events :: eventos

Fall 2022 :: Otoño de 2022

Libraries and Crisis and More :: Bibliotecas y Crisis y Más

is required once and will work for all subsequent minitalks

Libraries are with the rest of us coping with CRISIS.  Intellectual production itself is under attack, but fighting back.  The continuing and expensive shift to the digital.  Right wing attacks on books, programs, staff, and instititions.  Funding shortfalls.  Social and economic polarization and dislocations.  Heightening racism.  A continuing pandemic.  Climate change.  And war in many places in the world.  How do we as librarians and libraries go forward?

This semester our talks are in English and on Saturdays, from 11:30 to noon U.S. Central Time.  Please check back as the schedule fills up and completed talks are posted.


se requiere una vez y funcionará para todos los minitalks subsiguientes

Las bibliotecas están con el resto de nosotros lidiando con CRISIS. La producción intelectual misma está bajo ataque, pero contraataca. El continuo y costoso cambio a lo digital. Ataques de la derecha a las colecciones de libros. Déficit de financiación. Polarización y dislocaciones sociales y económicas. Aumento del racismo. Una pandemia continua. Cambio climático. Y la guerra en muchos lugares del mundo. ¿Cómo avanzamos nosotros como bibliotecarios y bibliotecas? (disculpas — traducción automática)

Este semestre nuestras charlas son en inglés, los sábados, de 11:30 a 12:00 hora central de EE.UU. Vuelva a consultar a medida que se llene el cronograma y se publiquen las charlas completas.

C’est super!  Nous avons appris qu’il y a un autre minitalks — et ils sont en français. Appelé BIBLIOGRILL:
It’s wonderful!  We have learned that there is another minitalks — and they’re in French.  Called BIBLIOGRILL:
Bonjour y bienvenue a les organizatrices :: Hello and welcome to the organizers!

Saturday, August 27, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Daylight Time
Noah Lenstra (PhD Illinois), Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “Putting Community First: A Crisis in Public Librarianship”  video  |  slides

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Daylight Time
Chris Bailey (MSLIS Illinois), UIUC Libraries, “Getting Started with Zotero, a Great FREE Bibliographic Tool”  video

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Daylight Time
Vuyokazi Jamieson, Head librarian at St Andrew’s College, Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa, “Elevating the literacy levels of South African Youth”   video  slides  |  Project 21

Saturday, September 24, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Daylight Time
Emily Drabinski, 2023-2024 ALA President, “Out of crisis, change: how ALA and you can change the world”  video  |  to volunteer in ALA, sign up by Sep 30 at 

Saturday, October 1, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Daylight Time
Ahmad Ali Shah, University Librarian, University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), on “Burushaski dialect: Its future and the role of libraries to preserve it”  video  |  slides  |  part of his language preservation project

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Daylight Time
Lauren Chambers (MSLIS Illinois), Programming and Outreach Manager at the Urbana Free Library, on “Out of crisis, a community mural: Why is it library work and what does it accomplish?”  video  |  slides

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Daylight Time
Karen Tyrell, Librarian, The University of the West Indies, Mona, on “How libraries are adapting to challenging times: A Jamaican Perspective”  video  |  slides

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Daylight Time
Halimah Shabazz (MSLIS Illinois), PhD student, University of Illinois iSchool, on “Pathblazing Black PhDs in Library and Information Science: Past and Present”  video  |  slides

Note different time
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 9-5 U.S. Central Daylight Time
This week our minitalks crew looks at Extreme Weather and Inequality, taking the discussion to a community deeply affected by both: Beaumont, Texas. Co-hosted by the Lamar University Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast.  See

Note different time
Saturday, November 12, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Standard Time
Carolyn Foote, until recently the technolibrarian at Westlake High School in Austin, TX, and district librarian for Eanes ISD, on “The Texas Freadom Fighters: What we (four school librarians) did”  video  |  slides  |  website

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Standard Time
Claudia Grisales Bohórquez, PhD student, University of Illinois iSchool, on “Community libraries and urban environmental struggles in Bogotá, Colombia”  video  |  slides

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 11:30-noon U.S. Central Standard Time
Guangchun Zheng, PhD student, University of Illinois iSchool, on “Bridging information and communication technology and older adults by social network”  video  |  slides

Fall 2021 :: Otoño de 2021

Este semestre tendremos un panel en español sobre nuestra tema:
Lunes 8 de noviembre de 2021, 3:00-4:00 p.m. hora estándar central de EE.UU. Coanfitrión con el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe Acción
“Climática en bibliotecas y archivos: iniciativas latinoamericanas”
Lucia Abello Abello, botánica y coordinadora de la Biblioteca Pública Regional Los Ríos, Chile
Daniela Rodríguez Valerio, Proyecto EBCI-Verde, Facultad de Bibliotecología y Ciencias de la Información de la Universidad de Costa Rica
Video  |  Ponencia de Lucia  |  Ponencia de Daniela


This semester our minitalks are focussed on libraries and climate, apart from the first two talks that orient graduate students at the School of Information Sciences to the library and key research tools. Joining us in organizing this semester is iSchool masters student Patrick Depret-Guillaume. The format is the same: 15 min presentation + 15 minutes conversation = 30 minutes of learning.

Presentations will be on Zoom and then archived here. For the zoom link write to And contact us for readings if you would like to go further into these ideas.

Friday, August 27, 2021, 10:30-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time
Chris Bailey, UIUC Libraries, on Bibliographic Tools, Particularly Zotero

Friday, September 3, 2021, 10:30-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time
Chris Bailey, UIUC Libraries, on Using the UIUC Library & and Other Key Resources for Emerging Librarians

Friday, September 10, 2021, 10:30-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time
Mandy Henk, Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons, New Zealand, on Ecology—Economy—Equity
Video  |  Book  |  Book review

Friday, September 17, 2021, 10:30-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time
Dr. Feili Tu-Keefner, University of South Carolina, April Hobbs, Charleston County Public Library and Denise R. Lyons and J. Caroline Smith, South Carolina State Library, on Supporting Library Staff in Emergencies and Natural Disasters
Video  |  Poster

Friday, September 24, 2021, 10:30-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time
Dianne Connery, Pottsboro (TX) Public Library, on Navigating the Big Freeze of 2021
Video  |  Slides  |  Article

Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:30-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time
Donna Braquet, University of Tennessee Knoxville Libraries, on Local Public Library Responses to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina
Video  |  Slides  |  Article on Libraries and Katrina  |  Article on Libraries and Hurricane Gustav

Friday, October 8, 2021, 10:30-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, executive director of the Mid-Hudson Library System (NY) and founding board member of the ALA’s Sustainability Round Table, on Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries
Video  |  Slides  |  Website, books, articles

Friday, October 22, 2021, 10:30-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time
Gabrielle Griffis, Brewster Ladies’ Library (MA) on the Blue Marble Librarians
Video  |  Slides  |  Blue Marble Librarians’ website  |  Gabrielle’s website  |  And for a Cape Cod library storm response just days after Gabrielle’s talk, see this resilience hub in action

Friday, October 29, 2021, 10:30-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time
Eira Tansey, Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati Libraries, on U.S. Archives and Climate Change
Video  |  Slides  |  Interactive map of archives and climate from her talk

Note earlier start time
Friday, November 5, 2021, 10:10-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time
Martha Lerski, Leonard Leif Library CUNY Lehman College, on Intangible Cultural Heritage and Climate Preparedness
Lindsay Fuchs,
Plumas County (CA) Libraries, on Communities, Libraries, and Fire
Video  |  Martha’s slides  |  Lindsay’s slides
Bronx Environmental Summit  |  Martha’s MA thesis on the topic  |  Martha Lerski’s sculpture  |  Plumas County Libraries

Note different date and time
Monday, November 8, 2021, 3:00-4:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time
Co-hosted with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Climate Action in Libraries and Archives: Latin American Initiatives
A panel discussion with
Lucia Abello Abello, librarian and regional library coordinator for Los Ríos, Chile, part of the national Ministry of Culture, Arts and Patrimony, speaking on Public Libraries and Climate Change: Best Practices across Chile.
Daniela Rodríguez Valerio, professor in the University of Costa Rica School of Library and Information Science, speaking on Climate Change and Education from the Academy.
Presentations in Spanish will be interpreted into English.
Video (sorry, only the spanish channel was recorded; word to the wise: to record the interpreter, you must record while listening to that channel and record to your local computer, not the cloud)  |  Lucia’s slides  |  Daniela’s slides

Friday, November 12, 2021, 10:30-11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time
KANG Qi, Baotou Normal College, Inner Mongolia, China, on Is E-reading Environmentally More Sustainable than Conventional Reading?
Video  |  Kang Qi’s slides

Spring 2021 :: Primavera de 2021

Este semestre presentamos dos pistas de charlas, una en español y otra en inglés. Para obtener detalles sobre los en español, “Bibliotecas y sus comunidades: Aprendiendo y avanzando la paz desde los contextos de Colombia, Costa Rica y Perú,” consulte Minicharlas CLIA/CLIA minitalks 2020-21. Las charlas en inglés y algunas en español de semestres anteriores se enumeran a continuación.

This semester we are running two tracks of minitalks, one in Spanish, one in English. The Spanish track (Wednesdays at 10 am Illinois time) looks at libraries and their communities in Columbia, Costa Rica, and Peru. For further details on those in spanish, see minicharlas CLIA/CLIA minitalks 2020-21.  English language talks and some in Spanish from earlier semesters are listed below.

To join a live talk, send email to (english language talks, listed below). For spanish language talks, see the minicharlas page. Talks are also archived on this page (english) or at minicharlas (spanish).

After two very practical talks aimed at library students, the English language minitalks focus primarily on the how librarians and libraries have responded to the four wrenching and simultaneous crises of 2020 (and continuing) that we have all had to live through:

  • the covid-19 pandemic
  • sustained protests against an epidemic of police killings
  • exploding unemployment, poverty and homelessness; and
  • the crescendo of “fake news,” social polarization and loss of social trust

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 18:30-19:00 U.S. Central Standard Time
Chris Bailey, UIUC Libraries, on Practicalities: Using the UIUC Library & Resources for Emerging Librarians

Thursday, February 4, 2021, 18:30-19:00 U.S. Central Standard Time
Chris Bailey, UIUC Libraries, on Practicalities: The Bibliographic tool Zotero
Videorecording  |  Slides

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 18:30-19:00 U.S. Central Standard Time
Elaine Hicks, Tulane University Libraries, on The Librarian Reserve Corps and Infodemiology
Videorecording  |  Slides  |  Embedded video clip – to 12:40 or so  |  Libguide on infodemiology

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 18:30-19:00 U.S. Central Standard Time
Chris Prom, UIUC Libraries, on Library Services during the Pandemic: Temporary Prop or Bridge to the Future?

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 18:30-19:00 U.S. Central Standard Time
Kim Huntley, Eda Conte-Pitcher, and Emoke Gall, Toronto Public Library on The TPL’s Seniors Check-in Calling Service
Videorecording  |  Slides

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 18:30-19:00 U.S. Central Standard Time
Xu Qiang, Head of the Customer Service Department, Shanghai Library, on How the Shanghai Library Has Responded to Covid-19
Videorecording (slides only)  |  Audiorecording  |  Slides

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 18:30-19:00 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Carol Inskeep, Urbana Free Library, on Library Work and Library Patrons in the Crises of 2020
Videorecording  |  Library website

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 18:30-19:00 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Noah Lenstra, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, on Closing the Gap: Public Health and Public Libraries
Videorecording  |  Slides  |

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 18:30-19:00 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Wanda Brown, Director of Library Services for the C. G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina on Forward Together: Reorganizing the ALA
Videorecording  |  C. G. O’Kelly Library

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 18:30-19:00 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Mike Selby, Programs and Community Development Librarian at Cranbrook Public Library, British Columbia, and author of Freedom Libraries: The Untold Story of Libraries for African Americans in the South (2019)
Videorecording  |  About the book  |  Cranbrook Public Library

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 19:45-20:15 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Candise Branum, Library Director, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and author of “The Myth of Library Neutrality” (2008)
Videorecording  |  Myth of Library Neutrality  |  OCOM library

Fall 2020 :: Otoño de 2020

This semester’s minitalks were all in Spanish. For details, see minicharlas CLIA/CLIA minitalks 2020-21

Este semestre los minitalks eran todos en español. Para obtener detalles, consulte minicharlas CLIA/CLIA minitalks 2020-21

Fall 2018 :: Otoño de 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 18-18:30 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Charles Greenberg, Library Director, Wenzhou-Kean University Library, on SINO-foreign cooperation in Wenzhou and the role of the library.
His library newsletter  |  Recording  |  Slides

Wednesday, September 12, 18-18:30 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Andrew Bullen, UIUC MSLIS ’90, Coordinator of Information Technology, Illinois State Library, on permanent public access to born-digital state documents  |  Recording  |  Slides (16 MB)

