This keynote session will inspire attendees to advance active allyship practices within and outside their libraries. Attendees will learn about significant misconceptions of allyship that thwart organizational and institutional transformation. Addressing the systemic nature of bias and privilege is just the beginning of engaging in the meaningful work of active allyship. Consequently, attendees will be encouraged to pursue people-centered approaches that are data-driven and sustainable.
Alexia Hudson-Ward (pronouns: she/her) is the Associate Director of Research and Learning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries. Her past roles include serving as the Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries for Oberlin College, a Penn State University tenured librarian, an award-winning entertainment editor, public radio promotions coordinator, and a Coca-Cola Company marketing manager.
Alexia is the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Towards Inclusive Leadership (TIE), hosted by Choice Editions – a popular multimedia blog dedicated to illuminating insights-to-action diversity-centered research and discourse. She contributes service to the librarianship, cultural heritage, and educational communities by serving as a trustee of the Corning Museum of Glass and on the Board of Directors for The Center for Research Libraries, LYRASIS, and The Conversation U.S. Edition.
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The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) is a chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). ALAO exists to develop, promote, and improve library and information services in Ohio’s higher education community, to advance the interests of academic librarianship and the personnel of academic libraries, and to provide leadership and advocacy for the educational and policy concerns of the academic library community in Ohio.
The conference planners seek to create a space for respectful dialogue and debate about critical issues. Upon registration, attendees will be asked to review and accept a list of community agreements. Conference planners will actively strive to create spaces in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one voice dominates. We welcome any and all suggestions that will make this a safe and productive space for all. Please contact Gerald Natal, the program chair, at email@example.com.
Members of the 2022 conference planning committee are: