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Engineering Change in Libraries: A Pathway for Meaningful Action

Is your library wanting to build community?

Join colleagues from around the world in learning and planning globally to create change locally.

The aim of Engineering Change in Libraries is to understand the Other and mobilize our libraries to provide more effective and equitable services and programs to underserved communities. Inspired by Dr. Agnes Kaposi, a catalyst for change and 31st Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture, Engineering Change is organized into two components: (1) the lecture (setting the context) and (2) a two-session workshop for library staff and stakeholders to engineer change in libraries in a process of understanding the Other and planning globally to create change locally.

THE LECTURE – November 8, 2021.  See: https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/lectures/
-A 30th Anniversary Celebration event: https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/30th-anniversary/

THE WORKSHOPS

  • Inaugural Workshop on Dislocation
    Feb 15, 2022; 8:00-9:30 am CT session 1 <RECORDING> | March 15, 8:00-9:30 am CT open consultation | April 19, 8:00-9:30 am CT session 2
  • Workshop on Propaganda
    March 1, 2022; 4:00-5:30 pm CT session 1 <RECORDING>| April 5, 4:00-5:30 pm CT open consultation | May 3, 4:00-5:30 pm CT session 2


For details, see Engineering Change in Libraries webpage. 

Incomprehension Workshop with Ann Morgan  (UK-based author and literary explorer)
Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am Chicago, USA Central Time (4:00pm-5:30pm London), online event
Ann Morgan, the 26th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecturer (2016), UK-based author, editor, literary explorer, TED speaker, and Royal Literary Fund fellow.

Event Description: An interactive online session exploring how embracing not knowing and focusing on the things we don’t understand in a text can enrich and broaden our relationship with reading, culture and ourselves. It draws on an approach to reading developed during Ann Morgan’s 2012 quest to read a book from every country (https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com).

Biography: Ann Morgan is an author and editor based in Folkestone, UK. In 2012, she set herself the challenge of reading a book from every country in a year, recording her quest on the blog ayearofreadingtheworld.com. The project caught the imagination of readers around the globe, many of whom continue to correspond with her about books. In addition to widespread international media coverage, the quest led to a TED talk with more than 1.8 million views and the non-fiction book Reading the World. Nearly ten years after her original quest, Ann continues to blog, write and speak about international literature, as well as building a career as a novelist. Her debut novel, Beside Myself, has been translated into eight languages and optioned for TV. Her next novel, Crossing Over, was published as an Audible Exclusive in 2019. She is Literary Explorer in Residence of the Cheltenham Literature Festival for 2022 and 2023. 

For more information, please visit:

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Sankofa Black Studies / Diasporic Futures: A global conversation among information scholars – A Presentation and critical engagement of the book: The History of Black Studies by Abdul Alkalimat (Pluto Press 2021)
Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 11:00 am-12:30 pm USA Central Time, online event

Speakers:
Abdul Alkalimat, Professor Emeritus, Department of African American Studies and School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Paulette Kerr, Campus Librarian, University of the West Indies Mona, Jamaica
Archie Dick, Professor Emeritus, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Moderator:
Rebecca Hankins, Wendler Endowed Professor, Texas A&M University Libraries

Book:
The History of Black Studies by Abdul Alkalimat (Pluto Press 2021)
Book available from Pluto Books (30% discount with code ALKALIMAT30)

Sponsors:
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
Department of African American Studies
School of Information Sciences
Center for Advanced Studies
Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy
Center for African Studies
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Libraries: Training for Innovation
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, 7:30–9:00 p.m., Makkah time (GMT+3)


Webinar Description:

The Naseej Academy and the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs would like to invite you to register for an upcoming webinar, entitled “Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Libraries: Training for Innovation”, co-presented by Clara M. Chu (Director and Mortenson Center for International Library Programs) about the Mortenson Center’s collaborative project on the IDEA Institute on AI.

The objectives of the webinar are to:
• introduce AI in libraries
• describe the IDEA Institute on AI and its contribution to providing professional, innovative training in AI to library and other information professionals
• understand challenges and opportunities in implementing AI in libraries based on real-world experiences of the first cohort of Institute Fellows
• consider equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility issues, and ethical questions, in AI implementation.

