LACUNY Institute 2018

Librarianship in Challenging Times:
Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity.

    

Call for Proposals

Please submit proposals by February 16, 2018

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 year’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

Please submit proposals by February 16, 2018


ABOUT

THE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK LACUNY is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes, including without limitation, the encouragement of cooperation among the libraries of the City University of New York, the stimulation of professional growth of the librarians on their respective staffs, and the promotion of the professional interests of the members of the association.

Planning Committee

Nora Almeida, New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Linda Miles, Hostos Community College, CUNY

Anne O’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