; and support a diverse workforce.
The day begins with our two keynote speakers, Dr. Loriene Roy and Martin Garnar, followed by two workshops led by Binghamton’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Center for Civic Engagement. All participants will take both workshops. The keynote speakers end the day by facilitating action planning. Lunch is provided; please note any dietary needs when registering.

Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Workshop:
1) Windshield Survey: Neighborhood Inventories, Identifying assets and deficits.
2) Creating safe spaces.
3) Hiring, promoting and retention
4) Enhancing workplace culture: discussing microaggressions & their impact on our workplaces.
5) Privilege and power structures as barriers to equity & inclusion

Civic Engagement Workshop:
1) Advocacy, Impact and Influence; getting the word out to diverse populations.
2) Developing Relationships with stakeholders and policymakers.
3) How to be an Ally.
4) Bursting the “filter/culture bubble”: the danger of social media and information filtering.

Keynote Speakers:

Martin Garnar is dean of the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He served as co-chair of the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, is currently serving as co-chair of the ALA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Implementation Working Group, and is the incoming chair of the ALA Committee on Diversity. A two-time graduate of Binghamton University (BA ’93, MA ’95), he earned his MLIS from the University of Denver in 2000. Martin lives at the base of Pikes Peak with his husband Mark and their impossibly cute miniature dachshunds.

Loriene Roy is Anishinabe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation (Pembina Band), a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Roy received an MLS from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches graduate courses in reference, library instruction, and access and care of indigenous cultural knowledge. She is also an adjunct instructor for the LIS Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She served as 1997-1998 President of the American Indian Library Association and the 2007-2008 President of the ALA.

We hope to see you there!


Mary-Carol Lindbloom, Executive Director
South Central Regional Library Council
Clinton Hall, 108 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-273-9106 ext. 203***Fax: 607-272-0740***Email:

Celebrating 50 years of partnership with the library community, SCRLC leads and advocates for its members by promoting learning, collaboration, and innovation. South Central Regional Library Council – a member of the Empire State Library Network (NY 3Rs).

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