Creating Equitable Spaces

Creating Equitable Spaces - MHSLA/MiALA pop up conference 2021

November 4, 2021
8:25 AM - 4:15 PM (with a one-hour lunch break)

Registration is Open! Click here to register!

In our ongoing partnership, the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (MHSLA) and the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) invite you to our second joint MHSLA/MiALA pop-up conference! This will be an all virtual opportunity to "meet" with library colleagues across the state and beyond! Registration is FREE for MHSLA and MiALA members!. Join us to learn about how academic, academic medical, and hospital libraries around the state are tailoring library services to meet the needs of our adult learners. Please stay for the wrap-up session at 4:00 pm! Attendees participating in the vendor presentations will be eligible for some fabulous prizes, including gift cards and 2022 conference registrations!

MLA Webinar:
Serving Patrons with Disabilities in Your Library or Clinic
Twenty percent of the US population has a disability. A growing elderly population, advances in medicine enabling people with disabilities to live longer, and other changes in society will push that number higher. Librarians need to be proactive and comfortable in serving patrons with disabilities.

Learn how to create welcoming environments for and communicate clearly with people with disabilities in academic and hospital settings. Through a hands-on activity, discussion, live quizzes, and information on resources that address the health information needs of people with disabilities, you will be better able to assist patrons with disabilities and the clinicians who treat them. You will leave with ideas for immediate improvements to your website and quick fixes to your library space, guidelines for clearly and confidently communicating with people with disabilities, and knowledge and skills for making plans for larger improvements. #MLAServingPatrons

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
explain the health information needs of people with disabilities
describe the benefits of creating a barrier-free environment in their library spaces
demonstrate effective communication techniques for assisting patrons with disabilities
identify electronic, print, and other resources for creating a high-quality disability-related collection for patients and clinicians
improve their websites and spaces to better serve patrons with disabilities

Two Panel Discussions featuring panelists from both of our organizations!

Panel 1 Creating Welcoming and Equitable Library Spaces and Collections
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has become integral to the missions of many libraries over the last several years. Considering how libraries and their collections and spaces reflect, welcome, and affirm the identities and lived experiences of our patrons is integral to our work. This panel will examine lessons learned by libraries who have engaged with DEI in their collections and/or physical spaces. Topics include collections audits, intentional collections policies to diversify collections, accessibility of resources, creating inviting spaces that meet diverse needs, and more. 

Panel 2 Transformative Agreements: Lessons and Ideas

Transformative agreements (sometimes called read&publish or publish&read) are in the library news everywhere, and have started to filter down to consortia and institutions of all types and sizes. What are transformative agreements, do they make sense for your institution to explore, and how can you prepare to discuss the issues with your institution’s administration?  We will discuss how transformative agreements work, what they are seeking to transform, what the costs are for institutions (both direct and indirect), outreach and advocacy, human resource needs, and the impact these agreements may have on your institution’s authors.  The value add proposition, opportunities, and challenges may differ between libraries but by examining what others have tried or are anticipating trying we can all take inspiration about what the future of scholarly publishing may look like.

Full Conference Schedule:
8:25 - 8:30 am Brief Welcome
8:30 - 10:00 am MLA Webinar: Serving Patrons with Disabilities in Your Library or Clinic
10:00 - 10:15 am Break
10:15 - 11:10 am Panel #1: Creating Welcoming and Equitably Library Spaces and Collections
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Panel #2: Transformative Agreements: Lessons and Ideas
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own!)
1:00 - 4:00 pm Vendor Presentations and Q&A
4:00 - 4:15 pm Wrap Up, Raffle, and Goodbye!

Thank you, vendors!
Doody Enterprises, EBSCO, Elsevier, McGraw Hill, MCLS, ProQuest, Springer, VisualDX, Wolters Kluwer