Taiga Forum Agenda: Diversity in Academic Libraries

We are pleased to announce the final agenda for the upcoming Taiga Forum on Diversity in Academic Libraries. The Forum will take place at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin, TX; immediately following the DLF Forum. Registration for Taiga is still open, so sign up now.

We are also very pleased to announce that Susan Parker, Deputy University Librarian at the University of California at Los Angeles, will be serving as our emcee and facilitator for the day’s conversations.

Twitter hashtag for the event is #Taiga9.

Taiga Agenda, November 7, 2013

9:00-9:15 Welcoming remarks: Amy Kautzman, University of California at Davis

9:15-10:30 Opening Keynote: Christine Williams, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin

“Gender Inequality and the Limitations of Corporate Diversity Policy”

Many major US corporations today have embraced “the business case for diversity” and have instituted diversity management programs, such has mentoring programs, affinity groups, and diversity training.  Yet researchers have found that these programs have very little impact on increasing the number of women and minority men in management.  In this paper, I focus on the limitations of diversity policy for addressing gender inequality in the oil and gas industry.  Interviews with women scientists in this industry reveal why these programs don’t work, and what steps corporations should be taking to increase the representation of women in management.

10:45-Noon Panel discussion: Dale Askey, McMaster University; Chris Bourg, Stanford University; and Jenn Riley, McGill University

“Academic library culture, micro-agressions, and silencing”

Noon – 1pm Lunch

1:15-2:30 Closing panel discussion: Mark Puente, Association of Research Libraries; and Courtney Young, Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny Campus and President-Elect of American Libraries Association

“The continued/continuing imperative for diversity and inclusion in libraries”

This is an enduring dilemma requiring a contemporary response that leverages, from inquiry and practice, what we know about the value that diversity brings to our organizations and society. Concerted efforts in academic libraries have taken place to diversify the workforce, collections, services, and resources. At the same time we must consider why, after decades of legislation and well-intended policies, we’re still not where we need to be with respect to equity and opportunity.

2:30-3:15 Wrap-up and next steps discussion led by Susan Parker, University of California, Los Angeles

3:30 – 4:30 Happy hour! Location TBD

AUL for Public Services, Stanford University Libraries

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One comment on “Taiga Forum Agenda: Diversity in Academic Libraries
  1. Paul T. Jackson says:

    There seems to be a lot of statistics in Taiga statements to skew and support things like, “Patrons Switching Faster Than Libraries”…without the concurrent explanations of why these things (abandoning the library) are happening. I can tell you why. Searching MARC or most any library catalog is pretty much 1994 or earlier process. Libraries technology has not advanced as well as corporate. I can get more quickly information I need from a library catalog based on an MS Access MEMO field with the whole book record in that single field than from a Library Catalog. Why for example doesn’t Library of Congress show the full record in the first instance rather than having to go through two steps to get at it? Researchers and librarians like myself continue to ask dumb questions which apparently library administrators are not wanting to address.

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The title of our new blog, “Gentle Disturbances”, is a tribute and a reference to the husband and wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s art consists of vast, temporary outdoor installations, such as the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, the 24-mile Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park. Christo has asserted that their art creates “gentle disturbances," designed to challenge traditional perceptions of the spaces and landscapes they inhabit. By encouraging viewers to see familiar landscapes in new ways, their art disrupts assumptions about permanence, ownership, and categorization.

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