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LIBRARIES, LEADERSHIP AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: Lessons from E.J. Josey
Librarian, educator and activist E.J. Josey stands out within the broader social and political landscape of civil rights for his courage and leadership in desegregating the library profession. As president of the American Library Association (ALA) from 1984 to 1985, he successfully drafted a resolution preventing state library associations from discriminating against librarians of color — an act considered by many to have desegregated the ALA.

During this online talk, Dr. Renate Chancellor, author of E. J. Josey: Transformational Leader of the Modern Library Profession (2020), will seek to answer the following questions: How did Josey transform the modern profession? What lessons can we take from his leadership and apply today?

Renate Chancellor is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA. Dr. Chancellor’s research focuses on human information behavior, organizational leadership, social justice in library and information science, and library education at historically black colleges and universities. She has published in scholarly journals and presented her research in national and international venues. Recent publications include: E.J. Josey: Transformational Leader in the Modern Library Profession; Racial Battle Fatigue: The Unspoken Burden of Black Women Faculty In LIS; Struggling to Breathe: COVID-19, protest and the LIS response; and Libraries on the Frontlines: Neutrality and Social Justice. She is a recipient of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Leadership Award and the ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award.

Feb 10, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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