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Challenges to the Faculty Status & Academic Freedom of Librarians and Archivists

  • 29 Sep 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom
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Title: Challenges to the Faculty Status & Academic Freedom of Librarians and Archivists

Moderator: Dylan McDonald, New Mexico State University

Presenters: Rebecca Hankins, Texas A&M University; Danya Leebaw, University of Minnesota; and Keith Weimer, University of Virginia

Presenter Bios:

Rebecca Hankins (she/her) is the Wendler Endowed Professor and certified archivist/librarian at Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas.  In the fall 2022 she moves to the Department of Global Languages and Culture in the School of Arts and Sciences at TAMU. United States President Barack Obama (2008-2016) appointed Hankins to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), where she served from 2016-2020.  She teaches courses on race, gender, religion, and sexuality from a social justice lens.

Danya Leebaw (she/her) is the Director of Social Sciences at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She oversees a department of subject librarians, the Map Library, the Mapping Prejudice initiative, and the Government Publications unit. Previously, she was a social sciences librarian at Carleton College and a business librarian at Emory University. In a past life, she worked in advertising. Her research has primarily focused on critical management studies and academic freedom in academic libraries.

Keith Weimer (he/him) is the Librarian for History and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he has worked since 2007. He represented UVA Library on the General Faculty Council from 2015-2021, serving as Chair from 2018-2019. Keith also served as President of the Virginia Library Association in 2017.

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM Central Time

Description: The academic status of librarians and archivists with faculty rank at several educational institutions is being challenged. Additionally, many labor under threats to their academic freedom, finding their scholarship and advocacy under question by groups both internal and external to the university. This webinar features a moderated discussion by librarians and archivists at Texas A&M University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Virginia who experienced a library-wide transition regarding faculty status. Each will share their thoughts on the genesis of this change, the resulting effect on the library’s culture and its place within the university, and the impact this decision has had on their careers. The presenters will address why academic freedom matters and what those working in the library and archival fields might do to counter these direct challenges.

Duration Length: 90 minutes

Cost: No set fee. Please select the registration level that you are comfortable with ($0-$40).

Location: Online via Zoom

The workshop will be recorded and available on the SSA YouTube channel at a later date.

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