Speakers:
Dr. Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.
Dr. Dania Bilal, Professor, School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.

For more information, visit: https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/idea-institute-on-artificial-intelligence/

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Gigabit Libraries International Workshop
January 19, 2022, 8:00 am Central Time (US)

Workshop Description:
A follow-up interactive, hands-on session to the “Gigabit Libraries and Beyond: Improving Broadband Access Worldwide” Webinar, held on October 19, 2021, for participants to virtually “workshop” possible approaches to localizing the toolkit for communities across the globe. Participants will engage in interactive activities including creating a network diagram, a demonstration of a WiFi stumbler, and break into groups to discuss strategies to localize the toolkit across the globe.

To prepare for the workshop, please watch the short explanatory video, if you have not attended the October 19th webinar or watched the webinar recording.

Facilitators:
Carson Block (carson@carsonblock.com) has led, managed, and supported library technology efforts for more than 25 years. He brings a user-centered technological perspective, with an emphasis on transparent and powerful solutions, with some “gee whiz” thrown into the mix. Carson’s passions include leading technology visioning and planning, creating highly-functional work groups, technical design (including infrastructure, RFID, and points of self-service), and project management with a focus on technology solutions tailored for each library and its community.
Stephanie Stenberg (sstenberg@internet2.edu) is Director of the Internet2 Community Anchor Program, where she works with regional networking partners, community anchor institutions, and Internet2 membership organizations to support mutually beneficial goals of bringing networking, trust and identity services, and advanced applications to community anchor institutions nationwide. Since joining Internet2 in 2018, she has been part of three Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded grant projects focused on libraries and connectivity.

Sponsored by: International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group of the ALA International Relations Round Table, Mortenson Center of International Library Programs, and Gigabit Libraries.

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WEBINAR handouts:

Gigabit Libraries and Beyond: Improving Broadband Access Worldwide
October 19, 2021, 8:00-9:15 am CT

Webinar Description: 
Libraries worldwide are a key resource in supporting and providing broadband access to their communities, which continue to experience inequitable access to the internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs). The Toward Gigabit Libraries toolkit is a free, self-service guide created to help libraries understand and improve their IT capacities and broadband resources. Join this webinar that will first introduce internet access globally and the role of libraries in providing internet access, followed by an interactive discussion on IT and broadband challenges your libraries face and learn about how the toolkit can help libraries beyond the US, understand and address them. While the toolkit was originally created for United States libraries, this session will focus on areas that can be applied and adapted to an international audience. Participants are encouraged to describe their technology challenges and work with the facilitators and other attendees to seek solutions.

Prior to attending the session, attendees can download and review a free version of the Toward Gigabit Libraries Toolkit and also watch the short explanatory video on the site:
Resources:
Toward Gigabit Libraries Toolkit
The Toward Gigabit Libraries Toolkit and Broadband Improvement Plan – Stephanie Stenberg, Director, Internet2 Community Anchor Program and Carson Block, Library Technology Consultant, Carson Block Consulting, Inc. (PDF file, 890 GB)
Gigabit Libraries and Beyond: Improving Broadband Access Worldwide – B. Shadrach, International consultant with BS Consulting. (PDF file, 1.1 MB)

A follow-up interactive, hands-on session is scheduled on January 19, 2022; 8-10 am CT for participants to virtually “workshop” possible approaches to localizing the toolkit for communities across the globe.

