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Thursday, March 28 • 9:50am - 10:50am
Caregivers in Sight: Normalizing Parenting and Caregiving at Your Library

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Note: This session will be video-recorded and uploaded to the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

Many library professionals and paraprofessionals must strike a balance between their work expectations and their family responsibilities. Birth and adoptive parents, caregivers of special needs children or parents, and caregivers of ill or elderly family members all struggle to fulfill their professional and personal commitments in their own unique and creative ways. Rather than building a session around scripted talks with slides, this session features a keynote followed by a facilitated conversation with the panelists, who will share their experiences with each other and the audience. Our panelists will represent a variety of caregivers from our organization, including parents to young children, primary caregivers of special needs or older adult family members, and library professionals in various institutional roles. ARLIS/NA members on the panel will discuss our efforts to normalize caregiving and parenting in our work spaces by developing family-friendly programming at our libraries, establishing public lactation spaces at our institutions, and balancing our caregiver responsibilities with our professional work, all the while recognizing that the needs of LGBTQIA+ caregivers and children, as well as caregivers and children of color, must be central in this ongoing effort.

A keynote by Kat Martinez, child care expert and Salt Lake City local, will address the topic of child interactions in public spaces. She will explore how caregivers can model positive guidance, establish clear boundaries, and set realistic expectations in different public spaces, including the workplace. In order to cultivate an inclusive, informative, and supportive environment, moderators will open the discussion to collect stories, comments, and questions from audience members. Our session acknowledges that library employees and their supervisors can make small yet impactful changes to their library spaces, workflows, and staffing expectations in order to make our work environments more supportive for employees who are parenting and caregiving while simultaneously working in traditional library spaces. Come hear our success stories, share in our ongoing battles, and voice your own insights and experiences.

This session is organized by the Art Librarian Parents and Caregivers SIG.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will hear from experts, ARLIS/NA caregivers, and other fellow attendees in order to build a deeper understanding of the ways public, academic, and special libraries can support employees and patrons who are caregivers.
  • Attendees will participate in respectful, facilitated dialogues in order to create an inclusive space for reflecting on the caregiving roles many library workers have within their families and communities.
  • Attendees will discuss various ways that librarians can articulate and demonstrate the value of caregiving when interacting with stakeholders in order to bring back themes from the session that can increase the effectiveness of their home libraries and workplaces.

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Karyn Hinkle (she/her)

Visual & Performing Arts Librarian, University of Kentucky
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Stephanie Fletcher

E-Resources/Reference Librarian, Art Institute of Chicago

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Kate Joranson

Head Librarian, Henry Clay Frick Fine Arts Library, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Sonja Staum Lehman

Librarian, Director, Herron Art Library

Kat Martinez

Child Care Expert and Advocate
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Gwen Mayhew

Librarian for Instruction and ILL Services, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Ian McDermott

Instruction Librarian, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

Thursday March 28, 2019 9:50am - 10:50am MDT
Grand America Hotel: Savoy (1st Floor) 555 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111