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 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Government Documents During Times of Strife and Change

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What is the role of federal depository library (FDLP) collections and librarians during moments of societal strife and change? Using several case studies, this session will explore how government information has responded and evolved during fraught historical eras. Beyond gaining perspective that might inform our current work, attendees will also learn about valuable, publicly accessible resources our patrons can use to follow government activity and engage with their representatives. In our current moment, government documents are under particular scrutiny and threat, including the removal of data from government websites, politicization of agency publications, and withholding of information from the public. Yet, there are many ways FDLP collections and librarians can still uniquely inform, empower, and engage our patrons in response.


Danya Leebaw

Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences & Government Documents, Carleton College
Danya has been a librarian since 2006 and at Carleton since 2008. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and daughter. She discovered her love for research as a History major at Grinnell College, and also during the years after college when she worked developing media plans... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 113