Academic Libraries 2017

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Thursday, March 09, 2017
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Mott Community College
1401 E. Court St.
Flint, MI 48503

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Librarians, both individually and collectively, have a long history of engagement with human rights issues as they pertain to libraries and the communities they serve: against censorship and discrimination; in support of the rights of immigrants, cultural minorities, the destitute, people with disabilities, children and young adults, the LGBTQ community, the elderly, those who are illiterate, and the imprisoned.

Join the Michigan Library Association on Thursday, March 9, 2017 as we explore how libraries can impact social justice.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

1401 E. Court Street
Flint, MI 48503
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.                
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.             
Our Libraries – A Closer Look at Building Inclusion
Does your library offer a welcoming and inclusive environment to every person who enters the door? Join in on this important conversation and learn steps that you can take to make your library a more inclusive space for all. Explore how to build greater diversity and take away practical steps that you can implement at your own library. This lively and interactive session will include a discussion on implicit bias. Learn strategies to reduce and interrupt bias when you see and hear it. Take a look a new and innovative outreach ideas being used by librarians today as they have built more inclusive libraries within their communities.
Presenter Kathleen LaTosch, of LaTosch Diversity and Inclusion Consulting, has over 25 years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector and has spent the last five working with nonprofit organizations to help them expand their diversity and inclusion.
Kathleen LaTosch, MSW, LaTosch Diversity & Inclusion Consulting
11:30 – 11:45 a.m.           
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Digital Poster Preview
This exciting new poster format allows library professionals from remote locations to present on imporant topics trending in the library community.  Each person has prerecorded their content and discuss with you their research and project details. The PowerPoint presentations and contact information will be provided to each attendee at the conference with links to their streaming video sent after the event.    
Real or Fake? How fake news affects society, and what libraries and librarians can do about it
Fake news stories in social and traditional media have become a huge societal issue; they are considered to have had a major impact on political events such as Brexit and the U.S. election. What does “fake news” look like and why is it so believable? What are the effects of widespread misinformation on society? Academic libraries and librarians have an essential role to play in helping students evaluate information, and recent events have demonstrated that this role is more important than ever before.
Pascal Lupien, University of Guelph Library;  Lorna Rourke, St. Jerome’s University Library
Empowering the Youth: UM Library's Partnership with the Washtenaw County Michigan Works Summer '16 Youth Employment Program
University of Michigan Library participated in the Summer '16 Youth Employment Program through SE Michigan Works. This program aimed to match inexperienced youth, ages 16-24, with employment opportunities in various fields. This presentation explores our experience in this program.
Rachel Maddix; Tashia Munson; Monica Porter; University of Michigan Libraries
“Would You Like to Test Drive the New Library Website?” Implementing Guerrilla Usability Testing at Academic Libraries
Academic libraries acknowledge the importance of usability testing, but its success can be hindered by time or budgetary restraints. Achieving results quickly and cheaply, “guerilla” usability testing produces valuable insights regarding website usage and functionality without conducting formal tests or focus groups. This presentation details our experience conducting weekly guerilla usability tests of the Wayne State University Libraries homepage, and will outline recruitment techniques, script development, observation methods, assessment, and other best practices for testing.
Alex Binno; Maria Nuccilli; Wayne State University Libraries
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.             
Lunch - Provided by Mott Community College Catering
Mexican Buffet:  tacos (vegetarian option included), rice, beans, fresh tossed salad and cookies
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Meet the Needs of Your Community:  Support Mechanisms and Resources for the Underrepresented Population
Explore the assumptions, stereotypes, and implied expectations that college students face from entrance to graduation and discover opportunities to promote social justice within the everyday happenings of the library in this interactive session. Amber Johnson, Director of TRiO Student Support Services at University of Detroit Mercy, will discuss the role that individuals within the academic field play in creating a space that encourages respectful and equitable treatment of students. Participants will engage in dialogue and activities that will assist them with meeting the needs of students through relationship building, collaboration, and advocacy.
Amber Johnson, Director of Trio Support Services, University of Detroit Mercy
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Coming Out and Looking Out in the Library
Access to research, information, history, and narratives about ourselves has been central to the coming out and coming to terms experience of the LGBTQ community. Fortunately, we have moved beyond the days when books on homosexuality were stored behind library counters, accessible only to the most brave. This session will include the intersection of history and research on the LGBTQ movement and community and explore best practices for supporting LGBTQ library patrons. Participants will consider how implicit gender binary bias manifests, how to engage with the LGBTQ community in inclusive ways, and how to meet the needs of LGBTQ communities in collections, services, facilities and programming. 
Danielle DeMuth, Associate Professor and Chair, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department, Grand Valley State University
After Hours Event
Chill and Chat at Table and Tap
You’re invited to come Chill and Chat with us after the conference at Table and Tap, a local Flint tap house. This pay your own way event at a unique local brewery offers another opportunity to network and get to know your peers in a fun, relaxed setting! Grab a beverage and some food and continue the great conversations from the day. Stay as long as you please while we Chill and Chat together!
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Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail no later than ten (10) business days prior to the program in order to qualify for a refund.  A $25 processing fee will be applied. Within ten (10) business days of the event, no refund will be issued. No-shows will be invoiced. 

Questions can be directed to or 517-394-2774.

Looking for Overnight Accommodations? 

Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn Express of Flint are close, easy choices.  Room rates and availability vary.