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Black Lives Matter: Programming within an Equity Framework

June 7, 2021 – 1:00pm EST

Please join us for an in-depth look at the Black Lives Matter public programming initiative launched by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in September 2020. Learn more about how this program began, and the plan to maintain sustainable programs and practices to create a long-term framework for social justice support. Caitlin Moen, Pamela McCarter, Jasmine McNeil, and Chantez Neymoss will also lead 45 minute breakout discussions on topics of interest. This session is part of the NC LIVE DEIA Learning Series – a variety of webinars in June dedicated to showcasing the efforts of our member libraries in advancing equity and inclusion.

Presented by Caitlin Moen, Pamela McCarter, Jasmine McNeil, and Chantez Neymoss from Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library

Anti-racist/Anti-bias Recruitment and Hiring Practices

June 7, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Most library and information organizations (LIOs) are striving for diversity among their employees, but often struggle to retain diverse employees. This retention issue may be due to the workplace itself, where issues of racism and bias often stifle retention efforts. But the process of creating and sustaining an anti-racist, anti-bias culture in your organization should not begin with retention efforts, but rather with recruitment and hiring practices. It is often in these practices that we identify factors that negatively influence an organization’s ability to not only identify, recruit, and hire diverse employees, but subsequently retain them. In this webinar, Dr. Kawanna Bright will discuss the concepts of anti-racism and anti-bias as they relate to hiring in LIOs. Information on aspects of recruitment and hiring practices that should be reviewed will be shared, in order to identify aspects that might negatively impact efforts to recruit and retain diverse employees. Additionally, steps for supporting and implementing anti-racist/anti-bias recruitment and hiring practices, including interviewing and candidate selection, will be shared.

Presented by Dr. Kawanna Bright, East Carolina University
Dr. Kawanna Bright is an Assistant Professor of Library Science at East Carolina University where she teaches courses in Library Administration & Management, Services to Diverse Populations, Academic Librarianship, and Collection Development. Dr. Bright earned her doctorate in Research Methods & Statistics from the University of Denver in 2018 and her MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool in 2003. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Bright worked as an academic librarian specializing in public services. Her research focuses on assessment in libraries, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in libraries, the application of research methodology to the study of library and information science, and the importance of the liaison librarianship role in academic libraries.

Presented by Jenna Rinalducci, Art & Architecture Librarian at UNC-Charlotte

Enhancing Personal Wellbeing: At Work and at Home

June 8, 2021 – 11:00am to 12:00pm

This session will highlight the six dimensions of the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing’s Wellbeing Model, developed by Bakken Center founder and director, Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, and its application in fostering resilience in individuals and teams. It will also include examples of wellbeing practices and tools for supporting resilience and wellbeing, and an opportunity to practice mindfulness, which is an evidence-based wellbeing practice.

Presented by Mariann Johnson, Wellbeing and mindfulness instructor for the University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.


Community College Libraries Collaborating with Student Services to Encourage Student Growth

June 8, 2021 – 1:00pm EST

Community Colleges are a critical education pathway to prepare students of all backgrounds for four-year college/university, the workforce, or continuing education. Each department contributes a variety of elements to a student’s success, thus aiding in their academic, social, and mental growth during their academic tenure. Internal partnerships are beneficial to all those involved, in addition to cultivating an equitable space to learn, spread awareness, and increase the use of campus resources. Presenters from Pitt Community College will discuss how departmental partnerships have helped to ease the pressures of collegiate stress, the benefits of partnering, and highlights of programming during the pandemic. This session is part of the NC LIVE DEIA Learning Series – a variety of webinars in June dedicated to showcasing the efforts of our member libraries in advancing equity and inclusion.

Presented by Brittany Champion, Dr. Katrina Arnold, Danielle Poyner, and Darrick Mullins from Pitt Community College.

National Movements for Racial Justice and Academic Library Leadership: Results from the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2020

June 8, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Ithaka S+R fielded a special edition of the US Library Survey–a long-standing survey of library directors across the country on strategy and leadership–in fall 2020 to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and movements for racial justice on the academic library sector. Join Jennifer K. Frederick and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg for a presentation highlighting the key findings of the survey on library leaders’ perspectives and practices related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We will discuss both where directors perceive progress and where they recognize that major challenges remain. Attendees will be given a chance to ask questions of the survey authors and to reflect on their own strategies and practices.

Presented by Jennifer K. Frederick and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Ithaka S+R

Jennifer K. Frederick is a senior surveys analyst at Ithaka S+R. She leads projects surveying directors and employees of libraries, museums, and other scholarly organizations. She examines organizational climate and culture, with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, manager of surveys and research at Ithaka S+R, leads a team of researchers in studying student and faculty needs, academic support services, and organizational leadership in collaboration with educational and cultural organizations.

