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!
Friday, October 6 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Libraries Were Never Neutral: Advocating for Social Justice in the Library

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Did your library put up a Black Lives Matter display? Start a community conversation on race? Or did you shrug off the idea as too political, too charged to present to your community, or perhaps even more daunting, to your boss? Or are you a librarian working in a homogeneous community, wondering how to make a case for the relevance in promoting diverse materials? In this presentation, attendees will learn from the experiences of others who have taken the path less travelled and persevered. Examples, successful and not as successful, will be shared from multiple librarians in advocating for social justice, as well as, ample time for group questions and answers to help brainstorm solutions for that program or project you've wanted to get done but can't find your way past a hurdle or two (or three!).


Chip Gehring

Adult and Teen Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Chip Gehring is an Adult and Teen Services Librarian at the Hosmer Library in South Minneapolis. They are a founder of the Social Justice Community of Practice at the Hennepin County Library, which brings staff of all job classes together to disrupt systems of inequity by sharing... Read More →

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 →

Katie Pierce

Associate Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Katie is an Associate Librarian at the Hennepin County Library in Brooklyn Park. Within Hennepin County Library, she is a member of the Pride Workgroup and is also working on becoming more involved in the teen programming at her location. Katie is proud to represent the Brooklyn... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 104