DIAL: Libraries Respond: Connecting with our Communities in Times of Crisis
Session Category : Interest Group Showcase
At its 2016 interest group showcase, DIAL (Diversity in Academic Libraries) addressed the library’s role in responding to the growing societal unrest of their marginalized communities via a discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement and a showcase of best practices that California academic libraries/librarians could utilize in their own efforts. For its 2018 showcase, DIAL will continue this structure with a broader focus on marginalized communities in general, with some attention to the government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and how that affects library communities. The panel, representing four different institutions, will discuss how they respond to community issues and offer support. DIAL’s goal is not only to educate the CARL membership, but also to arm members with the tools to do the work themselves. As such, the panel will offer concrete suggestions members can take back to their own libraries.