For the past year, LMU librarians Nataly Blas, Aisha Conner-Gaten, Rachel Deras, and Jessea Young have been working diligently to bring forth a new and exciting conference at the William H. Hannon Library. The inaugural People of Color in Library & Information Science (POCinLIS) Summit will take place on Friday, July 13th, 2018 at Loyola Marymount University from 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The mission of the POCinLIS Summit is to create a productive and brave space for people of color, especially women and marginalized identities, working in the information sector. This space is created to support the research of POC librarians and create a network of POC information workers for future collaboration and self-care. We strive to highlight and empower the voices of people of color in library and information science, particularly their research and work toward educating our peers on what “diversity, inclusions, and accessibility” should look like in librarianship. We have urged participants to explore their own passions and interests and seek collaborations with their POC peers, even if those ideas are not directly related to diversity and inclusion.
We are hopeful that the POCinLIS Summit will be a chance for library and information workers in the Los Angeles community to connect with one another and build their community. We are looking forward to the partnerships that are born out of this summit and look forward to sharing about the day’s events!