Registration is open for the ALAO Annual Conference Libraries Act, Respond, Transform: The A.R.T. of Empowerment on Friday, October 27, 2017, with a pre-“UNconference” on October 26 at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus. Early-bird registration ends Sept. 15.
The conference’s 28 programs, keynote address by NYU’s April Hathcock, additional poster sessions and roundtable discussions will explore how academic libraries and librarians provide resources and initiate programs, partnerships and policies that empower patrons, staff and stakeholders while advancing equity and social justice.
Don’t miss the Thursday evening social! Make sure you also RSVP at registration for the OhioLINK 25th anniversary celebration.
I also want to highlight the preconference, “Powered by the People.” Attendees will participate in engaging conversations on current topics at this workshop on Thursday, October 26. Gary Daniels from the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will kick off the day with a presentation on students’ rights including speech, religion and privacy. The latter portion of the day will follow an unconference format — a participant-driven exchange of ideas. Attendees will receive an invitation to submit conversation ideas approximately two weeks prior to the event to allow for timely conversations on what matters most to them.
Special thanks to the 2017 program committee for working on this exciting program. Planning this annual conference is volunteer-driven, and the committee’s careful consideration of each detail for the event will surely show. Some highlights are below.
Community Agreements: The conference planners seek to create a space for respectful dialogue and debate about critical issues. Upon registration, attendees will be asked to review and accept a list of community agreements. Conference planners will strive to create spaces in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one voice dominates. We welcome any suggestions that will make this a safe and productive space for all.
Sustainability: The committee will be selective about what it chooses to print. As such, attendees should stay tuned for details about electronic conference programs, evaluations and more. We encourage attendees to carpool to and from the conference to reduce pollution. We also encourage attendees to bring their own refillable water bottles and coffee mugs to the conference to reduce waste.
I look forward to convening our association for multiple days of important conversation and energizing networking.
-Katy Kelly, President, University of Dayton