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Thursday, June 9 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Representation Matters: Perspectives from BIPOC Library Colleagues

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As members of the Ontario Library Association’s Cultural Diversity and Inclusion committee, we hear over and over that Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) library colleagues feel alone in their workplaces. They are often the only BIPOC employee or one of a small number in their workplaces. In addition to hiring more BIPOC librarians and staff, there are many ways in which libraries can show support for their BIPOC library colleagues. These can be part of public facing collection development initiatives and programs, as well as internal staff initiatives. This session will share examples of how the library staff at all levels can demonstrate allyship in support of BIPOC library colleagues and the greater BIPOC community.

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Mai Lu

Head, Public Services, University of Toronto Mississauga
Mai Lu is the Head, Public Services at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library, a member of the OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion committee, a member of the CARL Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion working group, and is currently a fellow in the ARL Leadership and Career Development... Read More →
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Shernett Bennett

Library Technician, Humber College - Archive
Shernett Bennett is a Library Technician at the Humber College – Archives and she is a member of the OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion committee. Shernett is also a member of Humber College Library’s Policy and EDI committees, and she is the current Co-Lead of Humber College’s... Read More →

Thursday June 9, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm ADT