This is a recording of the on-demand program during the 2021 ALA Annual Conference. During this panel presentation, the speakers answered a series of questions focused around the roles of libraries as neutral spaces, how libraries can support marginalized students, and how libraries can balance tensions between professional ethics and university administrative goals and policies. The panelists are Emily Knox, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Renate Chancellor, Ph.D. (Catholic University of America), Stacy Collins, MLIS (Simmons University), and Adriene Lim, Ph.D. (University of Maryland). The session was moderated by Alyssa Denneler (Indiana University-Bloomington).
Confronting the Myth of Neutrality: Academic Libraries, Advocacy, and Free Speech (ALA Annual 2021, On Demand)
This panel features presenters with experience in balancing issues of library advocacy and free speech in academic libraries. Invited panelists will be both librarians and campus administrators or faculty who are knowledgeable about issues and topics currently contributing to the larger conversations happening on campuses regarding library neutrality, libraries as spaces of advocacy and the complications surrounding these challenges. By exploring these issues, it is our intention that this panel will offer best practices about how libraries can provide a space for engaging in candid discussion, which supports meaningful change.