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Wednesday, March 27 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Diversity Forum "The Art of Belonging: Intersectional & Anti-Oppressive Practices in Art Librarianship"

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What would the art library and art librarianship look like if we defined leadership as the ability to foster a sense of belonging from the perspective of librarians from historically underrepresented groups within our profession?

The Diversity Committee forum at the 2019 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City will focus on intersectionality through leadership in working with diverse populations that defines library identity with groups that do not necessarily see themselves reflected in the workforce or in library resources. This will be an opportunity for ARLIS members to learn about intersectionality, how marginalization impacts growth, and what is missing from the conversation around leadership, administration, and outreach in our profession. This will be an active session with group discussion, activities, and time for reflection, as well as practical training ideas and resources for attendees to bring to their home institutions and continue the conversation.

Our four presenters prioritize anti-oppressive practices; they will speak briefly on their own experiences, challenges, and the actions they have taken at their institutions and/or within the profession to address issues regarding race, nationality, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, (dis)ability, class, religion, immigration status, mental health and wellbeing.

Jennifer Ferretti is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a first-generation American Latina whose librarianship is guided by critical perspectives, not neutrality. With a firm belief that art is information, she is interested in the research methodologies of artists, particularly those highlighting social justice issues. Recognizing the impact of the overwhelming whiteness of the library and information science profession, in 2016 she started the online space We Here specifically for people of color working in libraries and archives. Jennifer is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

Lia Friedman recently moved from a leadership position -- Director of Learning Services, to Instruction Librarian and Academic Outreach Coordinator at UC San Diego. She was the librarian for Make/Shift magazine, as well as an early partner/contributor to Radical Reference. Lia is invested in changing and challenging how whiteness is centered in our profession (and in the world), Critical Librarianship, bias and privilege. Lia is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker, ocean lover @piebrarian

Simone Fujita is Liaison Librarian + Outreach Coordinator at ArtCenter College of Design. She is liaison to Illustration, Entertainment Design, and Fine Art departments and works closely with students of color and LGBTQ organizations on campus.

Evan Schilling is the Architecture Librarian and manager of the Musagetes Library at the University of Waterloo. Evan is trans non-binary and recently came out professionally.

Amanda Meeks is a Teaching, Learning, and Research Services Librarian at Northern Arizona University. Her instruction and outreach efforts center critical and social justice issues through thoughtful and reflective collaboration with faculty and students. She is interested in pushing herself, and the profession, to intentionally reflect on power, privilege, and implicit biases within our creative and academic communities in order to develop holistic approaches to critical art librarianship.

Andrew Wang is an Instructional Design Librarian at Ringling College of Art and Design. He is a liaison to several majors, including fine arts, visual studies, motion design, computer animation, business of art and design, film, and photography. He is particularly interested in critical pedagogy, queer theory, comics, zines, and contemporary art.

Learning Objective
Attendees will better understand what it means to be intersectional.


Nicole Beatty

Arts and Humanities Librarian, Weber State University

Andrew Wang

Ringling College of Art & Design

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Simone Fujita

Liaison Librarian + Outreach Coordinator, ArtCenter College of Design
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Jennifer Ferretti

Digital Initiatives Librarian, Maryland Institute College of Art
Jennifer Ferretti is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a first-generation American Latina whose librarianship is guided by critical perspectives and anti-neutrality. She has spent ten years in libraries, museums, and archives digitizing... Read More →

Evan Schilling

University of Waterloo

Wednesday March 27, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand America Hotel: Grand Ballroom D - Plenaries (1st Floor) 555 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Attendees (200)