Yes, We Still Can: the Conference on Diversity & Inclusion in Library and Information Science is Back

Yes, We Still Can: the Conference on Diversity & Inclusion in Library and Information Science is Back

Yes, We Still Can: the Conference on Diversity & Inclusion in Library and Information Science is Back 

McKeldin Library Special Events Room
November 3

The 2017 Conference on Diversity and Inclusion in Library & Information Science (CIDLIS) will be held on November 3, 2017 in the McKeldin Library Special Events Room at the University of Maryland. A flood of social and political events directly impacting our professionals, our institutions, and the great many people who rely on our field have occurred since CIDLIS 2016. In response, this year’s CIDLIS will be in a unique format designed to promote immediate collaboration and activity.

Faced with budget proposals to end federal government support of our institutions and many other critical social services, our institutions must consider a future with decreases in funding and similar increases in the needs that our institutions will be expected to meet by the individuals and communities we serve. These concerns are occurring in concert with increasingly open hostility toward disadvantaged groups in our society, many of whom are frequent patrons of our institutions. And, as a field that has long devoted itself to trying to be progressive and inclusive, many of the social and political events of the past year raise important questions for the ways in which we can best be advocates and activists on behalf of our patrons, our institutions, our profession, and freedom of access and expression in general.

Fortunately, we are not helpless. With the theme of Yes, We Still Can, CIDLIS 2017 will feature a discussion-based format, using panels, talks, small group discussions, and a concluding town hall discussion to explore the ways in which:

  • We can advocate

  • We can engage

  • We can educate

  • We can organize

  • We can improve lives

  • We can change communities

 

Drawing lessons both from pioneering efforts of equality in our field and from innovative and bleeding edge ideas for promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity as part of our field, CIDLIS 2017 is intended to help generate an action plan for what we all can do now.

Between the morning and afternoon sessions, there will be a luncheon and the presentation of the James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award.  Registration for CIDLIS 2017 will open soon, and attendance is free. However, given the unique nature of this year’s program, seating will be limited. Please plan to join us for this vital day of discussion.