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Social Justice Work in Library & Information Careers

This event is brought to you by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences 

Date: October 19, 2021 at 11:45 a.m. PT / 1:45 p.m. CT / 2:45 p.m. ET

Library work is inherently justice work. LIS professionals must understand how power shapes information creation, storage, access, etc., and learn how to disrupt and dismantle the various oppressive systems that prevent equitable library and information use. In this session, we will discuss social justice work in public libraries (collections, programming, employment, etc.), the need for more underrepresented people and people who are explicitly justice-oriented to enter the information profession, and some resources to support those doing justice work in libraries and information organizations.

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Meet the Speakers


Sarah Park Dahlen
Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sarah Park Dahlen is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and she researches Asian American youth literature and transracial Korean adoption. A graduate of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department, she earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She co-edits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, co-edited Diversity in Youth Literature, co-created the Diversity in Children’s Books infographics, and administered Lee & Low’s 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey. Her next books address race in the wizarding world with Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and Asian American youth literature with Paul Lai.

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