ACRL 2011

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ACRL 2011

Sessions of Particular Interest to FTF Members Attending the ACRL 2011 Conference in Philadelphia




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We've reviewed the ACRL 2011 Conference Schedule with an eye toward sessions with a focus on feminism or gender, diversity, and social issues. And yes, we're wondering about that final keynote session, too. Please feel free to suggest -- or add -- listings!

Wednesday, March 30

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Opening Keynote: Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker, Artist, Internet Pioneer, and Activist

4:00 PM - 5:45 PM, Ballroom A/B
Founder of The Webby Awards and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, she was honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century.” Her films have been selected at over 100 film festivals and have won 20 awards including Audience and Grand Jury Prizes. Shlain’s films are a fusion of documentary and narrative and known for their whimsical yet provocative approach unraveling complicated subjects like politics, cultural identity, technology and science.

Thursday, March 31

Fags, blacks and Hutterites: Challenging prejudice and stereotypes with the Human Library; Nancy Goebel, Head Librarian, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Room 105 A/B
The Augustana human library brings to the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta an opportunity to discuss prejudice and stereotypes with the persons who have been recipients of prejudice and stereotypes. The Human Library is an initiative whereby people who have experienced these barriers in life become “Human Books” and are taken out for coffee by “Readers”. The Human Book tells their story putting a human face to prejudice and stereotypes.


Building a "Town and Gown" Collaborative Partnership to Promote Diversity and Literacy: A University Library's Involvement in the National African American Read-In Chain Literacy Initiative; Grace Jackson-Brown, Assistant Professor, Library Science, Missouri State University

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Room 105 A/B
This paper describes building a successful partnership that involves a university library in collaborative activities with town entities to develop literacy programs for community children. The collaborative partnership was headed by librarian leadership with faculty and professionals from other university units, the public school system, public libraries, and a city civic organization. Collaborative efforts resulted in an inaugural city-wide celebration of the National African American Read-In Chain (AARIC).

Ethnography and the Hispanic Student: Using Real Data to Connect with Students; Dave Green, Associate University Librarian & Mary Thill, Humanities Librarian, Northeastern Illinois University

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Room 201 B/C
Librarians who want to support the mission of their university must turn their attention to America's fastest growing student population: Hispanics. Yet how much do you really know about these students? After participating in a two-year ethnographic study involving 600 participants, two presenters will demonstrate how to create an action plan that supports the academic success of Latino students. Learn how you can use qualitative and quantitative data to connect with Hispanics at your institution.

Keynote: Raj Patelexternal image r_patel.jpg

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom A/B
Patel is an authority on the world economic system and the international food crisis. Raj brings the idea of interdependence to his writings about sustainability, the food crisis, and democracy. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. He is an award winning author of five books including Voices of the Poor: Can Anyone Hear Us?, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his 2010 New York Times best-seller, The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.


Friday, April 1


Green Libraries on Green Campuses; Deborah Wills, Head, Reference, Wilfrid Laurier University Library

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM, Roundtable 9
Environmental sustainability, of growing interest to libraries, must be considered in the broader campus context. What sustainability issues are common to libraries and campuses? What strategies can help libraries raise their profile as campus partners? How might libraries share training and education initiatives with the campus?

What about Me? Assisting Library Users with Print Disabilities; Yolyndra Green, Central Piedmont Community College

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM, Roundtable 31
As libraries plan and develop their services for patrons, many times a particular group set is not incorporated – our library users with disabilities. Understanding the need to have library access for all patrons needs to be remembered and implemented.

Mentoring in a Cross Cultural Environment; Danielle Colbert-Lewis, Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Pittsburgh University Library System & Sean Colbert-Lewis, Assistant Professor of Education, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM, Roundtable 45
More librarians entering the profession come from underrepresented groups. Mentoring serves to help new librarians succeed and their mentors should consider the following … What factors may affect their performance? How do you create an environment inviting to new librarians? When do you start to back off as a mentor?

Are All Reference Interactions Created Equal? How Gender Might Matter to Our Users; Jennifer Bonnet, French Studies Librarian & Beth Strickland, Women's Studies Librarian, University of Michigan

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Room 105 A/B
How does the gender of a user influence her or his experience at the reference desk? What patterns of user behavior might emerge by applying a gender perspective to better understand reference transactions? This study recorded over 400 user-librarian interactions at the reference desks of a large research library in the quest to answer these questions. The results of this study may have implications for how librarians interact with users while staffing the reference desk.

Fair Use Is Not Civil Disobedience: Rethinking the Copyright Wars and the Role of the Academic Library; James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Room 103 C
The academic library community has been at the center of the copyright wars, advancing the interests of our students and faculty. Digital and network technologies, the licensing of electronic content, and the globalization of copyright have combined to challenge our traditional views of intellectual property. New laws and legislation threaten the sustenance of fair use and key exceptions to copyright. We must re-commit to campus education, political advocacy, and collective risk taking.

Saturday, April 2

external image k_clinton.jpgClosing Keynote; Clinton Kelly, Fashion Expert

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, Ballroom A/B
What happens when a renowned fashion expert with an international following comes to ACRL? Find out when Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC's What Not to Wear, delivers the closing keynote at ACRL 2011. A renowned fashion expert and author who specializes in helping individuals achieve personal and professional transformations, Kelly will discuss why we are often averse to change and how to turn this fear into positive action. Kelly achieved his own transformation to television stardom from the world of fashion journalism where he worked for such publications as Marie Claire, Mademoiselle and DNR. You’ll want to be there when Kelly delivers the closing keynote address and sends thousands of academic and research librarians home with inspiration and ideas for a better self and a better library. Just don’t expect $5,000 for a new wardrobe.