Wednesday, September 19, 18-18:30 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Andrew Bullen, UIUC MSLIS ’90, Coordinator of Information Technology, Illinois State Library, on the Illinois Digital Archives  |  Recording Slides

Wednesday, September 26, 18-18:30 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Andrew Bullen, UIUC MSLIS ’90, Coordinator of Information Technology, Illinois State Library, on the Events of 1918
Pullman in the First World War: and the Masque of Illinois:  |  Recording  |  Slides

Wednesday, October 3, 18-18:30 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Chris Bailey, UI Libraries, giving an introduction to Zotero  |  Recording 

Wednesday, October 10, 18-18:30 U.S. Central Daylight Time
John Wilkin, UI Libraries, on plans for the library,,
Recording  |  Slides

Wednesday, October 17, 18-18:30 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Nancy Kim Phillips, UIUC MSLIS, Community Engagement Manager, Skokie Public Library, on the community informatics of a real life library  |  Recording (sound inaudible at times, apologies for the poor technology)  |  Slides

Wednesday, October 24, 18-18:30 U.S. Central Daylight Time
Noah Lenstra, UNC-Greensboro Department of Library and Information Studies, on the Let’s Move in Libraries project,
Recording  |  Slides

Miércoles, 31 de octubre, 09-09:30 Hora de verano central de EE.UU. [En español]
Edna Carolina Rubio Molina, Directora de Innovación Bibliotecaria, Grupo ConIngenio Internacional (Colombia), sobre Bibliotecólogos: ¿Podemos avanzar al tiempo con el mundo?
Grabación  |  Diapositivas

Miércoles, 14 de noviembre, 09-09:30 Hora estándar central de EE.UU. [En español]
Marcela Gil Calderón y Carlos Araya-Rivera, Universidad de Costa Rica, sobre la radio estudiantil como apoyo al currículum desde las bibliotecas y centros de recursos para el aprendizaje. Grabación  |  Diapositivas

Miércoles, 28 de noviembre, 09-09:30 Hora estándar central de EE.UU. [En español]
Claudia Virginia Becerra Márquez, Directora de la Biblioteca, Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano

Spring 2018 :: Primavera de 2018

Jueves 8 de febrero 2018, 9:30-10:00 am hora central de EE.UU.
Tu asociación bibliotecaria: ¿Qué esperas y qué haces por ella?
Ana María Talavera Ibarra, Profesora, Departamento de Humanidades – Sección Bibliotecología y Ciencias de la Información, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Decana 2017-2018 del Colegio de Bibliotecólogos del Perú; Directora del Comité Permanente de IFLA-LAC (Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Bibliotecarios y Bibliotecas. Sección para América Latina y El Caribe)

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 17:30-18:00 Central Standard Time
Veno Kauaria, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Namibia, speaking on Regional Libraries in Post Apartheid Namibia: supporting national development goals

Jueves, 22 de febrero de 2018, 9:30-10:00 am hora central de EE.UU.
Cada gota cuenta: El rescate de bibliotecas y archivos de Puerto Rico después del huracán María
Miriam Centeno, Coordinadora de Cuidado de Colecciones para la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Illinois. artículo de prensa Illinois, artículo en The News-Gazette, artículo en American Libraries
Grabación en dos partes – Uno  |  Dos

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 17:30-18:00 Central Standard Time
Miriam Centeno, Collections Care Coordinator for the University of Illinois Library, speaking on her experiences working on hurricane relief in Puerto Rico: “Every drop counts: The recovery of libraries and archives in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María.”
U of Illinois articleNews-Gazette articleAmerican Libraries article. This session is co-hosted by the international committee of the local student chapter of the American Library Association, co-chaired by Sharon Han and Katie Funderberg.

Jueves, 8 de marzo de 2018, 9:30-10:00 am hora central de EE.UU. [4:30-5:00 pm in Barcelona]
Mapa de ideas para la transformación de la IFLA
Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Presidenta, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions y Federación Española de Sociedades de Archivística, Biblioteconomía, Documentación y Museística); Ex-Directora de la Biblioteca Nacional de España.

