Friday Morning Opening Keynote
In this dialogue, Nikole Hannah Jones and Lindsay Cronk will explore the importance of access to knowledge, the value of critical consideration and reinterpretation, the connections between knowledge creators and library workers, and the need to challenge censorship and false neutrality claims.
Saturday Morning Keynote
Leading While Learning: Reflections from REALM, the COVID-19 Project for Libraries, Archives, and Museums
After COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in early 2020, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) partnered with OCLC and the Battelle scientific research institute to establish the RE-opening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project, which has provided science-based information to aid local decision making, policies, and operations in cultural institutions across the country. Battelle produced customized laboratory research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and conducted systematic reviews of the emerging science on COVID-19 transmission and prevention. With input from stakeholders representing archives, libraries, and museums, and member organizations that support those professions, REALM produced a toolkit of curated, summarized, and illustrated research findings for cultural institutions. This panel will share how the partnership and stakeholder groups built a network of trust and rapid communication, captured emergent learning, and adapted in response to the COVID-19 surge. Panelists will also describe current activities to build on our collective strengths to serve and inform diverse communities and support public health outcomes.
Saturday Closing Speaker
Libraries are one of the best examples of how buildings can function as a community resource. They’re part of our social infrastructure and provide access to resources. When we build libraries, we’re making an investment that shows what we value. Part of the job of an architect is to ensure that investment lasts. We have witnessed this past year the speed at which change can happen and the changing diversity of communities we serve with libraries forces us to constantly re-examine ideas of flexibility and reflection. We must consider flexibility in how we can think today about future challenges and physical adaptability of buildings. We must consider reflection as both a place where people where people can reflect on what is happening in their community, but also the ways that buildings reflect their communities. We know that when people feel a space is for them, they are more likely to use it. Through the design and construction process, we can find opportunities for changing communities to see themselves in libraries. Through this process, we see how people can be empowered to make change.