As libraries grow increasingly digital and technically complex, how will the gender inequities that are also prevalent in the information technology field impact librarianship?  The field of librarianship is largely made up of women, and yet women are significantly underrepresented in leadership positions.

This summit will convene a group of dynamic, invested, and creative people from varied backgrounds and types of libraries to discuss these issues and examine how we might build a future for libraries and librarianship free from gender bias.  We hope to inspire practical, actionable approaches for a brighter future.  What is the library community doing right? Where can we improve?

The LTG summit will provide the opportunity for focused attention on a big challenge for our profession.  It is the organizers’ intent to include thoughtful library professionals at all levels of the field and regardless of gender who wish to participate in a dynamic set of conversations about leadership, technology and gender in libraries and related fields.

Mark your calendars for March 19-21, 2014 in Austin, Texas. This event will immediately follow the Electronic Resources & Libraries<> conference with overlapping workshops focused on coding and project management skills.

Bonnie Tijerina, ER&L Founder is excited about this new venture:
"A successful library of the future is going to rely on great leaders that meet the challenges that the technology boom presented. I'm pleased to be a part of an action focused and productive dialogue on the subjects of libraries, gender and technology--topics of great importance to the future health and success of libraries."

“It is becoming increasing clear that it is time to move forward on this important issue. DLF is investing in this opportunity in order to advance the conversation and identify real, actionable strategies for the betterment of our community”, Rachel Frick.

This meeting is being organized by:
Bonnie Tijerina, Head of Electronic Resources & Serials at Harvard University and ER&L founder
Rachel Frick, Director of the Digital Library Federation Program at Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
Amy Buckland, eScholarship, ePublishing & Digitization Coordinator, McGill University, with guidance provided by an extensive Advisory Committee.

Advisory Committee members include:
Marguerite Avery, Senior Acquisitions Editor, MIT Press, and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Chris Bourg, Assistant University Librarian, Stanford University
Emily Clasper, Systems Operations Manager, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Trevor Dawes, Associate University Librarian, Washington University in St.Louis, ACRL President
Declan Fleming, Chief Technology Strategist, University of California, San Diego Library
Cindi Trainor, Community Specialist, Springshare; President, LITA
Jennifer Vinopal, Librarian for Digital Scholarship Initiatives, NYU
Matt Zumwalt, Founder MediaShelf, Data Curation Experts, DataBindery

For more information, or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, visit <><>.

Louisa Kwasigroch
Program Associate - Digital Library Federation
Council on Library and Information Resources
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