Speakers: 
Carson Block (carson@carsonblock.com) has led, managed, and supported library technology efforts for more than 25 years. He brings a user-centered technological perspective, with an emphasis on transparent and powerful solutions, with some “gee whiz” thrown into the mix. Carson’s passions include leading technology visioning and planning, creating highly-functional work groups, technical design (including infrastructure, RFID, and points of self-service), and project management with a focus on technology solutions tailored for each library and its community.
B. Shadrach (shaddy.shadrach@gmail.com) is an international consultant with BS Consulting and holds a PhD in Information Science from Loughborough University, UK (2003), with a specialization in Rural Informatics. He understands the rights-based processes involved in pro-poor information and knowledge systems at the grassroots level, and addresses the challenges of broadband access and affordable ICTs in the developing world. He has worked as CEO of large international and regional organizations, and pioneered programs and innovation.
Stephanie Stenberg (sstenberg@internet2.edu) is Director of the Internet2 Community Anchor Program, where she works with regional networking partners, community anchor institutions, and Internet2 membership organizations to support mutually beneficial goals of bringing networking, trust and identity services, and advanced applications to community anchor institutions nationwide. Since joining Internet2 in 2018, she has been part of three Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded grant projects focused on libraries and connectivity.

Sponsored by: International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group of the ALA International Relations Round Table, Mortenson Center of International Library Programs, and Gigabit Libraries.

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September 21, 2021; 12:00-1:15pm CT (Chicago)
Libraries recovering better for an equitable, sustainable and peaceful world (A Welcoming Week Online Panel Discussion)

Speakers:
Elizabeth Pierre-Louis Augustin, Program Director, Fondation Connaissance et Liberté – FOKAL (Haiti)
Ana María Talavera Ibarra, Professor, Information Sciences Program, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Peru)

Moderator:
Clara M. Chu, Director and Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Summary: As the world recovers from the pandemic, the recovery process is unequal. Libraries can take action by sharing best practices to lead and support local needs across the globe. In their role as community hubs, all libraries contribute to their communities to recover better for a more equitable, sustainable and peaceful world. Since launching the Libraries for Peace Initiative in 2016, the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs has invited the library and information community to celebrate Libraries for Peace (L4P) Day as the world community observes International Day of Peace on September 21 every year. In celebration of the United Nations’ 2021 theme “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world” and the Mortenson Center’s 30th anniversary, we invite you to celebrate peace by providing information on protecting communities against the coronavirus variants, promoting the right to health information and preservation of traditional medicine, combatting acts of hate online and offline, and providing spaces that foster community engagement and understanding.

In this webinar, speakers will present how libraries in their countries can recover better for an equitable, sustainable and peaceful world from a time of difficulty, not only because of the pandemic but political instability, economic insecurity, and environmental hazards. The presentations will be followed by a panel conversation and Q&A with the audience.

For more information: https://librariesforpeace.org/l4pday/2021-2/.
A webinar in celebration of the Mortenson Center’s 30th Anniversary.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021; 7:00-8:15 pm
Food Culture from Near and Far: Stories of Identity and Belonging (A Welcoming Week Online Panel Discussion)

Panelists:
Mubanga Chanda
, Stango, Chef/Co-Owner of Stango Cuisine
Julianna Jung
, Home Baker and 2020 winner of The Food Network Holiday Baking Championship
Jackie Aguilar, El Paraiso, Co-Owner of El Paraiso

Moderator:
Merin Oleschuk
, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abstract: The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library) and the UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship invite you to a virtual dialogue by Champaign-Urbana (CU) residents, who have made CU home and introduced their culinary knowledge and skills to the community. The dialogue will be based on food culture to understand the attitudes, beliefs and practices that surround the production and consumption of food. The focus will be on ethnic food culture which embodies our ethnicity and cultural heritage, shapes our identity, fosters a sense of belonging, and provides a medium for communicating and engaging both within and outside our families and communities. The session will begin with a panel discussion, then we welcome attendees to engage by asking questions, and sharing their association of food with their identity and sense of belonging.

Co-sponsors: Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship

This is a Welcoming Week 2021 event of Champaign County:  https://universityymca.org/welcome/ww21/.  For more information, please see the Mortenson Center and Unesco Center for Global Citizenship Facebook pages.

