Date(s) - Feb 20 2019
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Social justice is imperative for a functional democracy. As libraries are in the democracy business, social justice is part of our core mission. We’ve heard from library people who believe in social justice, but don’t think they should take explicit stands on issues of race, sexuality, gender, religion, nation of origin, or class discrimination. They are concerned that the community will perceive the library as a politically partisan entity. In Hooray for Social Justice! we will dive into the difference between partisanship and speaking for our core values, and try actions every library can implement to build a culture of social justice.
About the Presenters:
Margo Gustina is an outspoken believer in the power of community to lead libraries toward more meaningful practice. A 2018 LJ Mover & Shaker, Margo works with libraries who serve rural communities, facilitating planning, funding, and governance conversations and processes. In addition, she is the Principal Investigator on the IMLS-funded Rural Library Service and Social Wellbeing nationwide research project.
Eli Guinnee is the State Librarian of New Mexico. He has more than 20 years’ experience in libraries, including at Colorado State University, the National Library of Scotland, the Buffalo Science Museum Research Library, and the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. His recent work has focused on sustainability, community engagement, and inclusivity, and he is a researcher on the IMLS-funded Rural Library Service and Social Wellbeing nationwide research project.
This program is free for NNYLN and ESLN members.