I’m traveling to Orlando, FL to attend the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. While in Orlando, I plan to participate in the following activities:
- External Review Panel (ERP) Training: Friday, June 24, 8:00am – 12:00pm.
- Memorial for Pulse Shooting Victims: Saturday, June 25, 8:00am – 8:30am.
- LRRT Research Forum: Connecting Research and Practice: Saturday, June 25 8:30am – 10:00am.
- Fearless Questions and Fierce Conversations: Recruiting and Retaining LIS Doctoral Students of Color: Saturday, June 25 10:30am – 11:30am.
- Leaders Wanted: LIS Doctoral Options Fair: Saturday, June 25 11:30am – 1:00pm.
- Task Force on Accreditation Process and Communication: Saturday, June 25, 1:00pm – 2:30 pm.
- ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session: Saturday, June 25, 3:00pm – 4:30pm.
- LRRT Research Forum: New Voices and Studies from the Field: Sunday, June 26, 10:30am – 11:30am.
- Task Force on Context of Future Accreditation: Sunday, June 26, 11:00am – 1:00pm.
- LITA Awards & President’s Program: Toward an Ethic of Social Justice in Information with Dr. Safiya Noble: Sunday, June 26, 3:00pm – 4:00pm.
- ALA Accreditation: A closer look at Accreditation Process, Policies and Procedures (AP3), fourth edition: Sunday, June 26, 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
- ALISE Library and Information Studies Cooperative Alumni Reunion: Sunday, June 26, 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
The upcoming Annual Conference presents a great opportunity to discuss improving accreditation, LIS education, and our professions. Personally, I am most eager to engage current LIS students in these discussions. As with all educational systems, students are essential stakeholders in LIS education. While every decision that is made about LIS education directly affects students, students have the least agency, power, and voice in educational decision-making processes. As the student representative (who recently graduated) to the Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation, I have a responsibility to listen to current students and ensure that their needs, perspectives, and voices are heard.
If you have comments, ideas, suggestions, or just want to talk, please get in touch. If you’d like to meet up, please leave a comment below, or connect with me via email or social media. I hope to see you in Orlando!