While there are many conferences for information workers, very few highlight the voices of marginalized identities and provide a platform for discussion for their research interests. According to a 2010 American Library Association survey, 88% of credentialed librarians identify as white. In our vision for this summit and the future of libraries, People of Color in Library and Information Science Summit at Loyola Marymount University encouraged the representation of diverse topics and perspectives and as a part of this work acknowledged that the racial disparities we see in the library and information science (LIS) field reflect inequities in other parts of society.These discrepancies challenge our ability to empathize, converse, and collaborate. We hosted the POC in LIS Summit to foster collaborations and encourage conversations within our field.
Conner-Gaten, Aisha; Blas, Nataly; Deras, Rachel; and Young, Jessea K., "People of Color in Library and Information Science Impact Report" (2018). LMU Librarian Publications & Presentations. 99.