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June 18, 2021, 12:00-1:15pm Central Time
Library Services to Refugees during the COVID-19 Pandemic (A Webinar)

Speakers:
Elsa Ngan, Senior Services Specialist, Multicultural Services, Toronto Public Library
Julie Robinson, Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment Outreach Manager, The Kansas City Public Library
Marcelo Rodríguez, Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian, Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, University of Arizona

Moderator:
Clara M. Chu, Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for communities worldwide and the libraries that serve them. Libraries have had to pivot to ensure the safety of their staff and users while continuing to provide accessible and safe services. How have libraries specifically responded to serve refugees and how are they planning to transition to offer welcoming spaces and services for refugees post-pandemic? The webinar will present the experiences of libraries in and outside the United States serving refugees, and policies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic that have impacted the welfare of refugees and asylum seekers. The webinar addresses the 2021 World Refugee Day theme: Together we heal, learn and shine.

Co-sponsors: Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, ALA Office for Diversity, Literary and Outreach Services, and ALA International Relations Office.

For more information, visit: https://publish.illinois.edu/projectwelcome/world-refugee-day/world-refugee-day-2021/

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April 7, 2021, 7:30-9:00 pm Riyadh [11:30am-1:00pm CT Chicago]
From Practitioner to Author: Opportunities for Journal Publishing in Library Trends and Beyond

Description:
Library and information specialists are not only consumers of information but they also play an important role in creating content. Journal articles are one form of content that contributes to enhancing practice, education and research. Do you want to publish your first journal article or improve your publishing output? The Naseej Academy and Mortenson Center for International Library Programs will present a 1.5-hour webinar for library and information specialists on getting a journal article published, with a focus on the experiences and guidelines of Library Trends. https://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/library-trends  Webinar attendees will receive a 20% discount on a journal subscription.

Speakers:
Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jaya Raju, Professor and Head of the Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship, Humanities Faculty, University of Cape Town

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Join us for our Feedback Forum regarding the IFLA BSLISE Guidelines!
The IFLA Building Strong LIS Education Working Group invites the library and information science (LIS)  community to provide feedback on the draft IFLA Guidelines for Professional Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Programmes by completing a feedback form AND/OR attending an online forum. The Guidelines serve as a framework for LIS education programmes and assist stakeholders in planning, developing and assessing the quality of LIS education and identify the knowledge areas an LIS professional should have to practice and continue to develop. It has been created to be applicable at any level of higher education.

We would appreciate commentary (e.g., strengths, gaps, etc.) on each section of the Guidelines, its use as a tool for the development of quality in LIS education, and its potential for adoption, support, or promotion to enhance the quality of LIS education locally and globally.

Join us at our online feedback forums. Each session, which will use the same format and content, has been designed for accessibility by regions, time zone and language.

March 2021 event dates:

March 3, 12pm CT (Chicago) – Americas (ENGLISH) – Moderated by Clara M. Chu, Jaya Raju, Chris Cunningham
March 10, 12pm CET (The Hague) – Africa and Europe (ENGLISH) – Moderated by Jaya Raju, Helen Emasealu, Aida Slavic
March 17, 12pm GMT-5 (Lima) – Latin America (SPANISH and PORTUGUESE) – Moderated by Ana Maria Talavera, Virginia Ortiz-Repiso Jimenez, Clara M. Chu
March 24, 12pm GMT+8 (Beijing)  – Asia and Oceania (ENGLISH) – Moderated by Sohaimi Zakaria, Jiuming Ji
[FRIDAY] March 26, 2pm GMT+3 (Moscow MSK) – Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) (RUSSIAN/ENGLISH TBD) – Moderators TBD. Co-hosted by the Library and Information Science Department, St. Petersburg State University of Culture – A special session of the Lifelong LIS Education annual conference.
March 31, 12pm GMT+2 (Cairo) – Middle East and North Africa (ARABIC) – Moderated by Saif Abdulla Al-Jabri

THANK YOU for your interest and contributions to the development of the IFLA Guidelines for Professional Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Programmes (LIS Education Framework Development Group, IFLA BSLISE)

The BSLISE Working Group is an initiative of the IFLA Education and Training Section (SET), LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (LISEDC SIG), and Library Theory and Research (LTR) Section. To learn more, visit https://bslise.org/

Hosted by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign.

