WNYLRC Workshop: The Future of Community-Library Inter-Action
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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WNYLRC Training Center


Community-Library Inter-Action Workshop

Communities are experiencing civic unrest, conflict, disconnectedness, and other challenges, which calls for shared local understanding, reflection, and action on common interests. There is a need for capacity building processes to advance community knowledge, intercultural understanding, empowerment and solutions. The Community-Library Inter-Action (CLIA) https://librariesforpeace.org/clia is a practice for libraries to facilitate community dialogue and action of, by and for the community, that leads to social transformation. The CLIA workshop engages interactive methods to teach staff and stakeholders of any type of library to strengthen the library's role as community anchor by working WITH, not just FOR communities. Library staff and volunteers learn to realign their thinking from being service providers and problems solvers, to community connectors with the capacity to support building community identity and furthering community goals. Libraries practicing CLIA, a project of the Libraries for Peace Initiative, contribute to the collective action and impact on the part of libraries worldwide to advance peaceful and sustainable communities.



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Dr. Clara M. Chu
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Dr Clara M. Chu is the Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in the social construction of library and information use, practices, and systems that impact access and collective memory in multicultural communities. Her transnational, ethnic minority, and multilingual background provides her a distinctive and critical lens in the social study of library and information issues to transform professional practice and education. She has published in leading journals and presented at conferences around the world in English and Spanish.

Dr. Chu has held administrative and faculty positions at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of California at Los Angeles. She has held successive leadership positions in professional library and information associations, and is currently Co-Chair of the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education Working Group https://lisedu.wordpress.com/, and the ALA representative on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. She is serving on the editorial boards of Libri and Library Trends, and co-edits the International Insights Column of College & Research Libraries News. She has been honored for her research, teaching and professional contributions locally and nationally.



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Unconference: INTERSECT: Where People & Ideas Meet! (Early Bird Registration)

INTERSECT is not your grandmother's library conference!

This brand new regional gathering of library and information professionals will be taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn, Buffalo, NY on Friday, October 5, 2018.

The purpose of INTERSECT is to facilitate a culture of co-learning among librarians and other interested professionals in the region by bringing people together to network and share ideas in an interactive, engaging, informal setting where participants determine the content.

INTERSECT: Where People and Ideas Meet!

Program and session descriptions can be viewed here: https://wnylrc.org/uploads/documents/committees/ce/INTERSECT_program.pdf

Activities, including workshops and tours, will be held during lunch time.

Early bird registration will be available to everyone until August 15th, after which the registration price will increase to $40 for WNYLRC members and $50 for non-members.

Please fill out our form on preferred sessions, lunch activities, and your meal selection once you've registered: https://wnylrc.wufoo.com/forms/q1yutqd11vjaht8/

Spaces for each session and lunch activities are limited -- so sign up soon!

If you need disability accommodations, please email Caitlin at ckenney@wnylrc.org.

There is $5/day valet parking only for guests of our Unconference at the Hilton Garden Inn.

We have a block of rooms reserved with a special conference rate at the Hilton Garden Inn available on a first come, first serve basis if you wish to stay overnight. You can book online at buffalodowntown.hgi.com with the booking code: WNYLR. You can also call Hilton Garden Inn at either 1-855-446-1178 or 716-848-1000 and inform the agent that helps you of the dates that you wish to book and the special code (WNYLR).