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Thursday, March 12 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Leveling Up to Take Down the Boss - An Introduction to Anti-Oppressive Practices Beyond Individual Action

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Beyond standard diversity trainings, low level adventurer librarians need a more robust skill set to battle our society’s Beholders -- racism, sexism, homophobia, and other discrimination. Anti-oppressive practices (AOP) grapple with power inequities that uphold discriminatory structural forces. This session will discuss libraries’ existing efforts towards AOP, which currently focus on the individual level, and participants will explore ideological and institutional possibilities.
This workshop will start with an introduction to new concepts, but will mostly focus on small group breakouts. Participants will use a zine-style workbook that supplements the discussion and personal reflection in order to relate these concepts to their specific environment. The take aways for this workshop are not solutions that can be easily realized, as culture change is a slow and arduous process. The first steps in moving forward are recognizing the issues, building a community on shared values, and exploring ideas and solutions, all of which are the goals of the session. While the adventurers will not be able to slay the Beholder after this workshop, we aim to shine a light on the monsters so each player can go back to their home base and start talking about it.

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Elia Trucks

Student Outreach Librarian, University of Denver
Elia Trucks (she/her/hers) is the User Experience and Student Outreach Librarian at the University of Denver. She attended Florida State University for Bachelor of Arts in Art History and her Master of Library and Information Science. Her research interests include early career librarianship... Read More →
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Erin Elzi

Design and Discovery Librarian, University of Denver

Designated Notetaker
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Sherri Saines

Subject Librarian for the Social Sciences, University Libraries, Ohio University
My subject assignments: fashion, tourism, women's and sexuality studies, sociology, anthropology, journalism, communications.Reimagining academic libraries, teambuilding, faculty outreachbut especially 18th C costume, a particular passion.

Thursday March 12, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
Crystal Holiday Inn Downtown, 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902