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Friday, April 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Awakening Arts Library Collections to DEIA: Responsive Acquisition Strategies for Addressing Bias

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Given major cultural shifts around the world, libraries are pressed to address equitable and inclusive representation in collections, making how and where librarians find and purchase research materials vital. The session brings together the experiences of early, mid, and late career librarians from museum settings, academic libraries, and public libraries to join past and present perspectives in the field of art librarianship, specifically concerning acquisitions and DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility). The results of a recent survey focused on current acquisition practices that address issues of bias will be shared, along with subsequent recommendations that promote ethical, creative, and clear praxis for building exemplary collections among art libraries nationally. Future acquisition practices that are responsive to cultural shifts, trends, and needs will be discussed.

Sponsored by 
The Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison in honor of Lyn Korenic, Head Librarian 1999-2021
Terra Foundation for American Art


Zulay Chang

New York Public Library


Robert Sloane

Chicago Public Library

Yuki Hibben

Virginia Commonwealth University

Jennifer Riestenberg

Walker Art Center

Deborah Ultan

University of Minnesota

Tony White

OCAD University

Friday April 8, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Hyatt Regency Chicago Gold Coast Room