Summer Meeting 2021

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The first all-virtual Orbis Cascade Alliance Summer Meeting will take place July 13 – 15, 2021.

The theme of the 2021 Summer Meeting is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

Program Proposals

The Summer Meeting Program Committee seeks program proposals that explore the theme of EDI in the context of Alliance teams and groups, as well as within Alliance member libraries.

The committee welcomes proposals from employees at any level, from any member library. Proposals can be from individuals as well as groups. Proposers/Speakers do not need to be actively involved in an Alliance team or group to participate. We welcome work that is in progress, inspires us to explore areas we aren”t experts in, and will help us grow as professionals and libraries.

There are many paths for offering information and the Alliance is able to accommodate a multitude of formats including (but not limited to) panel discussions; social/networking; presentations; and pre-recorded trainings. We have an opportunity to use our imaginations to make the first all-virtual Summer Meeting an interesting and vibrant event. 

Need some inspiration? Not sure where to begin? Here are some brainstorming ideas to start with: 

  • EDI related work in Alliance groups/teams
  • Successful EDI initiatives at member libraries
  • EDI in specialized areas (Archives, Cataloging, Systems, Access Services, etc.)
  • Anti-racism in libraries 
  • EDI training in your library
  • Forming an EDI committee in your library
  • EDI lessons from the past year
  • Inclusive language in libraries
  • Ethics and philosophy of EDI in libraries
  • Allyship/anti-oppression practices in libraries

Proposal Submissions were due: April 28, 2021 by 5pm

All program proposals will be considered and those who submit proposals can expect to receive a response in mid-May.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Josie Ragolia or Elizabeth Duell.

Committee Members

Margaret Alexander

Core Systems Librarian

University of Oregon

Shelley Carr

University of Idaho

Hannah Crummé

Lewis & Clark College

Mary Grenci

University of Oregon

Robert Perrett

University of Idaho

Pronouns: he/him

Josie Ragolia

Chair, Summer Meeting Program Group

Pacific University

Pronouns: she/her