Schedule & Keynote

A row of cactus of different types

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to welcome Sofia Leung and Dr. Nolan Cabrera as our keynote speakers this year.

Sofia Leung

Sofia Leung

Sofia Leung (she/her) is a first-generation Chinese American and a native New Yorker who believes that library work is social justice work. She was most recently the Teaching and Learning Program Manager at the MIT Libraries. Sofia is a member of the In the Library With The Lead Pipe journal’s editorial board and an ACRL Immersion facilitator.

She is currently co-editing a collection on Critical Race Theory in Library and Information Studies to be published in 2020. Sofia is focused on building community among Black, Indigenous and People of Color in libraries and beyond.

She tweets at @sofiayleung. Visit her website at

Dr. Nolan Cabrera

Dr. Nolan Cabrera

Dr. Nolan Cabrera is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of racism/anti-racism on college campuses, Whiteness, and ethnic studies. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, and was the only academic featured in the MTV documentary White People.

His new book, White Guys on Campus, is a deep exploration of White male racism, and occasional anti-racism, on college campuses – a text Jeff Chang (author of We Gon’ Be Alright) described as “A timely, provocative, even hopeful book.”

Additionally, Dr. Cabrera was an expert witness in the Tucson Unified Mexican American Studies case (Arce v. Douglas), which is the highest-profile ethnic studies case in the country’s history.  He has given hundreds of lectures, keynote addresses, and trainings, throughout the country on challenging racism/Whiteness, working through unconscious bias, creating inclusive college campuses, and the expansion of ethnic studies programs.

Dr. Cabrera is an award-winning scholar whose numerous publications have appeared in some of the most prestigious journals in the fields of education and racial studies. He completed his graduate work at UCLA in Higher Education & Organizational Change and Dr. Cabrera earned his BA from Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (Education focus). He is a former Director of a Boys & Girls Club in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is originally from McMinnville, Oregon.

Previous Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Ferretti

Keynote Speaker 2018

Take a look at the 2018 keynote talk by Jennifer Ferretti. She is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a first-generation American Latina whose librarianship is guided by critical perspectives and disbelief of neutrality.

You may download the slides (PDF) from her 2018 talk, "Neutrality is polite oppression: How critical librarianship and pedagogy principles counter neutral narratives and benefit the profession."

Keynote Speakers 2016

  • David James Hudson, "On Critical Librarianship and Pedagogies of the Practical"
  • Monica J. Casper, "Pedagogies of Trauma in the Neoliberal University"

More talks from previous events:


(This schedule is subject to slight changes)

Wednesday, March 11

4-6 pm – Early registration and check-in | Main Library lobby

5-6 pm – UA Library tours | Meet in Main Library lobby

Thursday, March 12

8-8:45 am – Coffee, registration, and check-in | outside Learning Studio 112

8:45-9 am – Welcome and conference kick-off | ILC 150

9-10 am Opening keynote – Sofia Leung | ILC 150

10:10-11 am – Breakout session 1

  • Foundations of transgender solidarity in library instruction (workshop) – Amy Gilgan | Learning Studio 112
  • Information has value: a Marxist approach (presentation) – Dave Ellenwood | Data Studio
  • Challenging privilege in library practices (presentation + workshop) – Arya Hackney | Learning Studio B252/254
  • Print media, postcard, and zine making (workshop) | Maker Studio

11:10-12 pm – Breakout session 2

  • Looking for radical academic traditions in the library classroom (presentation) – Teresa Helena Moreno | Data Studio
  • Critical library pedagogy and librarian labor (roundtable) – Maura Seale & Rafia Mirza | Learning Studio B252/254
  • Scaffolding your instruction with epistemology (presentation) – Kirsten Dean | Learning Studio 112
  • Laser-cut jewelry making (workshop) | Maker Studio

12-1:30 pm – Lunch (dine-arounds) | Meet in Main Library lobby

1:45-2:35 pm – Breakout session 3

  • In search of a just & responsible culture of assessment: two critical alternatives to learning analytics in libraries (presentation) – Adam Beauchamp & Mallary Rawls | Data Studio
  • Conflicting interests & begrudging partnerships: turning critical pedagogy on human resources (roundtable) – Matthew Weirick Johnson | Learning Studio 112
  • Centering voices from the margins: unsettling the exceptionalist lore of makerspaces (presentation) – Maggie Melo & Jen Nichols | Maker Studio
  • Hacking Wikipedia community of practice (workshop) | Learning Studio B252/254

2:35-3 pm – Snack break | ILC courtyard

3-3:50 pm – Lightning talks group 1 | ILC 150

  • Data literacy and feminist epistemology – Scout Calvert
  • Men lead, women teach: are we perpetuating our own gender stereotypes in job advertisements? – Tati Mesfin & Rayla Tokarz
  • Reclaiming history: developing programs to evaluate, decolonize, and reclaim the archives – Camila Tessler
  • An appeal to Kairos: building a sustainable assessment practice – Sheila Garcia

4-4:50 pm Plenary facilitated discussion on bias in peer-review – Emily Ford | ILC 150

5:30-7:30 pm – Social event off-campus (snacks provided, bar available) | Passé Cafe and Bar 

Friday, March 13

8-8:30 am – Coffee, registration, and check-in | Main Library lobby

8:30-9:20 am – Breakout session 4

  • Support beyond the studio: critical pedagogy in art librarianship (workshop) – Michele Jennings & Courtney Hunt | Learning Studio B252/254
  • Optimizing the learning experience of neurodivergent students (workshop) – Paige Crowl | Learning Studio 112
  • The unheard call: reconstructing support to doctoral students through a critical lens (roundtable) – Amanda M. Leftwich, Mary Beth Parkinson, & Adriene Hobdy | Data Studio
  • Zine swap and reading party | Maker Studio

9:30-10:20 am – Breakout session 5

  • Assessment is constructed & contextual: a faculty-librarian pilot to explore critical approaches to curriculum and assessment (workshop) – Nicole Branch, Julia Voss, & Loring Pfeiffer | Learning Studio 112
  • Do I have to have a librarian come to my class? Power imbalances and power moves in library instruction (presentation + workshop) – Christine M. Moeller & Roberto A. Arteaga | Learning Studio B252/254
  • Beyond self-care and standardization: creating a sustainable teaching practice through engaged pedagogy (roundtable) – Veronica Arellano Douglas, Carolina Hernandez, & Emily Deal | Data Studio
  • DIY embroidered patches and buttons (workshop) | Maker Studio

10:20-10:50 am – Snack break | Main Library lobby

11-11:50 am Closing keynote – Dr. Nolan Cabrera (+15min book signing) | ILC 150 

12-1:30 pm – Lunch (dine-arounds) | Meet in Main Library lobby

1:40-2:40 pm – Breakout session 6

  • Casting a Critical Eye on "Fake News" Literacy and Post Truth Pedagogy (roundtable) – Carrie Wade | Data Studio
  • Addressing white supremacy in librarianship through communities of practice (workshop) – Lindsey Shively, Reed Garber-Pearson, Lia Friedman, & Althea Lazzaro | Learning Studio B252/254
  • Outside the frame: reflective writing and critical librarianship in medical education (workshop) – Pamela Pierce, Sarah Kortemeier, & Yamila El-Khayat | Learning Studio 112
  • “White Guys on Campus” book discussion | Maker Studio

2:50-4 pm – Conference wrap up and lightning talks group 2 | ILC 150

  • Extensions for everyone: syllabus policies that center accessibility – Melissa A. Wong
  • Elevating the fashion other: how sartorial choices inform counternarratives in information literacy – Lalitha Nataraj
  • #nowtrending: critical library instruction through the lens of influencers – Jesus Espinoza & Naomi Binnie
  • The library is not a restaurant: reference appointments and neoliberal language – Maggie Clarke & Carolyn Caffrey Gardner

6:00 pm – Social event options in town (not sponsored by UA)