Now available: recording and slides for IFLA ARL Webinar re: “On Social Justice…”
06 April 2023
The IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL) Standing Committee held its “On social justice, diversity and inclusion in academic and research libraries” webinar on 29 March, 2023.
Libraries have a foundational mission to contribute to the right to information and education, serve communities on the margins and provide safe spaces for the vulnerable. Their role extends beyond merely advocating for social justice, diversity and inclusion but they are spaces where social justice struggles are fought and are themselves active participants in the social justice arena.
Academic libraries provide access to spaces and information to university students and staff irrespective of religion, dis/ability, race, political beliefs, social standing and class with many extending their services to unaffiliated users from the local communities. That way, they democratize access to information for all persons.
The aim of this webinar is to accentuate the contributions academic and research libraries as advocates and actors in the social justice arena. Presenters will share their perspectives and actions taken to address issues of social justice, diversity and inclusion in various academic and research libraries. We hope that their actions may be replicated or customized by other libraries so together, libraries create even stronger impact.
Speakers (see speakers’ biographies below)
Director: Shared Services, North-West University Library and Information Service, South Africa
Man Yi Helen Chan
Lecturer, The University of Hong Kong, China
Chair: IFLA Professional Committee (Division F)
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Helen is a lecturer (P/T) of the Master of Science in Library and Information Management Program, as well as the founder and lecturer (P/T) of the Bachelor of Science in Information Management module, Accessible Information For All, at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Helen is the recipient of 16 awards, including the IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section Bursary in 2019. Currently, Helen is the IFLA Professional Division Committee Chair (Division F), Chair of the IFLA Action Plan Working Group, IFLA Professional Council Committee Member, and IFLA WLIC Sub-Committee Member. She was the IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award (DUIA) Jury, IFLA Emerging Leaders Grants Assessor, IFLA WLIC 2022 Sub-Committee Member, and IFLA Section Review Committee Member in 2022, in addition to the Co-Principal Investigator of the ASIS&T Award-bearing Project, “International Digital Story Writing Competition: AI and Health” in 2021. Starting from 2021, Helen is the Board Member of International Advisor, Journal of Librarianship & Information Science. She is the Director of the Hong Kong Lions Club of Jardine’s Lookout and the Committee Member of Rotary District 3450 Interact International Understanding. Helen is the author of a best-selling book, Hong Kong School Libraries in the Reading 2.0 Era (in Chinese) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China.
Neli is the Director: Shared Library and Information Services at the North-West University (NWU) in South Africa. She has extensive experience in Library and Information Services in academic and special libraries. Her expertise includes managing library resources, systems and operations including administration, fiscal management, and project management. Other competencies include the application of customer-based software and development for processing, content discovery, and access services. In addition to the NWU LIS, Neli has worked in various capacities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Library, University of Johannesburg Libraries, the Johannesburg Bar Library and the South African Library for the Blind, among other institutions. Prior to that, she served as an intern (experiential learning) at Georgia State University Law Library and at the Unites States Court of Appeals Library, 11th Court, Atlanta, GA (USA). She served the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) as a Standing Committee member for the Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities Section from 2015 – 2019.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Service from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, USA; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal; a bachelor’s degree in Education as well as a Certificate in Project Management from the University of South Africa.
She has presented and published papers in national and international conferences and journals. Her areas of interest are library services to the disabled, ethics, social justice and scholarly communications.