Collaborators for the Future: Bringing Our Values to the Trends and Changes in Our World
Miguel Figueroa, Center for the Future of Libraries, American Libraries Association

How do we think about the future? For many, futuring begins by studying the trends and changes happening in society, education, technology, economics, and demographics. But these trends and changes only become meaningful when we consider them in light of our professional values and the values we seek to provide to our communities. How can we work together to explore a broad range of trends and changes and innovate in ways that advance our values?

Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries, an initiative from the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; ALA ‘s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.

Miguel will also be offering a breakout session to extend upon the themes discussed in his keynote presentation. More information to follow. 

Invited Presentation

Scholarly Communication in a Time of Change: Considering the Impact of Bias, Diversity, and Traditional Publishing Structures as Scholarly Communication Moves to New Platforms and Systems
Charlotte Roh, University of San Francisco

Just like legacy cataloging can be a barrier to discoverability and access, traditional publishing structures that are carried into today’s new scholarly communication technologies and systems can persist across academic peer review and publication. As librarians, publishers, and library publishers, we can take steps to subvert existing inequalities and biases in the scholarly communication ecosystem.

Charlotte Roh is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit University with a social justice mission. This intersection of scholarly communication and social justice is the focus of Charlotte’s work, for which she received the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC)’s 2017 Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing for the chapter Agents of Diversity and Social Justice: Librarians and Scholarly Communication with her co-author, Harrison Inefuku. Charlotte has expertise in institutional repositories, library publishing, open education, fair use, copyright, and author rights, which is informed in particular by her background in academic publishing.