Autoethnography is a qualitative research method centered on personal experiences; through self-reflection and observation, it presents an opportunity for researchers to actively examine themselves and their sense of self as they relate to the cultural, social, and political context surrounding them. It also presents an opportunity for library professionals to critically explore our own field at large, as well as how diversity, inclusion, and the intersectionality of our identities impact the practice of librarianship.
This session will examine diversity and inclusion in librarianship as seen through an autoethnographic lens. It will bring together library professionals across a range of roles and areas—such as those within public services, technical services, and administration—who have engaged in meaningful self-reflections of their experiences and personal identities and how these have directly informed their daily work. It will also feature perspectives from library professionals from different stages of their careers, including veteran librarians and in particular, new and emerging voices in the profession. As a nod to the personalized nature of autoethnographies, this session will be framed as an active and conversational exchange between the panelists, rather than an isolated set of individual presentations.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ACRL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.