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Shelf Awareness: The Intersections of Social Justice and Critical Librarianship

Conference sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley (LAUC-B)


David Brower Center

2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

October 4, 2019

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

**Registration will be free


Critical librarianship is “a movement of library workers dedicated to bringing social justice principles into our work in libraries. We aim to engage in discussion about critical perspectives on library practice. Recognizing that we all work under regimes of white supremacy, capitalism, and a range of structural inequalities, how can our work as librarians intervene in and disrupt those systems?”

-http://critlib.org/about/


Shelf Awareness: The Intersections of Social Justice and Critical Librarianship is the theme of the 2019 conference sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California at Berkeley. Join us in downtown Berkeley on October 4, 2019 for a day of discussion and reflection about the ways the structure and practice of our profession both disrupt and reinforce systematic oppression.


We invite proposals for:

  • Breakout sessions (45-75 min.)
  • Shorter sessions, potentially part of a panel
  • Poster sessions


Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Building collections/outreach for marginalized populations
  • Cataloging and metadata bias
  • Collaboration with community organizations
  • Community archives
  • Libraries and “neutrality”
  • Diversifying the profession
  • Critical librarianship and education practices
  • White privilege in library and archives work
  • Diversity of gender identities and libraries
  • Anti-oppression strategies or actions
  • Self-care practices
  • Cultural humility
  • Mentorship


Please submit your proposal by Friday, July 12th. Successful applicants will be notified by July 31st.


Optionally, if you would like to propose a panel or have an idea for collaboration, use this spreadsheet to find potential collaborators. The conference organizers will not be moderating or viewing this spreadsheet; it is solely for the use of potential collaborators. If you use this spreadsheet, make sure you ALSO submit your proposal by July 12.


We encourage proposals from academic and public librarians, archivists, staff, students, and community collaborators.

If you have questions about breakout sessions, please contact Corliss Lee clee@library.berkeley.edu

If you have questions about poster sessions, please contact Jennifer Dorner dorner@berkeley.edu

Conference logo design by Melissa Stoner