Reference Librarianship & Justice: Critical Interventions


Reference Librarianship & Justice: Critical Interventions
Book Launch Celebration and Discussion

Friday, March 8
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Happy hour with beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks to follow

Join us for a half day event to celebrate the recent publication of Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice and Praxis.

METRO Library Council, along with the book’s editors, are hosting a dialogue and happy hour to continue the conversation on the history, application, and critical dimensions of reference services.

In the book and in this event, we stake out and explore the terrain of a critical, social-justice oriented, purposeful, and engaged reference practice. How and when do reference work and justice work overlap? What steps can be taken to further a reference practice that seeks justice? These questions, among many others, will be discussed through panels, lightning rounds, and breakout sessions.

12:30 p.m.
Doors open

1:15 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Social Justice and Reference
Panelists: Kate Adler, Ian Beilin, and Eamon Tewell

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Presentations & Panel Discussion: Reference Services and Incarcerated People
Panelists: Mia Bruner, Joshua Finnell, and Emily Jacobson

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Lightning Rounds: The History and Praxis of Reference and Justice
Speakers: Jeff Hirschy, Michelle Nitto, Carrie Forbes, and Haruko Yamauchi

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions: Exploring the Practice of Reference and Justice
Facilitator: Julia Marden

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Happy hour with beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks