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Developing a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Humanities Community

USMAI Library Consortium has purchased a limited number of tickets to the 2020 NISO Humanities Roundtable happening Wednesday, Sept. 23rd from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. We are pleased to offer free tickets for this event to staff at USMAI member libraries. The event should be of interest to many and could provide an opportunity for librarians to engage with their Humanities faculty. Use the registration link at right to request a ticket. A description of the event is below. 

Humanities Roundtable 2020: Building Diversity, Building Accessibility, Building Better

11:00 - 4:30 | Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The theme of this year’s Humanities Roundtable is building better — better diversity, better accessibility, better technology — in order to develop a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable humanities community. From the complexities of controlled vocabularies and thesauri in the humanities, to dealing with historically offensive language, and from defining accessibility in a humanities context to designing for it, our speakers will touch on many of the critical changes the digital humanities need. None of this is simple but, at the same time, if we work together to find solutions, it’s not impossible. By bringing together stakeholders from across our community — librarians, publishers, technology providers — this year’s Roundtable will kickstart a discussion on the practical requirements and implications of delivering a more diverse, a more accessible, a better information environment for the digital humanities community.

The event will include small group breakout sessions to encourage attendees from a range of stakeholder communities to engage productively with one another and to collaborate in identifying next steps.

Confirmed speakers include, among others, Marti Heyman, Executive Director, Metadata Strategy and Operations, OCLC; Bethan Tovey-Walsh, PhD researcher, CorCenCC/Swansea University; Michelle Urberg, Metadata Librarian, Proquest; Dave Tell, Ph.D., Co-Director, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas; Mark Puente, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Organizational Development, Purdue University; Susan Doerr, Associate Director, University of Minnesota Press, and Rebecca Blakiston, User Experience Strategist, University of Arizona.

Description from the NISO Website.

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