Start Date

16-10-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

16-10-2020 12:50 PM

Document Type

Presentation

Description

Booth Library has been working as a cross-disciplinary partner to facilitate critical conversations and has been acting as an ally in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Booth has also prioritized its work with DEI by recently completing a strategic plan. One of the main goals of the strategic plan is to build in and sustain DEI initiatives as part of a holistic effort to ally Booth with campus and community partners in advancing this goal. The presenters will discuss how Booth has been positioned as a model and hub for promoting DEI on campus. Among the initiatives to be addressed are the strategic plan implementation, partnerships around exhibits and programming, implementation of diversity training in support of staff development, and efforts to bridge the technology equity gap. Additionally, presenters will discuss the work they are doing in supporting retention and student success efforts for our underrepresented student population. This session will be informative, outlining scenarios that help guide the Booth DEI committee in responding to social issues that affect our faculty, staff and students, and how we are able to respond. We will also lead an activity in the session to challenge attendees to “partner up” to brainstorm ways in which we can work across the proverbial aisle to build DEI into all parts of the campus community.

Speaker Information

Kirstin Duffin, MLIS, MS

Associate Professor of Research, Engagement, and Scholarship, Library Services, Eastern Illinois University, SelectedWorks. Kirstin Duffin is a research support librarian at Booth Library and liaison for the sciences and math departments. She is co-director of EIU iSTEM, a group committed to encouraging and empowering underrepresented students in the STEM fields. She holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MS in Biological Sciences from EIU.

Stacey Knight-Davis, MLS, MS

Professor, Head of Library Technology Services, Library Services, Eastern Illinois University, SelectedWorks. Stacey Knight-Davis is the head of Library Technology Services at Booth Library and the librarian for nursing and public health. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Technology from EIU. Stacey joined the EIU library faculty in 2002 and holds the rank of professor.

Beth Heldebrandt, BS, MA

Public Relations Director, Library Services, Eastern Illinois University, SelectedWorks. Beth Heldebrandt is the public relations director at Booth Library. She is an adjunct instructor for the EIU School of Communication and Journalism, and an analyst for Ad Fontes Media. Beth earned a BS in journalism from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and an MA in English from EIU.

Zach Newell, BA, MA, MS, PhD candidate in Library and Information Science, Simmons University, Boston, MA

Dean of Library Services, Eastern Illinois University, SelectedWorks. Zach Newell is dean of Library Services at Eastern Illinois University. Zach earned a BA in Philosophy from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA; an MA in History of Art from University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and an MS in Library Science from Clarion University, Clarion, PA. He is a PhD candidate in Library and Information Science at Simmons University, Boston, MA. He served as a Fulbright Scholar in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2012.

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Oct 16th, 12:00 PM Oct 16th, 12:50 PM

Built-in @ Booth: DEI as a library priority

Booth Library has been working as a cross-disciplinary partner to facilitate critical conversations and has been acting as an ally in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Booth has also prioritized its work with DEI by recently completing a strategic plan. One of the main goals of the strategic plan is to build in and sustain DEI initiatives as part of a holistic effort to ally Booth with campus and community partners in advancing this goal. The presenters will discuss how Booth has been positioned as a model and hub for promoting DEI on campus. Among the initiatives to be addressed are the strategic plan implementation, partnerships around exhibits and programming, implementation of diversity training in support of staff development, and efforts to bridge the technology equity gap. Additionally, presenters will discuss the work they are doing in supporting retention and student success efforts for our underrepresented student population. This session will be informative, outlining scenarios that help guide the Booth DEI committee in responding to social issues that affect our faculty, staff and students, and how we are able to respond. We will also lead an activity in the session to challenge attendees to “partner up” to brainstorm ways in which we can work across the proverbial aisle to build DEI into all parts of the campus community.