Welcome and Announcements
Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, Chair of LYRASIS Board of Trustees
Keynote: Dr. Pamela Newkirk: Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion Dollar Business
Breakouts Focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
Suggestions from the Field: Ideas for Implementing DEI Based on Lessons from Community Projects with Sofia Ziegler, Head of Digital Programs and Services, Louisiana State University.
- The Louisiana Trans Oral History Project (LaTOHP) is a trans-run, community-focused initiative to gather and preserve stories of the transgender and gender nonconforming communities in Louisiana. This presentation will introduce the work of LaTOHP, and use that as a case study to explore a number of concrete, actionable suggestions for cultural heritage institutions interested in implementing DEI initiatives.
- LYRASIS facilitators: Erin Tripp, Teddy Gray and Jackie Lewis.
Building a Digital Accessibility Service Model with Stephanie S. Rosen, Accessibility Strategist & Librarian for Disability Studies, University of Michigan Library; and Jonathan McGlone, Front End Developer, UI Designer & Accessibility Specialist, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library.
- Building a resilient and permanent culture of digital accessibility at a library can be challenging and often begins with only a handful of staff doing accessibility work. But how can accessibility work expand beyond just a few staff to the entire library? At the University of Michigan Library, we've found that sharing and embedding accessibility knowledge, values, champions, and expertise across the entire library can be accelerated through a digital accessibility service model. This session will detail how and why we created the U-M Library Digital Accessibility Team in 2017, discussing the services we provide to library staff--web accessibility evaluations on vendor products and internal projects, toolkits and templates for staff, outreach, and consultations--what we've learned over the last few years providing these services, and how this service model could be applied to other libraries.
- LYRASIS facilitators: Sharla Lair, Stephanie Moreland and Lydia Tang.
Racial Justice and Academic Libraries: Leadership for a Way Forward with Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Manager, Surveys and Research, ITHAKA; Trevor A. Dawes, Vice Provost for the Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian, University of Delaware; and Curtis Kendrick, Dean of Libraries, Binghamton University.
- Recent national survey findings from Ithaka S+R have served to affirm the desire of academic library leaders to make their organizations more equitable, diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist. And yet these results also underscore the confidence that many leaders are lacking in having personnel and collections strategies that truly support these objectives. Trevor A. Dawes, Curtis Kendrick, and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg will discuss this national study and the steps that the University of Delaware, Binghamton University, and Ithaka S+R are taking to launch an anti-racism audit focused on personnel outcomes, perspectives, practices, and policies.
- LYRASIS facilitators: Kirsten Giotto and Sheila Rabun
Initiative for Equity + Innovation: A Community-Focused Approach with Witnie Martinez,Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Gantt Center.
- In this session, Witnie Martinez, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture, will share the latest initiatives at Gantt from a museum community perspective and invite participants to discuss “What are the biggest challenges around building relevant content to engage our communities?” and how can we as the GLAM community work together to innovate our equitable resources?
- LYRASIS facilitators: Linda Colet and Beth Scheinfeld
Remarks by Robert Miller, LYRASIS CEO and Closing Speaker Donald A. Outing
Closing Remarks with Robert Miller