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2023 ALAO Pre-Conference: Diversity in Focus: New Lenses, New Frames, New Approach

  • 02 Nov 2023
  • 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio



(Subject to change)

10:30 am -- Registration
11:00-12:30 pm -- Presentations: Design Justice in practice and Appreciative Inquiry through a DEI lens
12:30 -1:30 pm -- Lunch and networking
1:30-3:15 pm – DEI Dream Propositions: What does our future look like?
3:15-3:30 pm – Break
3:30-4:30 pm – Report Out
4:30-5:00 pm – Wrap Up and Evaluations
5:00 pm-6:30pm – Social Event


In this precipitous moment, a radical reconstruction and new approach to our work with each other and for our campuses is of dire importance. Emerging approaches in equity and human-centered design can help shift our consciousness from “I” to “we” and “us” through harmonious relationships, whole system view, and by seeing the energy in difference. What will the next chapter of inclusive engagement, leadership, and advocacy look like in Ohio? Come join us as we seek to define, design, and innovate together a new approach to academic librarianship with the capacity to accelerate our growth and transform our libraries for the good of all.

This workshop will introduce appreciative inquiry and the tenants of design justice to engage with provocative and aspirational diversity, equity, and inclusion propositions in a way that is infused into our various processes and not merely an afterthought. Together we will collectively co-design what comes next, where does DEI find life, and what are the strengths that can get us to enact our DEI values in action.

Supported by our Gold Level sponsors


Participants will be introduced to appreciative inquiry as a model for organizational development and change. Participants will gain new insights on thoughtful approaches to active allyship practices through design justice. Participants will workshop together key areas of advancement in libraries and walk away with ideas and practical approaches to existing and new work in libraries.

Recommended pre-readings:


Shannon Simpson is the Scholarly Instruction Librarian at Kenyon College. She has an MLIS from Kent State, a BA in English with a minor in Psychology and has completed certificates from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the Harvard Leadership Institute in Communication and Leadership, respectively. Shannon has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous articles, presentations, research studies, and web material for various high-volume libraries, national conferences, consulting firms, and print journals. Her writing, instruction, and research is currently focused on the following subjects: information literacy, design justice, critical pedagogy, diversity and equity. In a previous life, Shannon played in a national symphony orchestra in South America, and attained a Series 7 brokerage license. She hopes no one will hold these things against her and instead ask her about any new podcast or hip hop obsessions..

Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros is an Associate Professor and the Latin American, Iberian, and Latino/a Studies Librarian at The Ohio State University (OSU). As an information professional, Pamela has supported international research, developed  award-winning K-12 educational curriculum, and served as a senior project manager for educational initiatives in the United States and Mexico. As an experienced facilitator and DEI specialist, she has designed, developed, and delivered sessions for the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, the Association of College and Research Libraries Consulting Services, and DeEtta Jones & Associates. As a former public librarian with the San Diego County Library and the Sedona Public Library, Pamela oversaw year-round educational and cultural library programming for youth, teens, and adults that resulted in expanded services to Spanish-speaking and Latinx communities. Pamela is the recipient of a Fulbright Garcia Robles Binational Business Fellowship, the Ohio State University 2017 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, and Columbus Business First prestigious 40 Under 40 award for her community outreach and engagement. She is currently a master's student of Positive Organizational Development (MPOD) at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

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