Tuesday, May 10th 2022 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
In this webinar, Information Literacy Librarian Kelly Delevan discusses the multiple ways in which bias (implicit and explicit) complicates our search practices. Bias can reside in information systems, individual sources, or our personal perspectives. Navigating through this bias requires a dispositional shift – we need to accept that bias is pervasive and apply strategies to circumvent it. Library workers that model these dispositions with their patrons contribute to improving our information society.
Viewers will learn to:
- Uncover biases in sources through the use of evaluative methods
- Compare multiple information systems to reveal biases
- Acknowledge the biases that individuals bring to the search process and critically reflect on how they impact search habits
Kelly Delevan is the Information Literacy librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. She is responsible for the Information Literacy Program at SU Libraries, working to enable the Syracuse University community to succeed as members of an increasingly complex information society. Kelly has also developed the Information Literacy Scholars program, a unique opportunity for graduate students interested in academic librarianship, reference, and instruction to acquire working experience and mentoring in the SU libraries. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Kelly was the Instructional Services Librarian at Le Moyne College, and a research librarian at the New York Public Library. She received her MSIS in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Iman Powe-Maynard is a librarian at Poly Prep Country Day School, where she teaches middle schoolers the fundamentals of library skills and research. She also recently led a series of activities and discussions for the school's first HBCU (historically Black Colleges and Universities) Week. Prior to joining Poly, Iman served as a children's librarian and as civic engagement manager at Brooklyn Public Library, where she also facilitated workshops and lectured on information literacy and trauma-informed librarianship. She received her MLIS from St. John's University in 2011.
This event was presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library.
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