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Monday, March 9 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Opening Keynote: Libraries and the Practice of Freedom in the Age of Algorithms

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How prepared are librarians, and the students they serve, to navigate technologies that are fundamentally changing how we encounter, evaluate, and create information? In the past decade, a handful of platforms have become powerful information intermediaries that help us search and connect but also are tools to foment disinformation, amplify hate, increase polarization, and compile details of our lives as raw material for persuasion and control. We no longer have to seek information; it seeks us. Project Information Literacy has revealed college students’ lived experience through a series of large-scale research studies. To cap a decade of findings, we conducted a qualitative study that asked students, and faculty who teach them, what they know and how they learn about our current information environment. This talk explores what students have taught us, where education falls short, why it matters, and how time-tested library values – privacy, equity, social responsibility, and education for democracy – can provide a blueprint for creating a socio-technical infrastructure that is more just and equitable in the age of algorithms.

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Barbara Fister

Scholar-in-Residence, Project Information Literacy
Barbara Fister was chosen to serve as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at Project Information Literacy, a national research institute that studies college students' research habits. She was a co-researcher on PIL's latest year-long study and subsequent report, "Information Lite... Read More →

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Danielle Sell

Meeting & Event Planner, ER&L
Danielle Sell, Event Planner for ER&L, is responsible for all aspects of conference organization and implementation for the full conference cycle. Danielle joined the ER&L team in the summer of 2015. She's worked in multiple facets of the meetings and events industry for the past... Read More →

Monday March 9, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Salon C