CIDLIS 2016 Workshops

Three workshops will occur on Thursday, October 20; one from 3-5pm and two will be held simultaneously from 6-8pm. Light snacks will be provided.

3-5pm: Making Diversity and Inclusion a Central Aspect of Your Research Agenda
Dr. Paul T. Jaeger (University of Maryland)

This workshop will offer strategies for doctoral students and faculty members (both in library & information science programs and in academic libraries) who wish to emphasize diversity and inclusion in their research agenda. The workshop will cover issues such as identifying research topics, incorporating diversity and inclusion into other researcher areas, targeting receptive journal and conference outlets, crafting research statements, and navigating hiring and promotion processes.

6-8pm: LIS Professionals as Change Agents: Tapping into Our True Potential through Collaboration with Social Work
Dr. Keren Dali (University of Alberta)

As diversity advocates striving to make a difference in their communities, LIS professionals have much to learn from the field of Social Work (SW), in which practitioners and scholars proudly consider themselves change agents. The converging nature of SW and LIS has already been recognized in the creation of dual degrees, professional collaborations, and cross-disciplinary training opportunities. This workshop will initiate a conversation on the benefits of SW practical and theoretical approaches for educating change agents in LIS. Following a brief introductory talk, the workshop will engage participants in a series of interactive activities, ranging from question-guided discussions to creative productions.

6-8pm:  Rural Libraries in the 21st Century: Places that Serve Diverse Community Needs
Dr. Bharat Mehra (University of Tennessee) 

This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to explore how rural libraries can serve diverse underserved populations and meet unique community needs in response to debilitating socio-economic and socio-cultural circumstances. It will consist of three parts: 1) The facilitator will briefly discuss select community engagement efforts focusing on the Appalachian region to demonstrate the role of library and information professionals in partnering with rural libraries to address the challenges they have experienced in the 21st century. 2) In small groups during an interactive session, the audience will identify specific underserved populations in rural areas in the United States or around the world and conduct a “strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats” analysis to develop a strategic action plan tailored to those conditions and settings. 3) The small group leaders will report the results of their deliberations with the entire workshop audience to highlight future directions of application and growth of rural libraries.