Challenging Your Very Existence: BIPOC/LGBTQ Staff Address Book Challenges

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Webinar 2-part series | October 12 & October 19, 2023 | 12-1pm PT

LGTBQ- and BIPOC-affirming materials are under attack. How do library workers with lived experience respond to these challenges? This will be a brave space that centers those with lived experience; all are welcome.

Session 1: Reflecting on Yourself and Your Work
Examine your unique context as a basis for moving into strategic action, including:

○ Your position in the world, and your organization’s
○ Safety, risk assessment, risk tolerance, and the chilling effect
○ Identifying allies and stakeholders–and obstacles and threats
○ Reflecting with your team

Session 2: Preparing and Taking Action
Learn action-ready tips on developing policies and best practices that address your and your organization’s unique context, including:

○ Patron behavior and conduct rules
○ Policies for responding to book challenges
○ Best practices for public interactions

Presenter: Ray Lockman (they/them) earned their Masters in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison in 2011. They have worked in academic and public librarianship since, most recently at the Minneapolis Central branch of Hennepin County Library (MN). In addition, they served on the City of Minneapolis Transgender Equity Council and co-chaired Hennepin County's Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Employee Resource Group. They are currently a consultant, coach, and trainer and teach on the graduate and continuing education levels at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s iSchool. They live in Minneapolis and co-parent an amazing toddler. 

Headshot Ray Lockman

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Recording in CALL Academy

The recording for this session will be made available in CALL Academy approximately one week after delivery.