JAN 22

Hooray for Dissent! Moving Beyond a Culture of Conformity

In this webinar, explore the potential value of dissent to facilitate positive change against systemic oppression in libraries, and in society at large.

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Dissent and conflict are critical components of progress and are catalysts that move individuals, institutions, and communities toward systemic change. Author Cass Sunstein writes, "Behavior that is sensible, prudent, and courteous is likely to lead individuals and societies to blunder." Librarianship, on the whole, is prone to such behavior, choosing conformity over conflict, and inertia over action. Authentic dissent in librarianship can be a catalyst to facilitate positive change against systemic oppression in libraries, and in society at large.

After viewing this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the practical value of dissent to their organizations, communities, and profession
  • Assess the dissent-friendliness of their organizations
  • Practice reflective techniques to test the communal value of the dissent

Presented by: Margo Gustina, Special Projects Librarian, Rural Library Service and Social Wellbeing; and Eli Guinnee, State Librarian, New Mexico State Library, co-founders of Hooray4.org.

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Date

22 January 2020

Time

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]

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Webinar presenters Eli Guinnee and Margo Gustina