The first-annual Social Justice and Libraries Open Conference is an unconference-style event for library workers and students focused on dismantling structural oppression. We work to theorize, strategize, and operationalize ways for libraries to empower people and ideas. We believe in critiquing power structures, working for justice, and building community in our field.
Participants are encouraged to pitch their own discussion ideas for the event. Topics with the most buy-in will be given a breakout space for the conversation to take place. The rest is up to you!
Some sample topics include (but are definitely not limited to):
- The role of libraries in community activism/outreach
- Whiteness/diversity in librarianship
- Creating inclusive spaces
- Critical/inclusive pedagogical practices
Plan your trip to the Northwest School using the King County Metro Trip Planner Tool. The Northwest School is located at in the Capitol Hill neighborhood at 1415 Summit Avenue, Seattle WA 98122. Please use the main building's Crawford Place entrance for our event. It is short 10 minute walk from the downtown Convention Center.
Wayne Au is an Associate Professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, and he is an editor for the social justice teaching magazine, Rethinking Schools. His work has focused generally on critical education theory, critical policy analysis, and teaching for social justice. Specifically he has engaged in scholarship about high-stakes testing, social studies education, curriculum studies, and multicultural education. Dr. Au’s scholarly articles have appeared in Educational Researcher, Harvard Educational Review, and Teachers College Record, amongst others, he has edited multiple volumes including, most recently, the four-volume Routledge Major Works in Critical Education (with Michael Apple) and Mapping Corporate Education Reform: Power and Politics in the Neoliberal State (with Joseph J. Ferrare). He is also author of two books: Unequal by Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality (Routledge, 2009) and Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing (Routledge, 2011).
C. Davida Ingram is a Seattle-based, conceptual artist whose artwork focuses on storytelling. She uses social practice, performance art, and site specific installations in her work. She also explores desire, space, time, and memory using blackness as both fulcrum and prism. Ingram is specifically interested in counter-narratives to dominant culture that expand inquiry-making around 21st century black female subjectivity. Her re-readings of gender, sexuality, economic class, and vernaculars create a new imaginarium that re-conceives of what the black female body can be and become. Her interest in breaking down categorical notions means Ingram's art has incredible plasticity. Her mediums have included Craig's list ads, hypnotists, drones, Facebook click bait, and cell phone videos, with a emphasis on collaboration and critical consciousness. She plots pulse points between notions of psyche and soul, habit and memory, society and the individual. Her art, arts writing, curating, and community projects use radical imagination in disarming ways. Along the way, Ingram's work slides in and out of the realms of autobiography, documentary, fairy tale, and fiction--bringing the black woman's body into clear view. Ingram is the 2014 winner of the Stranger Genius award. Her work has been shown at Northwest African American Museum, Frye Art Museum, Town Hall, Intiman Theater, Evergreen College, SOIL Art Gallery, and more. You can follow her at @idebelle76 on Twitter. She is currently the Public Engagement Programs Manager at the Seattle Public Library. Previously she was the Teen, Family & Community Programs Manager at the Seattle Art Museum and Co-Director at Video Machete and Women in Director’s Chair, two community-based arts groups in Chicago. Ingram holds BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a MA in Art Criticism and Visual Culture from Bard College.
This schedule is subject to minor changes.
|10:00am to 10:30am||Registration/Pitch Session|
|10:30am to 11:00am||Speaker 1: C. Davida Ingram|
|11:00am to Noon||Discussion Topic 1|
|Noon to 1:00pm||Brown Bag Lunch/Pitch Session/Tabling|
|1:00pm to 1:30pm||Speaker 2: Wayne Au|
|1:30pm to 2:30pm||Discussion Topic 2|
|2:30pm to 3:30pm||Conclusion/Report Back|
SJL wants to make sure your conference experience is comfortable and accessible! Below are the features we have in place to create an inclusive space. We welcome your suggestions and input.
If you need additional accommodations to participate in this event, please contact email@example.com. We appreciate early requests so we can best meet your needs.
- We ask that this be a scent-free space; please use unscented products before attending our event
- Gender neutral bathrooms
- ADA accessible entry
- Alternate and advance versions of written materials will be made available upon request
- Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available
- Children are welcome, but childcare will not be provided
- Priority seating upon request
- Rooms will be arranged to accommodate wheelchairs
- Parking will be limited; carpooling or use of public transit is encouraged
- Participants will need to bring their own lunch, snacks, and beverages
We strive to make this space a welcoming and open one. We recognize that discussions on diversity, justice and oppression can be triggering, challenging and emotionally taxing. In an effort to make space for all voices to emerge and critical discourse to take place, we provide a baseline of community agreements. These agreements are borrowed from Cultures Connecting. We welcome any and all suggestions that will make this a safe and productive space for all. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Experience discomfort
- Stay engaged
- Speak your truth
- Take risks
- Listen for understanding
- Expect and accept non-closure
- Be excellent to everyone
Who We Are
This conference was inspired by the #critlib conversation happening on Twitter. In an effort to localize conversations and build local community around inclusivity and community engagement in libraries, three University of Washington MLIS students have organized this conference in conjunction with a local Critlib Reading Group.
Reed Garber-Pearson does reference and instruction at the University of Washington and Seattle Central College. Reed will earn an MLIS from the University of Washington in June 2016.
Allison Reibel will earn her MLIS from the University of Washington in summer 2016. She is interested in youth and community college librarianship. Allison currently works for Seattle Public Library.
Marisa Petrich is a library instructor and reference specialist at UW’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library, and will receive her MLIS from the University of Washington in June 2016. She is interested in academic libraries.
Critlib Seattle Member Participants
- Althea Lazzaro
- Dave Ellenwood
- Megan Watson
- Danielle Rowland
- Elaine Harger
Thanks to our event tablers: