Virtual International Connections: The Global Librarian Exchange Program
Date: November 22, 2021
Time: 1 pm PST, 2 pm MST, 3 pm CST, 4 pm EST
Description: The Global Librarian Exchange Program, a Michigan State University Libraries microgrant initiative, is a virtual symposium which promotes professional exchange between academic librarians from abroad or from underrepresented communities and MSU librarians or staff. The goal of the GLEP is to enhance the exchange of ideas, expertise, and skills among librarians internationally and between communities, through mutual dialogue by a series of presentations and conversations.
Join us to learn about the benefits and challenges of the first iteration of the program, which was set to be in person, but had to be quickly redesigned to a virtual environment due to COVID-19 and was held from January-June 2021. This presentation will discuss the conceptualization of GLEP through the planning and implementation process, including recruitment and liaising with international colleagues, designing, and executing a speaker series with topics germane to global librarianship, while traversing international time zones and academic calendars, and will conclude with plans for future iterations of the program.
Andrea McMillan is the Chicanx and Latinx Studies Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. Her work focuses on curating the César Chávez browsing collection, the Stephan O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Latino Collection, and the José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism archival collection. She is Core Faculty in the Chicano & Latino Studies Program and serves as the faculty representative for the Chicanx/Latinx Association (ChiLA) of MSU.
Erik Ponder is the African and US Ethnic Studies Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. His area of interests are southern African contemporary politics, history, and popular culture. He has traveled extensively throughout the African continent. In 1994, he was an international election observer for the historic democratic elections in South Africa. He has collected ephemera from Africa in response to the Obama presidency. More recently, he has collected Black Lives Matter protest posters in Washington DC. Erik has also worked extensively in the Digital Humanities combining his interests in Africa and digital scholarship.