Upcoming Continuing Education Classes

These are webinar and traditional classes offered by the Network and other members of Empire State Library Network. Please see each class description for more information about class location and registration.

Apr 2021

Apr 23 2021 : Fascist and Authoritarian Symbols in the North Country


This presentation will provide a brief overview of some of the white power and anti-government cultures present in the North Country, including how they relate to broader trends toward authoritarian and anti-democratic tendencies among the American far right wing. 

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to identify and explain significant white power and anti-government cultural iconography present in the North Country region of New York State. 

Speaker topics:

White power movement, anti-government ideologies, militia movements, ecofascism, cultural anthropology, American political culture


Anyone involved in public education should attend to learn about the broader contexts within which they function. These trends threaten the very idea of achieving a pluralistic and multicultural democracy.

About the presenter:

Dr. Joseph A. Henderson is a lecturer in the Department of Environment and Society at Paul Smith’s College, where he teaches courses in the environmental social sciences. He is trained as an anthropologist of environmental and science education, and his research investigates how sociocultural, political, and geographic factors influence how humans think about energy and climate systems. He completed a PhD at the University of Rochester, where he conducted ethnographic analyses of science learning, sustainability education, and educational policy. His postdoctoral work at the University of Delaware examined the emerging field of climate change education. He is the co-editor of Teaching Climate Change in the United States (Routledge, 2020), and is on editorial boards at the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences and the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies. He is currently working with Paul Smith’s students on a research project that investigates how environmental education contributes to the growing threat of ecofascism. 


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May 2021

May 20 2021 : NNYLN 56th Annual Meeting

As part of our annual meeting, we’ll recognize our outgoing and incoming members of the Board of Trustees and announce the recipient of the Excellence in Library Services Award!

This year’s meeting features special guest speaker Fobazi Ettarh who will introduce her work on “Vocational Awe” in a presentation titled If You Do What You Love, You’ll Never Work a Day in Your Life! “Vocational Awe” is a term she coined for describing “the set of ideas, values, and assumptions librarians have about themselves and the profession that result in notions that libraries as institutions are inherently good, sacred notions, and therefore beyond critique.” Confronting systemic biases and working towards equity involves editing the narrative about our work. That is a social process that we must do together.

Following her presentation, we will have small group reflection after which we will reconvene and have a closing conversation.

A BIPoC only space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color attendees is available as well as an alternate space for those who do not wish to participate in the reflection portion. It is our wish is for everyone to feel comfortable in the space they choose.

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify vocational awe and its effects on librarianship.
  • Recognize and interpret the various implicit and explicit methods of enacting vocational awe within the organization/workplace.
  • Understand that whiteness plays a role in librarianship.
  • Identify how it affects workplace norms and culture.
  • Construct methods of decolonizing and reducing vocational awe in their lives/workplaces.

About Fobazi:

Fobazi M. Ettarh is currently the Undergraduate Success Librarian at Rutgers Newark. A school librarian by training, she specializes in information literacy instruction, K-12 pedagogy, and co-curricular outreach. Her research focuses on the decolonization of white supremacy in librarianship. She is the creator of the open-access video game Killing Me Softly: A Game About Microaggressions, which leads the user through the personal and professional effects of ongoing microaggressions. Recently, she coined and defined the concept of vocational awe, as seen in the article Vocational Awe: The Lies We Tell Ourselves. She is a 2020 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and author of the blog WTF is a Radical Librarian? Which examines the intersections of librarianship, labor, identity and diversity.


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