CARL Inclusion Perspectives Webinar Series: Fourth Panel Featuring Library Colleagues with Disabilities

Date and Time: June 8, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET
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Please note that this event is open to all (not just CARL institutions).

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group is pleased to announce the fourth in a series of planned webinars on inclusion perspectives, which will feature a panel of library colleagues with disabilities discussing their perspectives on the state of Canadian librarianship and how we can affect change.

This 1.5 hour moderated panel discussion will focus on progress on EDI initiatives to date and goals to strive for in the future. This will be a collaborative future-forward conversation, so please bring your own questions and/or proposed solutions.

In addition to being subject to the CARL Code of Conduct, CARL asks all participants, panelists and organizers to be respectful of what is being shared and in how they ask questions.

In the interest of accessibility, simultaneous translation and captions will be available throughout the session. Additional accommodation requests can also be emailed to Julie Morin, Senior Program Officer at CARL ().

Speakers Bios

The moderator for this event will be Katya Pereyaslavska

Katya is a User Experience Librarian at Western Libraries and a member of the CARL EDI Working Group.

Brooke Hiemstra

Brooke graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Adult Development in 2015. She also completed the Applied Learning Disability Graduate Certificate at Cambrian College in 2019. Since 2018, Brooke has worked at the University of Guelph as the Library Accessibility Services Assistant, running the Alternate Format Textbook Service for students registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Brooke has previous experience working as a tutor as well as an Exam and Educational Assistant for students with disabilities at various institutions. After being diagnosed with ADHD last year, Brooke has been making sense of past challenges and is learning to navigate the world as a neurodiverse person.

Irene Tencinger

Irene is a liaison librarian at Wilfrid Laurier’s Brantford campus. Some of the programs she supports include the Social and Environmental Justice undergrad program and the MA for Social Justice and Community Engagement, as well as the undergrad program in Human Rights and Human Diversity.

Stephen Spong

Stephen is the Director of the John and Dotsa Bitove Law Library and Copyright Officer at Western University, where he started in 2019. Previously, he has worked in both Canada and the United States in a variety of roles related to both copyright and law librarianship. He holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters in Information from the University of Toronto. You can find him on Twitter @stephenspong.