2016 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science

Monday, June 13, 2016

Registration for the 2016 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) is now open at: http://go.umd.edu/CIDLIS2016

CIDLIS 2016 will be at the University of Maryland on October 20 and 21. The pre-conference workshops will be the evening of October 20, and the full day conference will be October 21. As always, attendance CIDLIS is free and so is the food. Along with the ability to register, on the site you can also submit a proposal to present a paper or a poster at the conference.

CIDLIS is the one annual event at which practitioners, educators, and scholars interested in issues of diversity, inclusion,  rights, and justice in LIS can gather to learn, share, and network, CIDLIS has grown in five years to now draw attendees from across the United States and Canada, as well as from Europe and Asia. Last year’s conference had more 220 attendees and it was actively followed on Twitter using #CIDLIS2015. We anticipate the attendance at this year’s event will be even larger.

Learn together through discussion and activities at this year’s pre-conference workshops on the evening of October 20:

  • LIS Professionals as Change Agents: Tapping into Our True Potential through Collaboration with Social Work, led by Keren Dali of the University of Alberta
  • Making Diversity and Inclusion a Central Aspect of your Research Agenda, led by Paul T. Jaeger of the University of Maryland
  • Rural Libraries in the 21 st century: Places that Serve Diverse community Needs, led by Bharat Mehra of the University of Tennessee

They will occur simultaneously, so you can only sign up for one.

Papers and Posters
Share your research, programing and educational innovations, and best practices at your institutions by submitting a paper or poster abstract. We welcome any submissions at the intersection information, diversity, and inclusion in the areas of education, professions, practice, or research. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Information professionals and institutions as change agents;
  • Methods for increasing diversity in LIS;
  • Cultural competence and LIS;
  • Information professionals’ roles in promoting human rights and social justice;
  • Programming and services to special populations, such as people with disabilities or veterans.

Presenting at CIDLIS is a great chance to share your ideas and innovations with professionals, academics, students, and government representatives who genuinely want to promote change in the field. Submissions are due July 22 by 6 pm.

CIDLIS is a free conference (with free food) as a result of the support from these amazing sponsors of the event:

  • Anne Arundel County (MD) Public Library
  • Carroll County (MD) Public Library
  • Cecil County (MD) Public Library
  • Hartford County (MD) Public Library
  • Simmona Simmons
  • College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland
  • Information Policy and Access Center

Without these individuals and organizations, CIDLIS would not exist. If you would like to join as a co-sponsor of CIDLIS, please let us know!

If you have any questions, please contact us at lisdiversity@umd.edu