For More information, visit: BSLISE Guidelines

February 9, 2021, 3:00-4:30 pm Chicago / February 10, 8:00-9:30 am Melbourne
Mapping LIS Education Programs: Professional, Education and Research Perspectives

The IFLA Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group invites you to the Mapping Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Programs webinar to learn about the international survey, directory and map of LIS education programs developed as a response to one of the recommendations of the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education White Paper (2018). Technical specialists will present the development of the survey, directory and map, and provide a demonstration. LIS leaders will address opportunities, needs and sustainability of the directory and map from professional, education and research perspectives.

Panelists:
Christine Mackenzie, President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions; Freelance Librarian (Australia)
Sandra Hirsh, President, Association for Library and Information Science Education; Associate Dean of Academics, College of Professional and Global Education, San Jose State University (United States)
Carlos Alberto Ávila Araújo, President, Asociación de Educación e Investigación en Ciencia de la Información de Iberoamérica y el Caribe; Associate Professor, School of Information Science, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Technical Presenters:
Nuria Bautista-Puig, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Industrial Management, University of Gävle (Sweden)
Tiago Braga, General Coordinator of Information and Computer Technologies, Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (Brazil)
Chris Cunningham, Adjunct Professor, North Carolina Central University (United States)
Fatih Oguz, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (United States)

Moderators:
Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Jaya Raju, Professor and Head, Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

The BSLISE Working Group is an initiative of the IFLA Education and Training Section (SET), LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (LISEDC SIG), and Library Theory and Research (LTR) Section. To learn more, visit https://bslise.org/

Hosted by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign.

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December 16, 2020, 7:00-9:00 pm Riyadh [10am-noon CT Chicago]
Infodemic, Info-vaccine and Libraries During the COVID-19 Pandemic Workshop (in collaboration with the Naseej Academy)

Presenters:
Kendra S. Albright, Goodyear Endowed Professor in Knowledge Management, School of Information, Kent State University
Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bharat Mehra, EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice & Professor, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alabama

The term infodemic, first coined by Gunther Eysenbach (2002), refers to the rapid, large-scale dissemination of all kinds of health information and misinformation through a variety of media and information channels. This term is apt because the global consequences of this mode of information dissemination resulting in an overabundance of information, some of it accurate and some not, resembles the transmission of a pandemic. The current COVID-19-related infodemic is of significant consequence that the World Health Organization has created mythbusters and multiple disciplines are collaborating in the new field of research, infodemiology, to combat this infodemic. How can the library and information field respond?

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Naseej Academy will present a two-hour workshop on the infodemic during the COVID-19 pandemic for library and information specialists. It will introduce the COVID-19-related infodemic, the need for an information vaccine (Albright, 2016) and its significance for libraries. Then, it will explore solutions that library and information specialists can undertake, through a discussion of experiences with infodemics. The workshop will present ideas and actions that library and information specialists can undertake as solutions and prevent the spread of the COVID-19-related infodemic.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020; 5:00-6:00pm CST/6:00-7:00pm EST
Special Literacy Month Webinar with Clara M. Chu, “Libraries, Rotary, and their Partners Developing Peaceful Communities”

Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor of the Mortenson Center for International Libraries, has received many prestigious humanitarian awards. Her specific topic, “Community-Library Inter-Action (CLIA)” is a mindful practice, co-designed internationally, for libraries to facilitate community dialogue and action of, by, and for the community, that leads to social transformation. Facilitating conversations and Working WITH, not just FOR communities, will be presented, including using literacy to address social equity issues.

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Monday, September 21, 2020; Time 12:00pm-1:15pm CST
Libraries Shaping Peace Together: A Global Dialogue of Association Leaders (A Webinar)

Speakers:
Antonia Arahova, IFLA Treasurer; Head of Library, President’ s Private Office, Presidency of Hellenic Democracy
Camille Callison, IFLA Indigenous Matter Section Chair; Indigenous Strategies Librarian, University of Manitoba
Julius Jefferson, ALA President; Section Head, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress

Moderator:
Clara M. Chu, Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Since launching the Libraries for Peace Initiative, the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs has invited the library and information community to celebrate Libraries for Peace (L4P) Day as the world community observes International Day of Peace on September 21 every year. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2020 is “Shaping Peace Together”. In this panel discussion, association leaders will discuss how libraries can shape peace together, the ways that their associations provide leadership for libraries to shape peace together, and opportunities for library associations working with each other and/or other organizations to create collective impact in advancing peace.