Thursday, March 15, 2018; 17:30-18:00 Central Daylight Time
Rochelle Gutiérrez, Professor, Mathematics Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Latina/Latino Studies, University of Illinois College of Education, on facing down internet-amplified hate speech

Jueves, 29 de marzo de 2018: 9:30-10:00 am hora central de EE.UU. y Lima
Red de Bibliotecas Comunitarias – CEDRO: Trabajo en cooperación desde la sociedad civil
Liubenka Obrenovich, Coordinadora de Proyectos, Centro de Información y Educación para la Prevención del Abuso de Drogas (CEDRO), Bibliotecaria del Año 2015 por el Colegio de Bibliotecólogos del Perú

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 17:30-18:00 Central Daylight Time
Jim Neal, President, American Library Association, speaking on a new campaign for school libraries. Read his article kicking off the campaign. Note this event is on a Tuesday rather than our usual Thursday.

Jueves, 12 de abril de 2018, 9:30-10:00 am hora central de EE.UU. [8:30-9:00 am Costa Rica]
Promoción de estilos de vida saludable para adultos mayores desde las bibliotecas públicas
Marcela Gil Calderón, Profesora, Escuela de Bibliotecología y Ciencias de la Información, Universidad de Costa Rica.

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 17:30-18:00 Central Daylight Time
Qi Sun, UIUC MSLIS ’17, Librarian, Schwartzman College, Tsinghua University, speaking on starting an academic library.

Fall 2017 :: Otoño de 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Elizabeth MacLeod, Manager of Satellite Digitization Services, Internet Archive, Wilmington, NC, speaking on “The Community Webs project at the Internet Archive”

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, speaking on “Libraries for Peace: An Initiative to Build Peaceful and Sustainable Communities”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Don Krummel, Professor Emeritus, iSchool, speaking on “The Anatomy of Bibliography”

Thursday, September 21, 2017l
Rae-Anne Montague, UIUC PHD, Director of Grassroots Fundraising (Directora de Recaudación de Fondos “Grassroots”), presenta sobre el Proyecto Justicia Educativa/Education Justice Project (

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Karen Fisher, University of Washington, speaking on information and technology services to refugees based on her work in Syria.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Elizabeth Pierre-Louis Augustin, Program Director, Fokal, speaking on “A drop of water: 20 years of promoting libraries and reading in Haiti: hopes, setbacks and new perspectives”

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Beth St. Jean, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland College Park iSchool, speaking on her consumer health knowledge study/project HackHealth

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Ramón Masís Rojas, Profesor, Escuela de Bibliotecología y Ciencias de la Información, Universidad de Costa Rica, nos conversará acerca de “La acción social en Bibliotecología y Ciencias de la Información en la Universidad de Costa Rica: proyectos en marcha.”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Lynne Thomas, newly appointed Head, Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Illinois, on ideas and priorities for the RBML.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Mara Thacker, South Asian Studies Librarian and Global Popular Culture Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on “Developing a Global Popular Culture Collection in an Academic Library”

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
J.J. Jacobson, U of California Riverside, on working as a special librarian

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Luz Marina Quiroga, Associate Profesor/Profesora Titular, Programa de Bibliotecología y Ciencias de la Información, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, nos hablará acerca de “Necesidades de sistemas de información para apoyo a personas en situación de calle.”

Spring 2017 :: Primavera de 2017

January 19, 2017
Hailley Fargo, Penn State Library and iSchool alumna, on her Trump election libguide.,

February 2, 2017
Lucie Faulknor, Producer with Serendipity Films on the Free4All project., If you can, watch these short videos in advance:, password F4@2016, and

February 9, 2017
Bonnie Mak, iSchool faculty, on How to Publish a Cabinet.

February 23, 2017
Kate Williams, iSchool faculty, on Libraries and Communities in times of Digitization and Crisis.

March 2, 2017
Liz Hoiem, iSchool faculty, on The Literacy Practices of Child Laborers.

March 9, 2017
Kate McDowell, iSchool faculty, on Storytelling Thinking for Professionals.

March 16, 2017
Laurie Allen, U Penn Libraries, on #datarefuge.

March 30, 2017
Alistair Black, iSchool faculty, on Information Management in the Intelligence Branch of the British Army 1870-1914.

April 6, 2017
John Chrastka, EveryLibrary, on Political Campaigns for Libraries. and

April 13, 2017
Terry Weech, iSchool faculty, on ALA Accreditation of LIS Education.

April 20, 2017
Jodi Schneider, iSchool faculty, on Making Sense of Research Literature: Can We Improve Systematic Reviewing Methodologies?

April 27, 2017
Emily Knox, iSchool faculty, on Reading Practices and the Control of Information. About Emily: