POC in LIS Summit


The People of Color in Library & Information Science (POCinLIS) Summit will take place on Friday, July 24th, 2020 at Loyola Marymount University from 9:15am-4:30pm, reception to follow.

The mission of POCinLIS Summit is to create a productive and brave space for people of color, especially women and marginalized identities, working in the information sector. Information workers will have the opportunity to explore their work in LIS as POC and their intersecting identities as POC+ and information workers. This summit invites participants to challenge and interrogate their roles and actions as information workers. This summit aims to collectively establish rules of engagement and discourse, acknowledging that dominant narratives may be disrupted. This space is created to support the research of POC librarians and create a network of POC information workers for future collaboration and self-care.

Thriving Together: Strengthening Our Identities through Community

The theme Thriving Together centers on uplifting each other through community. As POC, our identities intersect in our work as we engage with systems of oppression within and outside of institutions. How can POC in LIS join together to create strong, diverse, and beautiful communities?

The POC in LIS Summit is a space for collaborative conversations that explore our passions and interests. We welcome submissions that are unique, challenging, and unorthodox in other LIS spaces. Library students and library employees of all kinds are invited to submit proposals. Works in progress are encouraged.

We welcome session tracks addressing, but not limited to:

  • Accessibility & barriers to access
  • Activism/community building
  • Critical analysis of diversity & inclusion: Collection management, Institutional initiatives & campaigns, Outreach, Reference & instruction
  • POC in leadership
  • Retention & advancement of POC in LIS
  • Self-Care: work/life balance, parenting, mindfulness
  • Skill development in research & methods

Session formats include:

  • 45 minute session including Q&A
  • 45 minute workshop
  • 35 minute session including Q&A
  • 35 minute roundtable session (mini-presentations/discussions with rotating attendees at each table)
  • 10 minute lightning talk
  • Non-Traditional*

*Feeling Creative? If your proposal is outside the above formats, please feel free to select this format and provide more information on submission form including the length of session.

Presentation Abstract/Description should be less than 300 words.

Deadline: Please submit your proposals by Friday, April 17, 2020 at 5:00pm PST.

This conference is funded by the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University.

Questions? Email POCinLIS@gmail.com

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2018 Schedule & Presentations