Community-Library Inter-Action Workshop
Communities are experiencing civic unrest, conflict, disconnectedness, and other challenges, which calls for shared local understanding, reflection, and action on common interests. There is a need for capacity building processes to advance community knowledge, intercultural understanding, empowerment and solutions. The Community-Library Inter-Action (CLIA) https://librariesforpeace.org/clia is a practice for libraries to facilitate community dialogue and action of, by and for the community, that leads to social transformation. The CLIA workshop engages interactive methods to teach staff and stakeholders of any type of library to strengthen the library's role as community anchor by working WITH, not just FOR communities. Library staff and volunteers learn to realign their thinking from being service providers and problems solvers, to community connectors with the capacity to support building community identity and furthering community goals. Libraries practicing CLIA, a project of the Libraries for Peace Initiative, contribute to the collective action and impact on the part of libraries worldwide to advance peaceful and sustainable communities.
Dr Clara M. Chu is the Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in the social construction of library and information use, practices, and systems that impact access and collective memory in multicultural communities. Her transnational, ethnic minority, and multilingual background provides her a distinctive and critical lens in the social study of library and information issues to transform professional practice and education. She has published in leading journals and presented at conferences around the world in English and Spanish.
Dr. Chu has held administrative and faculty positions at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of California at Los Angeles. She has held successive leadership positions in professional library and information associations, and is currently Co-Chair of the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education Working Group https://lisedu.wordpress.com/, and the ALA representative on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. She is serving on the editorial boards of Libri and Library Trends, and co-edits the International Insights Column of College & Research Libraries News. She has been honored for her research, teaching and professional contributions locally and nationally.