Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Privilege: Calling In, Calling Out, and Promoting Conversation

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The charged dialogue present in social media and in-person interactions has given rise to tactics including "calling out," or bringing public awareness that an individual's behavior is oppressive or uninformed. When is "calling out" appropriate, and is "calling in," or addressing these behaviors more privately as individuals, a more effective approach? In this session, participants will learn the drawbacks and benefits of "calling in" and "calling out," how to identify many types of privilege, and multiple methods of discussing privilege with others. Case scenarios will be discussed to help participants identify and engage with others on topics such as racism, sexism, and ableism, in and out of library settings, and with varying levels of formality. This session will be of value to those hoping to learn more about disparities and inequities as well as those who are already actively promoting social justice in their communities.


Emilie Hanson

Librarian, Science House Educator Resource Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Emilie Hanson is an avid supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She is the librarian of Science House at the Science Museum of Minnesota, a resource center for educators which increases awareness, access, and equity for MN students. Emilie is proud to be the 2017 Chair of... Read More →

Daniel Ostroot

Library Services Coordinator, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Daniel has been haunting libraries since he was young, and working in them for the past seven years. When he's not shelving, or re-shelving, or re-re-shelving, his idea of a good time is teaching information literacy to higher ed students. On occasion, he can be found working on his... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 103