Black to the Future: Exploring Digital Humanities to Engage Diverse Audiences

June 10, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

The Center for Digital Humanities is a research and innovation incubator for the computational study of the human condition. Dr. Bryan Carter, Director of the Center for Digital Humanities and Associate Professor of Africana studies at the University of Arizona, will showcase his diverse projects including his signature project “Digital Harlem” to his recent Knight Foundation Grant working closely with the Colored Girls Museum of Philadelphia. One project that is making the news is a virtual reality digital storytelling project which addresses systemic racism in institutions by relating the negative experiences of marginalized groups to others. This anti-racist virtual reality and digital storytelling has the potential to teach people how to be not simply non-racist or bystanders but anti-racist and activists for change. For each project, Dr. Carter will introduce augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality opportunities along with personal assistants (robots) and holographic video streaming. Part of the discussion will also focus on strategic partnerships and funding opportunities.

Presented by Dr. Bryan Carter, University of Arizona

Dr. Bryan Carter received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently the Director of the Center for Digital Humanities and an Associate Professor in Africana Studies at the University of Arizona. He specializes in African American literature of the 20th Century with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance. His research also focuses on Digital Humanities/Digital Africana Studies. He has published numerous articles on his doctoral project, Virtual Harlem, an immersive representation of a portion of Harlem, NY as it existed during the 1920s Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance. Dr. Carter’s research centers on how the use of traditional and advanced interactive and immersive technologies changes the dynamic within the learning space.

Mentorship, Recruitment, and Retention of Librarians of Color

June 14, 2021 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

There is an age-old African proverb that says, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Does it take a village to raise a librarian of color? Mentorship is the cornerstone to the recruitment and the retention of librarians of color to the field of librarianship. REMCo’s mission statement, “The Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns (REMCo) is a round table for North Carolina Library Association that serves as a voice for ethnic and minority members. REMCo strives to improve service to and in some cases even initiate service for the ethnic communities that we all serve.” is the village manifested. Join members of The REMCo Executive Board as they give a candid and open discussion about their personal experiences of being mentored, being a mentor, their thoughts on how mentorship plays into retention, and recruitment of librarians of color. This session is part of the NC LIVE DEIA Learning Series – a variety of webinars in June dedicated to showcasing the efforts of our member libraries in advancing equity and inclusion.

Presented by Marcellaus Joiner, Leander Crocker, Joan Williams, and LaJuan Pringle from NCLA REMCo Board.

Dr. Nettrice R. Gaskins is an African American digital artist, academic, cultural critic and advocate of STEAM fields. In her work she explores “techno-vernacular creativity” and Afrofuturism. Dr. Gaskins’ work explores how to generate art using algorithms in different ways, especially through coding. She also teaches, writes, “fabs” or makes, and does other things. She has taught multimedia, computational media, visual art, and even Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles with high school students who majored in the arts.

Dr. Gaskins earned a BFA in Computer Graphics with Honors from Pratt Institute in 1992 and an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. She received a doctorate in Digital Media from Georgia Tech in 2014. She has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels in the Boston Public Schools and at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Currently, Dr. Gaskins is the assistant director of the Lesley STEAM Learning Lab at Lesley University. She will publish her first full-length book, Techno-Vernacular Creativity and Innovation through The MIT Press.


Documenting Community Movements on the Fly: A Case Study of Greensboro’s BLM Demonstrations

June 15, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm EST

In the Summer of 2020, during the COVID lockdown, people took to the streets of downtown Greensboro protesting the murder of George Floyd. Knowing they were witnessing history in the making, archivists and librarians at UNC Greensboro rapidly organized a project to document people and events in the city and Triad region of North Carolina. In this workshop, David Gwynn and Stacey Krim discuss how to quickly implement a digital collection to capture history as it unfolds. This session is part of the NC LIVE DEIA Learning Series – a variety of webinars in June dedicated to showcasing the efforts of our member libraries in advancing equity and inclusion.

Presented by David Gwynn and Stacey Krim from UNC-Greensboro.

NCLPBH: Defining Library Accessibility: Services, Programs, & Technology

June 21, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Accessibility is the effort we put in to make sure everyone has the ability to participate in our services. Two staff members from the North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will discuss how to ensure that library services, collections, technology, outreach and programming meet and exceed current accessibility standards. Topics will cover both in-person and remote/distance considerations. This session is part of the NC LIVE DEIA Learning Series – a variety of webinars in June dedicated to showcasing the efforts of our member libraries in advancing equity and inclusion.

Presented by Joshua Berkov and Clint Exum from the North Carolina Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Library Staff Grant Program to Advance Equity and Inclusion

June 21, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Building an anti-racist library takes education, action, and reckoning with our past. It also takes money. As part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries’ Reckoning Initiative, the IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility) Action grant program provides funding for staff projects that advance social justice in the Libraries. Join us to learn about how the program was developed, how it’s going, and how to advocate for a program of your own. Speakers, Monica Figueroa and Kristan Shawgo, will also share about other library-wide initiatives, like the 21-day Racial Equity Challenge.