More information available at: https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/

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Monday, September 21, 2020, 10:00-11:00 am CST
Transcending Borders: From Librarians Collaborating Abroad To Reconsidering Opportunities in a Virtual World

Speakers: Dallas Long, Deborah Chavez and Janet Lee

Moderator:
Clara M. Chu, Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Three professional librarians, who have worked outside the United States, will share their international experiences. In this time of social distancing and travel limitations, participants will discuss means and opportunities for international virtual engagement. A resource list will be made available to registered participants.

More information available at: http://www.ala.org/rt/irrt/initiatives

Sponsored by: International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group of the ALA International Relations Round Table, Mortenson Center of International Library Programs, and Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

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Thursday, September 17, 2020; 7:00-8:15 pm CST
“Global CU: Poetry of home and community identity” (A virtual dialogue)

Speakers:
Jason Finkelman (Director, Global Arts Performance Initiatives, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts)
Emily Knox (Associate Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Information Sciences)
Kofi Bazzell-Smith (Artist, Boxer, U.S.-Japan Bridging Scholar)
Amani Ayad (Community Member and Co-Founder of the UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship)
Miriam Larson (Executive Director, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center)

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library) and the UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship invite you to a virtual dialogue by Champaign-Urbana (CU) residents, who have made CU home, whether they were born here or elsewhere. The dialogue will be based on poetry that speakers have selected and will read that reflects their sense of home (is the poetry from home — near or far — or about home?) and discuss how or whether the poetry contributes to their identity to CU as a community.  What fills our heart, provides comfort, creates memory, reduces loneliness, feels familiar, creates connections and what is the meaning of place? are some of the questions we will explore.  During the session, we welcome attendees to engage by asking questions, and sharing their poetry of home and community identity.

This is a Welcoming Week 2020 event of Champaign County, see https://universityymca.org/welcome/ww20/.  For more information, please see The Mortenson Center and Unesco Center for Global Citizenship Facebook Page

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020; 1:00-2:00pm CST
“Multiple ways of knowing: Global perspectives on academic libraries re-imagining systems of knowledge”

Speakers:
Kanwal Ameen, Professor & Vice-Chancellor, University of Home Economics (Pakistan)
Spencer Lilley, Associate Professor, Massey University (New Zealand)
Ana Ndumu, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park (United States)

Respondent:
Paulette A Kerr, Campus Librarian, The University of the West Indies – Mona Campus (Jamaica)

Moderators:
Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Jaya Raju, Professor and Head, Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

This webinar is the first event of the Chai Wai Series: Race, Social Justice, and Ways of Knowing, organized by the International and Areas Studies Library and the  Mortenson Center for International Library Programs of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The focus will be “Multiple ways of knowing: Global perspectives on academic libraries re-imagining systems of knowledge,” which is the title of the International Insights column to be published in the October 2020 issue of College & Research Libraries News. The authors will present their column contributions, followed by a response, and a panel discussion.

For more information: https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/chaiwai/

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Date/Time: June 18th, 2020, 12-1 pm CST 
From Refugee to Librarian: In our own words (Webinar)

Speakers:
Constantia Constantinou (H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director, Penn Libraries)
Touger Vang (Director, Montgomery Community College Library)

Moderator:
Clara M. Chu, Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Abstract: As librarians we have worked to create welcoming spaces and services for refugees. We have learned about them in order to support their resettlement and integration. The refugee stories we read about come from the communities we serve. How about the refugee stories that come from our own professional and academic community? In this webinar, we give voice to refugees who have become librarians or library educators. They will share their journey from persecution to resettlement to professional career, giving the listener a glimpse into their experiences of struggle, resilience, hope and belonging.

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