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Talking Social Justice in Massachusetts Libraries: Diversity to Equity

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Devens Common Center

31 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

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Each spring, MLS offers a day-long program to give our members an opportunity to explore a topic in depth along with their peers. This year, we will focus on social justice, which is one of the themes in the 2017-2019 MLS strategic plan. Join us in June to:

  • Hear a keynote address from April Hathcock, whose writings and presentations on diversity and inclusion in librarianship have garnered national attention;
  • Discover what your colleagues in Massachusetts are doing to promote social justice at their libraries and in their communities at the spring program Idea Fair;
  • Learn about how the Committee on the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion at MIT Libraries has increased awareness among library staff and helped embed diversity and inclusion into library policies, practices, and events;
  • Identify actions you can take to promote social justice at your own libraries, and work with other attendees to plan how we can continue the discussion at the statewide level.

Full program information will be available soon!




Tentative Program:

9:30 AM - Registration and coffee

10:00 AM - Welcome

10:10 AM-11:15 AM - "Breaking Below the Surface of Racism, Whiteness, and Implicit Bias" with April Hathcock

11:15 AM-12:00 PM - Case Studies Discussion

12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00-2:00 PM - Idea Fair

2:00 PM-3:00 PM Keynote #2

3:00 PM-3:30 PM Action Planning



Interested in sharing a success story at our Idea Fair? Please submit your proposal here.

Would you like to participate in a car pool? Please sign up here.

Interested in taking public transportation? Take the Fitchburg Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail to Ayer. If there is interest, we can arrange a shuttle from the station to the conference center at 8:55 AM and back at 4:00 PM. Please register for the shuttle here no later than June 9th.


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