Infofest Kent 2020 – extended call for papers

Diversity in Libraries Conference to be held @ University of Kent on 20 April 2020

Infofest Kent is a conference partnership between Information Services at the University of Kent and CILIP Kent, that provides an opportunity for librarians and information professionals to share experiences and network. We are excited to announce our next Infofest Kent event on the theme of Diversity in our libraries.

Nick Poole, CILIP CEO, has emphasised the organisations need to place equality, diversity and inclusivity at the centre of its actions and “to stand for the values that we hold dear as a profession – for human rights, equalities and diversity, preservation of access to knowledge, public benefit, intellectual freedom, impartiality & confidentiality” (Diversity within the profession, Feb 2019)

We want Infofest Kent to be a space where those working in the profession can identify barriers and solutions to the issues of equality, diversity and inclusivity in their specific working contexts. We want particularly to be able to offer a range of resources so all attendees have something practical they can take with them to use in their work.

Call for Papers!

We would like to feature underrepresented voices in the library community and actively encourage submissions from colleagues at all stages of their career who have never presented at a conference or event before, as well as to more experienced voices from diverse communities.

The conference will bring together librarians and information professionals from a variety of sectors and will provide an opportunity to hear about the practical approaches being taken to provide diverse voices and resources in library collections, to share ideas and knowledge, and develop new networks.

Topics could cover, but are not limited to, how diversity and inclusivity are considered in:

  • The services offered to library users
  • The workforce in libraries and insuring equity
  • Meeting diverse needs of users
  • Library spaces
  • Collection development and management

We are keen to provide opportunities for anyone working in the profession to share experiences and knowledge. This can be a keynote, workshop, lightening talk or panel idea.

Entry to the conference will be waived for the speaker unfortunately though we are not able to offer travel or accommodation expenses however if this is an impediment to submitting a paper/attend the event, please let us know. You can send a request for bursary funds to CILIPinKent by contacting the secretary, Claire Choong at: claire.choong@canterbury.ac.uk

To submit a proposal, please send the following information to ISengagement@kent.ac.uk by Friday 3 January 2020

  • Title
  • 150 word abstract
  • Preferred format
  • Name, job title and institution

If you identify with an underrepresented group and/or have never presented at a conference before, please preface your submission title with “priority”. This will not be shared beyond the committee, will not be included in the program and you do not need to provide any additional information.

We will endeavour to arrange the format as requested, but we may need to make some changes to fit in the allocated times and rooms.

A selection panel will consider submissions and successful applicants will be informed by Monday 13 January.

For further information on this contact:  ISengagement@kent.ac.uk

Twitter feed: #InfoFestKent20

 

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