Thursday, October 26, 2023

EDI 2.0 Mini-Conference in 2 Weeks - Presentations Announced

Our third Library 2.023 mini-conference: "EDI 2.0: Individual Responsibility for Creating Belonging and Connection in the Library Profession," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, November 9th, 2023, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Time. The accepted concurrent presentations are listed below the keynote panel information.

In our fall Library 2.023 mini-conference we explore the evolution of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts within the library profession, focusing on how libraries can help to create belongingness and meaningful connection and what individuals, specifically, can do to help make change.

EDI principles and their practical implementation have a profound impact on the cultural fabric of libraries and the relationships we have with users and staff. This event will showcase strategies that libraries employ to cultivate and integrate into their services a profound sense of belongingness, as well as the ways that library leadership is crucial in fostering an environment of inclusion and meaningful connection.

We will also look at the integration of EDI standards into the core of library services, enhancing inclusivity within the Library and Information Science (LIS) community, and discuss the growing integration of EDI into accreditation standards and professional competencies and the broader implications this holds for the future of the library profession.

Our special conference chair is Julius C. Jefferson, Current Chair of the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA), North American Regional Division, and Past President of the American Library Association (ALA).

We look forward to gathering online with you for this event!

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Library 2.0 community to be kept updated on this and future events. 

Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing keynote. 

Participants are encouraged to use #library2023 and #edi20 on their social media posts about the event.


Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.
Section Head of the Research and Library Services Section in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division at Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress

Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., is the Section Head of the Research and Library Services Section in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division at Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. In this role, Jefferson leads research librarians who provide public policy research assistance exclusively to Members of Congress, Congressional Committees and Staffers. He also formerly served as the Acting Chief of Research & Reference Services at the Library of Congress. Jefferson was the first IFLA North American Regional chair 2021-2023 (The International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions). Prior to that, he served as the 2020-2021 President of the American Library Association (ALA) having previously been on a number of critical ALA committees, including the Finance and Audit Committee, the Budget Analysis and Review Committee and the Intellectual Freedom Committee, serving as the 2010-11 Chair. In addition to his service to the American Library Association, Jefferson has held a seat on the Board of the Freedom to Read Foundation (2012-16) serving as the 2013-16 president; served as president of the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA); and served on the board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). An often called upon authority/speaker on issues of importance to library workers, Jefferson has appeared on a number of media outlets, including National Public Radio. He is co- editor of The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges and is often sought as a speaker on library-related issues such as diversity, leadership and professional development.

Nicole A. Cooke, PH.D., M.ED., MLS
Augusta Baker Endowed Chair, Professor, University of South Carolina

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Cooke’s research and teaching interests include human information behavior, fake news consumption and resistance, critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship. Dr. Cooke was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in 2007, she was awarded the 2016 ALA Equality Award, and she was presented with the 2017 ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award, presented by the Office for Diversity and Literacy Outreach Services. She has also been honored as the Illinois Library Association’s 2019 Intellectual Freedom Award winner in recognition of her work in combating online hate and bullying in LIS, and she was selected as the Association for Library and Information Science Education's 2019 Excellence in Teaching award winner. In 2021 she was presented with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Social Justice Award by the University of South Carolina. ​Now the founding editor of ALA Neal-Schuman's Critical Cultural Information Studies book series, Cooke has published numerous articles and book chapters. Her books include “Information Services to Diverse Populations” (Libraries Unlimited, 2016), “Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-truth Era" (ALA Editions, 2018), and “Foundations of Social Justice" (ALA Editions, expected in 2023).

Dr. Sandy Hirsh
Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Professional and Global Education at San José State University (SJSU)

Dr. Sandra Hirsh is Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Professional and Global Education at San José State University (SJSU). She has previously served as Professor and Director of the SJSU School of Information and has worked in the Silicon Valley at HP Labs, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. She is a Past President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), and she also holds leadership roles in the American Library Association (ALA) and in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). She is an ASIS&T Distinguished Member. She co-founded and co-chairs the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series ( She published a book entitled Blockchain, as book 3 in the ALA Library Futures Series (2020) and an introductory textbook entitled Information Services Today: An Introduction (3rd edition, 2022). She is currently working on a book, Library 2035: Imagining the Next Generation of Libraries, which will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2024. 

