Critical Librarianship, Critical Leadership, and Art Librarianship by Jennifer Ferretti
I’m heading out to Salt Lake City this month to participate in the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) conference. I’ll be doing a couple things there:
Presenting with my team member Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez on her NDSR Art residency at Maryland Institute College of Art’s Decker Library, where we work.
Andrew Wang and I are super interested in bringing the critical librarianship discussion to other spaces, so we started the Critical Librarianship special interest group (SIG) at ARLIS. We’ll be co-facilitating the meeting at the conference, then handing over the SIG to others who are interested in facilitating.
I’ll be participating in the Diversity Forum, which is organized by the ARLIS Diversity Committee. I’ll be talking specifically about rethinking leadership in libraries, which is based on a workshop Sofia Leung and I led at the Gender & Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium in 2018. Take a look at the bibliography we used for it: Writing Ourselves into Our Future: Dismantling & Envisioning Alternative Models of Library Leadership.
Most of the time when I speak at conferences I’m talking about issues like race, racism, whiteness, why neutrality is a falsehood, and marginalized populations. On top of code switching, it can be emotionally exhausting. This conference is particularly exhausting for me, so I’ll be taking much needed solo breaks and hydrating.