55th WNYLRC Annual Meeting of the Membership
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Thursday, September 30, 2021
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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Online via Zoom


55th WNYLRC Annual Meeting of the Membership


Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Annual Meeting of the Membership
Register: for WNYLRC's 55th Annual Meeting of the Membership by Wednesday, September 29th, 2021.
Cost: $0
Questions?:  Call Ashley Pietrzykowski at 716-633-0705, ext. 100
Tentative Schedule
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Coffee chat and trivia - all
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Business Meeting - Kristine Kasbohm
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm WNYLRC Awards - Hope Dunbar, WNYLRC Awards Committee
10 minute Break
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Conducting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Audits in Library & Information Organizations: Overview, Steps, and Best Practices - Dr. Kawanna Bright (see below for description)
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Prize Drawings - Amazon Echo or Amazon Firestick (2 winners will be drawn, one for each prize available. You must be present on the call in order to win.)
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Annual Meeting wrap-up
Dr. Bright - Presentation Information:
Conducting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Audits in Library & Information Organizations: Overview, Steps, and Best Practices
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) audits offer library and information organizations (LIOs) a strategic method for assessing their DEI efforts. However, the execution of these audits can be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. With no standardized methods currently available, many LIOs find themselves struggling to even know where to begin process. This presentation will offer attendees an overview of what a DEI audit is designed to do, discuss the general steps to take when conducting an audit, and offer best practices for conducting an audit that will meet the needs of your organization. Dr. Bright will also share an example of an auditing tool currently under development that may be of interest to attendees.
1.0 hour of CE Credit will be available for Dr. Bright's session. You must attend live to retrieve the credit.
*Zoom information will be sent out 2 days prior to the meeting. This session will not be recorded. The business meeting may be recorded for note-taking purposes, but will not be shared out.*
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Dr. Kawanna Bright
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Kawanna Bright, PhD, MLIS, is Assistant Professor of Library Science at East Carolina University. Dr. Bright earned her PhD in Research Methods and Statistics from the University of Denver in 2018.  Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Bright worked as an academic librarian for twelve years, with a focus on reference, instructional services, and information literacy.  She earned her MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool in 2003.  Dr. Bright’s current research focuses on assessment in libraries, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in libraries, the application of research methodology to the study of library and information science, and the importance of the liaison librarianship role in academic libraries. Her work with Dr. Amy VanScoy (University at Buffalo) to investigate the reference and information services experience of librarians of color received a 2014 ALA Diversity Research Grant and was awarded the 2017 Beta Phi Mu-Library Research Round Table Research Paper Award.  Among other projects, Dr. Bright is continuing her efforts to develop a standardized DEI assessment tool for academic libraries in the hopes of moving the assessment of DEI away from simply counting “diverse” employees. 


Additional information about Dr. Bright can be found at http://www.kawannabright.info/

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