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
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
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
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