8:30 am – 8:45 am

Welcome (Manning 001)

Dean Gary Marchionini


8:45 am – 9:30 am

Problematizing the ‘Libraries are for Everyone’ Rhetoric: Barriers to Inclusive Public Library Service

(Manning 001)

Presented by: Cara Wagner, Melissa Ferens, Mary Oliva, and Sam Robinson

This panel will problematize economic, physical, interpersonal, and organizational barriers to access that prevent public libraries from effectively and inclusively serving their communities. Specific barriers, policies, and inequitable institutional structures will be identified and discussed, and real-world policy changes and proposed solutions will be evaluated in each category.



Barriers to Inclusive Public Library Service


9:35 am – 10:20 am

Panel A: Libraries as a Platform for Activist Work by Youth

(Manning 208)

Presented by: Jim Curry, Rosa Goetz, Anthony Joyce, and Trent McLees

This session will focus on discussing how libraries can, should, and do function as platforms for young people to engage in political activism. We will begin by collaboratively defining the terms “activism,” “social justice,” and “politics,” in order to ground our discussion in a shared understanding. From here, the panel will explore the ethical questions such activity raises for libraries and how we can resolve these to encourage teen collaboration and participation and empower teen voices.


Panel B: The Ethics of Confidential Communications

(Manning 001)

Presented by: Becca Greenstein, Eleanor Mullens, Mary Oliva, and Griffin Wilson

Confidentiality agreements, either written or implied, are utilized in a number of professional fields. We will explore ethical dilemmas that arise as a result of ethical obligations in conflict, looking specifically at practitioners in the fields of medicine, law, research, and security. We examine current ethical guidelines and expectations within various professional groups, and the ways in which they succeed and fail at solving potential conflicts.


10:25 am – 11:10 am

Panel A: Racial Equity for Teens in Libraries

(Manning 208)

Presented by: Brittany Burchett, Stephanie Carreira, Melissa Ferens, and Haley Young

Racism is deeply ingrained in American society and often manifests as barriers to providing equitable library service to those of marginalized racial identities. This is of particular concern when serving teens, as they are at a stage of their lives when they are constructing their identities and figuring out their place in the world. We will address specific barriers to serving African American, Native American, and Latino teens; and teens of Middle Eastern descent. We will conclude with a discussion of what librarians can do to continually develop cultural competence for serving these young adults throughout their lives.





Panel B: Who Knows What’s Good? Biopolitics, the State, and Health Information Access

(Manning 307)

Presented by: Chris Bishop, Carson Fish, and Matthew Johnson, and Mary Kallem

Focusing on the intersections of health, medical practices, information, and ethics, our panel will discuss the biopolitical mediation between ourselves and propositional wellness. Popularized by Michel Foucault, biopolitics refers to the disciplinary practices targeting governed bodies that control the modes of life. We will interrogate current ethical dilemmas in respect to the withholding of medical intervention for trans youth, reproductive health and care, medical information in prisons, and the legality of advertisements for mental health medications.



Who Knows What’s Good



11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Panel A: Social Media and Digital Activism

(Manning 208)

Presented by: Emily Crocket, Cami Goray, Latravia Gordon, and Marissa Rapaport

In our panel, we will primarily discuss the positive and negative consequences digital social activism has on our modern-day society. We will begin our presentation by exploring what constitutes a social movement. We will pay special attention to the role that social media has in increasing the efficiency of organizing digital activism and/or protest. We will explain the different types of online participants, particularly online enthusiasts versus online activists. Additionally, we will discuss some concerns, especially considering the obvious limitations with social media activism is the aspect of accountability. With the rise of “fake news” or deliberate posts that mislead users, it is easy for a post that contains false information to go viral. Throughout our panel, we will discuss the ethics of online social activism, while examining the intersection between our digital rights and our protections of freedom of speech.


Panel B: Categorical Oppression: The False Neutralities of Classification Across Systems

(Manning 307)

Categorical Oppression: The False Neutralities of Classification Across Systems

Presented by: Aubrey Klein, Stephen Krueger, Tripp Tuttle, and Sarah Williams

Humans impulsively categorize as a means of sensemaking and knowing their world. We will explore the ways organizational schemata are employed across multiple systems and confront how they can force assimilation, oppress, and impose limits on their users. Each panelist will briefly present the role and impacts to users of classification methods in a particular setting: academic libraries, public libraries, digital collections, and the commercial web and mobile apps. Through an introductory interactive exercise and concluding critical reflection, we aim for participants to gain an overview of the ethical and social justice implications of categorization in society.


Posters will be available from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.