Presented by Monica Figueroa and Kristan Shawgo, University Libraries of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Monica Figueroa (she/her) is Interim Librarian for Inclusive Excellence at the University Libraries of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is chair of the Libraries’ IDEA Council and ex officio of the IDEA Action Committee.

Kristan Shawgo (she/her) is a Social Sciences Librarian at the University Libraries of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Libraries’ IDEA Council and chair of the IDEA Action Committee.

Why I Left the Library Profession III? – DEI Perspective

June 22, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Moderated by Twanna Hodge, DEI Librarian, University of Florida


Deborah Lilton currently is working remotely for a non-profit that is based in Atlanta, GA. She was an contingent librarian working in the Southeastern United States until COVID-19 terminated that contract. Previously, she worked in Collection Development as a Subject Librarian at a small, private Research 1 institution for over 11 years. She can be reached @loislibrarian

Aneatra King has served youth and families of Broward in different capacities for 17 years. She served as a youth services librarian and supervisor, branch manager, and Coordinator of Youth Services with Broward County Library System for 13 years. Mrs. King continues to serve families in her current role as a Community Engagement Specialist with Broward County Public School’s Office of Family and Community Engagement.

CM Winters Palacio is a retired College Professor and Librarian and a former talk show host of “The Professors” aired on Chicago Public Broadcast Station (PBS) WYCC-TV20. She concluded her career in librarianship with an early retirement from her position as a Library Science Assistant Professor and Library Department Chairperson to help establish our practice, Great Lakes ADR, LLC. For more information take a look at her website 

Hire Right the First Time

June 24, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The days of the generic help wanted ad are over – or at least they should be. “Looking for a self-motivated team player” may or may not draw good applicants to your job opening. But those words are so vague – and so tired! Let’s face it – most folks have a rather standardized picture of a library job – and that might be exactly the position you are trying to fill. But it might not be! In this 60-minute webinar, we’ll dig much deeper, digging into the who and why: What should you ask yourself before posting the job? What details should you include in a job posting that will attract the people who might actually be a good fit? Getting the widest range of applicants may not always be the wisest avenue to finding the best fit. Perhaps if we narrow our search, we’ll save time. Potentially, we may even save ourselves some frustration and disappointment.

Presented by Linda Bruno.
Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training seminars for more than ten years. Certified with Development Dimensions International and Achieve Global, she also offers her own workshops on Customer Service, Supervisory Skills, Personalities, Organizational Skills, Effective Communication, Returning Balance to Your Life, and many other topics.


Love What Y’all Are Doing Online: Using TikTok for Library Marketing

June 25, 2021 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST

You may have heard about TikTok being the cool new app where Gen Z goes to dance, but as many libraries are learning, it can be a great marketing tool for libraries to showcase their services and staff. In this presentation I will show you how I’ve used the app to build a reputation on Nicholls State University’s campus as “fun and productive,” as one colleague put it. Join me as we watch example library TikTok content, discuss some tips on creating content for the platform, and explore how this app can be a huge plus for your library.

Presented by Rob Stephens
Stephens is the Research & Instruction Librarian and Outreach Coordinator at Ellender Memorial Library at Nicholls State University. He also serves at the Social Media Committee chair, and in 2020 Ellender Memorial Library received the Social Media Mastery Award awarded by LOUIS. Rob is also a poet whose work has appeared in nationally-circulated poetry magazines.

When Diversity Training Isn’t Enough: UNC Charlotte’s DEI Education Hub

June 28, 2021 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The DEI programs committee at UNC Charlotte will explore how they built a team that was committed to elevating the social consciousness of Atkins library. In an effort to create opportunities to engage and reflect on tough topics beyond scheduled events, we created an education hub titled Inquiry, Education, and Conversation: The Atkins Employee DEI Hub. Built on our University’s learning management system, this course aspires to centralize materials from our programs and provide a space for the continuous engagement that is necessary to unlearn and confront ideas of discrimination and white supremacy. This session is part of the NC LIVE DEIA Learning Series – a variety of webinars in June dedicated to showcasing the efforts of our member libraries in advancing equity and inclusion.

Presented by Angel Truesdale, Christin Lampkowski, and Adreonna Simmons Bennett from UNC-Charlotte.

Library Services Through a Racial Equity Lens

June 29, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Durham County Library is working to bring racial equity to the library with the creation of a Racial Equity Team that is focused on examining and implementing change in the areas of customer approach and interactions, policies, and programming. The group has worked to educate and become aware of what racial equity is and the problems surrounding it in our country as well as the role we play and how we have been impacted by racism in America. This session is part of the NC LIVE DEIA Learning Series – a variety of webinars in June dedicated to showcasing the efforts of our member libraries in advancing equity and inclusion.

Presented by Terry B. Hill and Stephanie Fennell from Durham County Library.