Dr. Maria McCauley
Director of Libraries for the City of Cambridge

Dr. Maria McCauley is Director of Libraries for the City of Cambridge where she oversees administration, finance, facilities and operations across seven libraries. She leads a team of 170 talented staff members and works closely with three boards and across the City to achieve an inclusive, ambitious vision of library services for all. Under her leadership, the Cambridge Public Library has increased its budget from $9M to $18.9M, expanded its branch hours by 54+ hours per week, opened the award-winning Valente Branch library, launched a STEAM at the Library program including the first free public $1.8M maker space in Cambridge, gone fine free, led a library card campaign shifting from an opt-out instead of opt-in process, resulting in approximately 95% of kindergartener’s having library cards, started a social work program, deepened digital equity work, and prioritized the library’s antiracism, equity and inclusion efforts. Maria began her library career 24 years ago at the Cambridge Public Library in Circulation and Reference Services. Before returning to Cambridge, she served as the Director of Libraries in Santa Monica, Director of Libraries for the City of Somerville, and held several library positions at Northeastern University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from Simmons. She is Past President of the Public Library Association, a major division of the American Library Association (ALA). She served on the American Library Association’s Executive Board and is on the Board of Advisors of Beacon Press. Maria has two super great kids, Micah Woo and Grace Mihi and running-scientist spouse, Micah John, and resides in Somerville, Massachusetts with cat, toys and books.

Alexandra Rivera
Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Organizational Development, Michigan State University Libraries

Alexandra Rivera is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Organizational Development at Michigan State University Libraries. She coordinates the work of the Communications unit, User Experience, Accessibility, Outreach and Engagement and Organizational Development. Most recently she was the Student Success and Community Engagement Librarian at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Library supporting learning and research needs. While in that role she directed the Library’s Peer Information Consulting Program, coordinated its K-12 initiatives, and was liaison to the UM’s Detroit Center and faculty, students, staff, and community partners collaborating on Detroit initiatives. Alexandra is an ALA Spectrum Scholar and an ARL Leadership and Career Development Program Fellow. She was awarded the American Library Association Equality Award in 2018. She is the Vice President/President Elect of REFORMA (the National Association for the Promotion of Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking). She serves as Vice President of the Joint Council of Librarians of Color, Inc. and on the American Library Association Council as member-at-large. She has degrees from Northern Arizona University (B.S. Communications) and the University of Michigan (M.L.S.). Her professional interests are in the areas of equity and inclusion as it relates to library leadership, information and education access, organizational culture, community engagement, and instructional pedagogy.


There will be a total of 12 x 30-minute concurrent presentations available to attendees in real time (and then later as recordings). The following presentations have been accepted and are currently being scheduled. A final schedule for the conference will be released at the beginning of that week.

  • A Sense of Belonging in the Library: Showcasing Diverse Content Through Social Media: Kelsey Gallagher Mambach, Assistant Director of Libraries, Union College of Union County, NJ (Link to details)
  • Barriers to the Profession for People of Color (POC): How the Culture of Whiteness in Libraries Excludes Marginalized Groups: Laura Giacobbe, Specialist Librarian. Guggenheim Memorial Library, Monmouth University | Nancy Thompson Learning Commons, Kean University | Chrisler Pitts, Collection Development/Acquisitions Librarian (Link to details)
  • Coffee and Collaboration: Creating Discussion Based Programming for Graduate Students WITH Graduate Students: Calantha Tillotson, MLIS - Social Sciences Librarian & Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Knoxville | Amy Snyder (Link to details)
  • Collaborative programming: How we reach our communities by working together!: Ronne Jones Cox, Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian, The Paul Meek Library at the University of TN at Martin (Link to details)
  • Ethical co-working and kindness in academic libraries: Caterina Reed, Instructional Support Associate, Stony Brook University Libraries (Link to details)
  • Fostering Belonging by Addressing Digital Collection Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility: Internship-Based Audits as a First Step: Dr. Tami Blumenfield, Kui Ge Scholar of Ethnology (Yunnan University) and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor (University of New Mexico) | Mēgan Oliver, Head of Digital Projects, University of Missouri-Kansas City (Link to details)
  • From Audit to Action: Cultivating and Sustaining Organizational Efforts in DEIA: Rachael-Joy Davis, Department Head of User Services, California State University, Sacramento - University Library | Briana Zaragoza, Education Librarian | Alicia Zuniga, Public Health and Science Librarian (Link to details)
  • Graphic Novels Support DEIB: Cathy Leverkus, Library Consultant (Link to details)
  • I and Thou: Diversity and Our Lenses of Perception: Ethan Marek, Public Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (Link to details)
  • Identifying Biases and Privileges in the Field as Library Workers: Ray Pun, Academic and Research Librarian, Alder Graduate School of Education (Link to details)
  • Language as inclusion: Creating multi-lingual browsing spaces in libraries.: Tiffany Coulson, Mattawa Branch Librarian, NCW Libraries and Mattawa Elementary School (Link to details)
  • SE/CT Integrated with Media Lessons: Charlene Saint-Jean, Cherokee Lane ES (Link to details)

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Library 2.0 community to be kept updated on this and future events. 

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

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