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Ageism, sexism, racism, able-ism, bullying, and microaggressions can be found in any workplace, and the archival profession is not immune. Many people come to the archives profession to work with historic collections and because they want to connect people with the past. While LIS programs can equip graduates with theory and practical skills for many aspects of the job, there is often little guidance for navigating the minefield of interpersonal dynamics within the workplace. Toxic work environments can create silo-ing within an organization, compromising the stewardship of collections, and driving people away from the field - causing a loss for our entire profession in diversity, perspective, and expertise.
Upon completion of this course, you will:
- Identify toxic workplace behavior, structures, and power dynamics that impact workplace relationships.
- Learn skills for self-preservation, documentation, and coping.
- Discover approaches for allyship, mediation, and conflict resolution
Who Should Attend:
Archivists, librarians, staff, managers who provide any type of information services.
What You Should Already Know:
No prior experience is necessary.
Michelle Ganz has been the Archives Director at McDonough Innovation since 2015. Previously, she was the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate, Tennessee. She holds multiple leadership positions within the Society of American Archivists and the Academy of Certified Archivists, including co-founding the Professional Writers Virtual Group, Accessibility & Disability Section, and Independent Archivists Section as well as being involved with creating and updating a number of professional standards.
Alison Stankrauff is the University Archivist at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Previously, she was the Archivist and Associate Librarian at Indiana University South Bend and Archival Resident at American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds multiple leadership positions within the Society of American Archivists and the Midwest Archives Conference, including co-founding the Professional Writers Virtual Group of SAA and serving as the Editor of the MAC Newsletter. She holds a Masters in Library Information Science with Archives Management Concentration from Wayne State University and a Bachelors in History from Antioch College.
Dr. Lydia Tang has been the Special Collections Archivist at Michigan State University since 2015. Previously, she was an archivist for the Music Division of the Library of Congress, the American Library Association Archives, and held multiple graduate assistant positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also earned a doctor of musical arts degree. She holds multiple leadership positions with the Society of American Archivists and ArchivesSpace, including co-founding the Archival Workers Emergency Fund, the Accessibility & Disability Section, and chairing the ArchivesSpace Users Advisory Council.
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Fees: Advance / Regular
SAA Members: $109
Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $159