Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share with you information about an important meeting that is happening in Austin on March 20-21. It is the Leadership, Technology and Gender Summit.  

This small informal meeting is providing  the space to have an honest conversation about how members in our community can take on the tough issues surrounding gender and tech in our libraries, and work together to change the structures and systems in order to make our libraries, our communities open and welcoming to all who want to participate and contribute. We hope to inspire practical, actionable approaches and provide a connection point for conversations that are currently happening throughout our communities.

In order to make sure we address topics that are of the moment and are important to the community, we are running the day using the Open Space Technology Format (OST).

The OST format involves an initial session in which the participants collaboratively create the agenda for breakout sessions for the first day. Because the LTG Summit is action-oriented, a similar process happens on the second day, but with a focus on actionable items, documentation, and collaboration over the short term period of the next year. The meeting is based on the two primary principles of passion and responsibility: passion to jump in and play an active role; and responsibility to lead, and follow through with action. No papers will be submitted or read and everyone will participate.

Open Space puts a focus on convening passionate players across multiple disciplines to address one specific question or theme.

The LTG Summit question is “What can we do to combat gender inequality and sexism in library technology?”

More information about this meeting is available at www.ltgsummit.org. Registration closes soon. I hope to see you there!

Best Regards,

Rachel L. Frick

Director, Digital Library Federation

Council on Library and Information Resources

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