POCinLIS Summit (July 23, 2021): Call for Participation

The People of Color in Library & Information Science (POCinLIS) Summit will take place on Friday, July 23, 2021 virtually via Zoom from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. PST. Registration is free. Submissions are currently being accepted (link to application form). The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

The mission of POCinLIS Summit is to create a productive and brave space for people of color, especially women and marginalized identities, working in the information sector. Information workers will have the opportunity to explore their work in LIS as POC and their intersecting identities as POC+ and information workers. This summit invites participants to challenge and interrogate their roles and actions as information workers. This summit aims to collectively establish rules of engagement and discourse, acknowledging that dominant narratives may be disrupted. 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. 

Thriving Together: Strengthening Our Identities through Community

The theme Thriving Together centers on uplifting each other through community. As POC, our identities intersect in our work as we engage with systems of oppression within and outside of institutions. How can POC in LIS join together to create strong, diverse, and beautiful communities, online and in person?

The POCinLIS Summit is a space for collaborative conversations that explore our passions and interests. We welcome submissions that are unique, challenging, and unorthodox in other LIS spaces. Library students and library employees of all kinds are invited to submit proposals. Works in progress are encouraged.

We welcome session tracks addressing, but not limited to:

1. Activism/community building (in person, virtual, etc.)

2. Critical analysis of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion

    • Collection management
    • Institutional initiatives and campaigns
    • Outreach
    • Reference and instruction

3. Mentorship, leadership, and advancement of POC in LIS

4. Self-Care and digital wellness

    • Work/life balance
    • Parenting
    • Mindfulness

Session formats include:

  • 2 hour workshop (Honorarium will be offered for accepted workshop)
  • 75 minute session including 15 minute Q&A
  • 45 minute session including 15 minute Q&A
  • 30 minute roundtable

Your presentation abstract/description should be less than 300 words. Don’t forget your learning outcomes! Check out our information page for presentation support. Please submit your proposal by Sunday, April 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

This conference is funded by the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University and a Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) SPIF Grant.

Need help? Have questions? Email POCinLIS@gmail.com.