In support of ALA’s multiyear campaign of Libraries Transform, we want to foster dialog about inclusion and ethics in libraries. Key speaker, Loida Garcia-Febo, and a panel of thoughtful leaders will facilitate audience discussion after the Ethics committee performs three different skits. In the tradition of “What Would You Do?”, we will strive to shed light on ethical dilemmas involving religious, cultural and LGBTQ issues. Reflecting on the recent resolution to ALA council, one skit will address potential Islamophobia and the ethical responsibilities of librarians to promote libraries transforming to a global and inclusive space.
• Loida Garcia-Febo is an international librarian expert in human rights, access to information, advocacy, diverse populations, new professionals, and continuing professional development. She is President of Information New Wave, a not-for-profit seeking to bring education to multiethnic populations. Garcia-Febo is a member of the ALA Executive Board and the IFLA Governing Board. As an Expert Resource Person of IFLA's FAIFE Committee, she collaborated in the creation of IFLA's Code of Ethics for Librarians and other Information Workers. http://loidagarciafebo.com/
• Anastasia Chiu is a Resident Librarian at Temple University. She received her MSLIS from St. John's University, and has worked in many different types of libraries, including the New York Society Library, the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library, and EdLab/Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a metadata fiend, with special interest in the way metadata work in libraries intersects with scholarly communications and library instruction.
• Jeffrey Sowder is Head of Robert W. Woodruff Library Technical Services at Emory University. He is Chair of the ALA GLBTRT Membership & Promotion Committee which reaches out to the Round Table membership with information about the Round Table and manages marketing campaigns for new and renewed members. The Committee also sponsors the Buddy Program, pairing mentor sponsors with new or first-time attendees at ALA Midwinter and Annual Meetings. Jeffrey also serves on the Senate Diversity Committee and on the Advisory Committee for the Campus Office of LGBT Life at Emory University. He and his husband married in NYC on April 1, 2014. He’s a member of Lambda Legal and Georgia Equality and keeps up with a range of concerns with diversity in higher education and is active and involved local and national social justice causes.
• Sara Ahmed works in Upper Darby Sellers Library as Gen Next Programmer. She received her Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Drexel University and was a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader. She specializes in programming for 18-29 year olds because she believes all age groups should find resources and programs in the library.
This program is co-sponsored by the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBT-RT).
Meeting Type: Program
Interests: Diversity, Ethics
Type of Library: Academic, Association, Community College, Consortium, Corporate, Elementary School, Federal, Government, High School, Information-related Organization, Joint Use, Law, Library School, Medical, Middle School, Museum, Native, Nonprofit, Other, Prison Library, Public, Regional System, Research Library, Retired, Rural, School/Media Center, Seeking Employment, Special, State Library, Student, Tribal, Undergraduate
Sponsors: ALA, PLA, IRRT, GLBTRT
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
International Librarian Expert Consultant
.Information New Wave, New York
Head of Technical Services
Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University
Gen Next Programmer/Reference Librarian/Cataloger
Upper Darby Township & Sellers Memorial Free Public Library
Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania