At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
This presentation will discuss how cognitive justice is a theory of epistemology that recognizes that knowledge is embedded in the ecology of a culture. It will make a case that it is appropriate for LIS professionals to concern themselves with cognitive justice, specifically via Margaret Egan and Jesse Shera’s theory of social epistemology.
This session brings together the leaders of key information associations in order to explore new ways of working together, thinking out of the box and into the future, and advancing the field of information through collaboration, identification of shared goals and values, and an increased public support and understanding of the field. By the end of the panel, we hope to offer practical recommendations on moving forward and next steps.
Information science as a discipline is foundational to a diverse group of information fields and professions. As it continues to experience dramatic transformation in close alignment with the digital revolution, we now find our discipline at the heart of innovation and creativity across all disciplines, from the arts and humanities, science and medicine, to the full range of the information professions. Yet, while we are cognizant of the key role we play, the expertise we bring, and the contributions we make to the information society, we have not been as successful in communicating what we do and its value, for want of a connected information community that is broadly representative and comprehensible.
The panel is tasked with reflecting on a series of questions dealing with the future of LIS and LIS education. Below are guiding questions, which will be examined by our panelists and attendees. We count on diverse perspectives and viewpoints to enrich the dialogue:
In sum, it is in the spirit of constructive and collaborative problem-solving, that we invite leaders from key organizations representing a broad spectrum of information-related fields and associations and that also concern themselves with the education of the next generations of information professionals and scholars to speak to key challenges before us, which we identify as those of communication, collaboration and identifying shared goals as we leverage today’s digital convergence across disciplines. With this panel, it is our hope that we will take the first steps toward establishing a sustainable model of collaboration to the benefit of the information communities represented by our associations. We look forward to the panel’s perspectives and to audience participation.
The session will be advertised in advance through social media as a means to engage the widest possible audience. The questions and suggestions collected will be summarized and presented for discussion during the panel session. We endeavour to come out of the session with a set of concrete measures and actions that will be followed up on in different formats and channels after the day’s proceedings. Tell us what you think, using: #ALISE2015speakup
Organizers: Dr. Nadia Caidi (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto); Dr. Tula Giannini (SLIS, Pratt Institute)
Moderator: Dr. Tula Giannini (SLIS, Pratt Institute)
Community conn@CT is a space for ALISE members to connect with local social justice organizations and each other to create and innovate solutions to advance the organizations' missions. ALISE members will have the opportunity to hear about current issues and consider possibilities for creating collaborative solutions.
•Gerber/Hart Library and Archives - http://www.gerberhart.org
•Inspiration Corporation - http://www.inspirationcorp.org
•South Side Community Art Center - http://www.sscartcenter.org
•Teen Living Programs - http://www.tlpchicago.org
Using institutional theory and domain analysis, this paper describes the legitimacy of public libraries as durable social institutions of social justice in terms of the fit between a community's cultural/socio cognitive perception of libraries and the professional norms prescribed within library school.
Using homeless LGBTQ youth as an example, this presentation addresses the need for information professionals to work together with those we identify as different from ourselves to create shared and mutual understanding and review some of the barriers to this understanding, in order to look closely at the flow of information, what impedes that flow, and how to remove that impediment, so the information can be universally accessed.
What universities call 'community engagement' resembles what millions of John Green's fans, students and librarians among them, call 'nerdfighting." This talk explores efforts to develop a new course framed by nerdfighting and local parameters for community-based learning.
This paper attempts to address key questions in a preliminary workplace study of a small (52,000) urban public library embracing ALA's "Libraries Transforming Communities" initiative with The Harwood Institute. Themes of equity and diversity are critiqued.
This presentation will share findings from an active research project conducted with program participants and a literature review focused on the social aspect factors that can impact success for diversity resident, grant and scholarship programs.
New Faculty (Jenny Bossaller, Heather Moulaison)
Historical Perspectives (Susan Rathburn-Grubb, Sean Burns)
Multicultural, Ethnic and Humanistic Concerns (Nicole Cooke, Delicia Greene)
Sharing an office at a university happens because of lack of space and resources. This session presents the collaboration advantages occurring when two professors voluntarily create a shared office space.
Curriculum (YooJin Ha, Linda Lillard)
Development and Fundraising (Ed Cortez, Steven Bajjaly)
Information Policy (Kelly Visnak)
International Library Education (Rhonda Clark)
Three Study Abroad classes in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa were developed with the intention of broadening students’ understanding of social justice issues in libraries and archives. Interviews with students are presented that discuss how or if the trip changed their perspective and practice of librarianship.
This paper highlights the situation of physically challenged users of university libraries of India who are not able to use libraries because of lack of infrastructural support. In spite of strong legal framework there are gaps and delays in the implementation of the policies that could enhance the use of libraries and provide social justice to them.
This panel gathers archival scholars at the forefront of what might be termed ‘critical archival studies’ and includes those who engage in research and practice that examines the role of archives in displaced or marginalized communities. The discussion will focus on methods, ethics and approaches drawn from actual experiences in the field. The role of digital technology in such research encounters will also be explored.
This presentation will bring together theory and praxis using examples from 18 years of technology education in LIS to consider the question: “How can a critical sociotechnical systems framework be used in technology education to foster transformation through empowerment?” This question will be explored using two primary cases: the LIS course, “Introduction to Networked Systems,” and the short course version, “Demystifying Technology,” offered through public and school libraries to patrons.
This session reprise a research presentation made by the ALA Doctoral Spectrum Fellows. The Social Justice Collaboratorium is a global online resource dedicated to bridging research pathways between LIS and social justice. This panel segment will discuss the vision, ideation, project management, and implementation process. Attendees must be registered for the ALA Midwinter Conference to attend this session.