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Monday, October 26 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Opening Plenary & Keynote Address

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• First Nations Welcome by Larry Grant, Musqueam Elder
• Introductory Remarks by Dr. Bethany Nowviskie, Director, Digital Library Federation
• Keynote Address by Dr. Safiya Noble, Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles:

Power, Privilege and the Imperative to Act

The landscape of library and information fields is rapidly shifting, as new imperatives and demands push to the fore in support of increasing investments in digital technologies. Yet critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial, disembodied, or lacking positionality. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics and in the service of something -- a position, a profit motive, a means to an end. Recently, engagement with digital technologies has become an enticing way of giving voice to marginalization and oppression, and hashtag activism has gained prominence as a potential intervention in forms of organizing, while disrupting traditional notions of how activism and protest should take place. In this talk, Safiya Umoja Noble will discuss the importance of the digitally-enabled academic-activist library community to offer models of intervention and resistance through research, practice and teaching, and the importance of examining the consequences and affordances of LIS activist work in a digital paradigm. By illuminating linkages to power struggles over values, particularly in the context of the digital, we can re-examine information contexts that can engender greater responsibility and imperative to act.

The Opening Plenary is sponsored by DPN, the Digital Preservation Network.

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Larry Grant

Larry Grant, Musqueam elder, was born and raised in Musqueam traditional territory by a traditional hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam family. After 4 decades as a tradesman, Larry enrolled in the First Nations Languages Program at UBC, which awoke his memory of the embedded... Read More →
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Louisa Kwasigroch

Managing Director, CLIR, CLIR
I'd love to talk about grantmaking, online education, and/or bowling. Let's connect.
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Safiya Umoja Noble

Professor, Gender Studies & African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Safiya Umoja Noble is a professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at UCLA, and is the Co-Founder and Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry.[1] She is the author of Algorithms of Oppression, and co-editor of two edited volumes: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class and Culture and Emotions, Technology & Design. She is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. She was appointed a Commissioner to the University of Oxford... Read More →
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Bethany Nowviskie

Dean of Libraries and Professor of English, James Madison University

Monday October 26, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Ballroom Pinnacle Hotel

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