In response to the final project/conference brainstorming chat we had today, here’s a general sketch of what I had in mind for a conference, as well as the questions used in the CFP for the #LIBRESILIENCE conference.
- Mid-late July or early August
- Building a Better Future (or Building a More Human Future?)
- Multi-day web conference. (@Jennbruneau, you mentioned more collaborative webinar tools out there than Zoom - can you drop those into the thread here?)
- I initially had this idea of a Solidarity Week. We could also use a tool like Slack to facilitate/enable further discussion and share more resources, and hopefully build more lasting community & relationships.
- If we did it over the course of a week, could we get 2-3 really awesome keynotes that would bring people not only from libraries but other domains in as well?
- Maybe we could do 20-25 sessions with a mix of LFI cohort presentations, general CFPs, and specific asks to likeminded folks. We could leave in room for the unconference idea, and to give people some kind of means of socializing, perhaps? (unless that’s too corny)
- Library advocacy, relevance, partnerships. Grappling with and reframing the current public image of libraries and library staff.
- Anything in the broad libraries fighting surveillance/traditional LFP domain or about some of the extra-pertinent topics from this current cohort: workplace automation and surveillance, health care surveillance, shifting to remote work, etc.
- Dis/misinformation, the threat to democracy, the threat to the current election.
- Managing and navigating bureaucracy during a crisis.
- Collective action/solidarity during a crisis.
- Productive responses for reconfiguring public spaces and resources (mutual aid, 3D printing/sewing, WiFi buses, etc).
- Imagining the sort of professional org/support system we want and need after/during all of this.
Call for Proposals form (obviously we’d want to write some narrative/prompt to preface this, which I’d love to do collaboratively):
- Your name:
- Your email address:
- Your pronouns:
- Your position:
- Your institution:
- Your location (asked to ensure geographic diversity):
- What is your gender? (asked to ensure gender diversity):
- What is your race/ethnicity? (asked to ensure racial diversity):
- Talk title:
- Talk length (we gave the option of 15, 30, 60 min):
- In 1000 characters or less, write a proposal for your talk. Focus on specific audiences and takeaways.
- Is there anything else you think we should know?