MLA/DLA 2019 Conference Highlights: What if… you could do serious good for your library through play?

Each week between now and the 2019 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD.  For more information about the conference and to register, visit the MLA conference website


What if…you could do serious good for your library through play?

Friday, May 3rd

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Julia Caffrey, Eric Gadsby, & Bill Helman

The notion that the tools we use are neutral and unbiased has been questioned recently as we recognize that the design of our technology, our spaces, and our services all have the potential to reflect (mostly) unconscious biases that can perpetuate inequality and exclusion.

This workshop will explore this theme and give participants an opportunity to think about the unintended bias and inequity that has been designed into their own library. Through kinesthetic brainstorming, and play-based problem solving, we will begin building solutions to these problems to bring back to their home institution.

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