As we move into a new semester, I thought it appropriate to acknowledge a significant success from this past summer…

The Ohio State University Libraries was pleased to host IDEAL ’19  at the Ohio Union on August 6-7, where over 650 colleagues from across the United States and Canada came together to discuss inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in libraries and archives.

The conference began with a land acknowledgement by Shannon Gonzales Miller and a warm welcome from Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron. A stirring opening keynote by Kimberle Crenshaw framed many of the topics to be presented in conference sessions through the lens of intersectionality – talks ranging from “Talk About It and Be About It: Building a Self-Sustaining Network of Active Bystanders” and “Is Your Outreach Plan Inclusive? Creating A Marketing Strategy to Benefit All” to “1,000,001 Unwritten Rules for Being a Librarian of Color” and “LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Community Engagement,” just to name a few. The highly successful conference concluded with closing keynote speaker, Nikole Hannah-Jones, who provided a powerful lesson on the slavery-based roots of racism and inequity in the United States and encouraged participants to think of black people as a solution to societal problems rather than a cause. For two days colleagues came together in Columbus to actively engage in difficult conversations, skill enhancement, and community building.

During and after the event conference volunteers and organizers received countless expressions of gratitude from participants. In particular attendees expressed appreciation for how well the conference was organized, how visible and proactively helpful volunteers were, the efforts organizers took to make the event as inclusive and welcoming as possible, and let’s not forget the unbelievable dessert room at the conference reception!

It takes a lot of dedication and effort to successfully pull off an event like IDEAL ’19. So, please join me in thanking the folks that made it happen. There’s a lot of them!

Quanetta Batts, Program Committee Co-chair, Ohio State
Jennifer Vinopal, Program Committee Co-chair, Ohio State
Christina Adams, Ohio State
George Perkins Anene, Ohio State
Tyler Alfredo, Ohio State
Ariel Bacon, Ohio State
Sue Beck, Ohio State
Leigh Bonds, Ohio State
Jolie Braun, Ohio State
Amy Bulgrein, Association of Research Libraries
Hilary Bussell, Ohio State
Theresa Cavin, Ohio State
Judith Cerqua, Ohio State
Kay Clopton, Ohio State
Nancy Colvin, Ohio State
Alyssa Cruz, Ohio State
Allison DeVito, Ohio State
Sandra Enimil, Ohio State
Ash Faulkner, Ohio State
Amanda Folk, Ohio State
Jane Hammons, Ohio State
Aaron Heil, Ohio State
Leta Hendricks, Ohio State
Anson Hiew, Ohio State
David Holbrook, Ohio State
Madeline Hull, Ohio State
Ana Maria Jimenez-Moreno, Ohio State University Press
Emily Johnson, Ohio State
Moon Kim, Ohio State
Annamarie Klose Hrubes, Ohio State
Brent Lewis, Ohio State
Meris Longmeier, Ohio State
Federico Martínez-García Jr., University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Cheryl Mason-Middleton, Ohio State
Bruce Massis, Columbus State Community College
Pam McClung, Ohio State
Caitlin McGurk, Ohio State
Christina Moore, Ohio State
Shannon Niemeyer, Ohio State
Christine O’Connell, Ohio State
Angela Pappalardo, Association of Research Libraries
Alicia Perkins, Ohio State
Elaine Pritchard, Ohio State
Cate Putirskis, Ohio State
Wendy Ramsey, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Rachel Rubin, University of Pittsburgh
Joshua Sadvari, Ohio State
Pat Schell, Ohio State
Rachel Schreier, Ohio State
Sanghee Seo, Ohio State
Julie Beroukas-Snyder, Ohio State
Eliza Starr, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Mira Swearer, Association of Research Libraries
Djorgi Sunoto, Ohio State
Kapil Vasudev, Ohio State
Shaunda Vasudev, Capital University
Susan Vega Garcia, Iowa State University
Wendy Wei, Ohio State

Needless to say an event like IDEAL ’19 requires substantial financial and infrastructure support. So, join me in thanking all of the IDEAL ’19 sponsors and our colleagues at the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries, both of which served as official co-hosts and sponsors. This broad support from the library community helped fund a hugely successful event and provided over 50 scholarships for participants who otherwise would not have had the financial resources to attend.

To learn more about IDEAL ’19, please check out the conference website, where you can find information about conference sessions, presentations, handouts, and more.

Damon E. Jaggars
Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries

Enjoy these photos from IDEAL ’19!


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