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ARL Fall Forum 2016 Explores How to Create Libraries That Facilitate Social Justice—Overview and Slides Online

Alden Habacon and Sofia Leung (left to right) at ARL Fall Forum 2016

At the 2016 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fall Forum in Washington, DC, on September 29, more than 100 senior leaders from ARL member libraries spent the day building skills needed to create diverse and inclusive library environments that contribute to social justice.

Ajay Nair, senior vice president and dean of campus life at Emory University, presented an inspiring Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture about developing polycultural environments on campus. Alden Habacon, senior advisor for intercultural understanding at University of British Columbia, facilitated large-group conversations and workshops throughout the day.

Sofia Leung, Teaching and Learning Program manager and liaison librarian at MIT Libraries, is the 2016 recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, which supports the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the Fall Forum each year. As part of the scholarship, Leung wrote an overview of this year’s forum, including links to Habacon’s slides.

The 2016 ARL Fall Forum was planned by the ARL Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the ARL Member Engagement and Outreach Committee, and ARL staff liaisons to the committees, Mark A. Puente and Sue Baughman.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.