Core Forum Webinar Series on Access & Equity

Core Webinar Series on Access & Equity 

Dates: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT


The Core Forum Webinar Series on Metadata & Collections is a three-part webinar series that highlights a variety of topics in access and equity. Originally part of the cancelled Core Forum, the presentations are geared toward library workers in access & equity positions. Core members and non-members are welcome to attend.  


Webinar Title: Acknowledging Student Labor in Libraries

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022                                                             

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm (CT)

Description: At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the authors used phenomenological research methods to conduct surveys and interviews of student workers at an academic library. We intend to present the full results of these surveys with transcripts from interviews with student workers in order to elevate the voices of student employees to build a more equitable and diverse workplace. We conclude with suggestions from student workers regarding ways to incorporate students in the decision making structure of the library as we move forward out of the pandemic.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

·       Summarize the benefit of incorporating student feedback into organizational decision making;

·       Name at least two methods to improve student worker experiences in the workplace; and

·       Evaluate their own workplace environment to identify areas of improvement for student workers.

Who Should Attend: Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.

Presenters: Alexis Juarez is a 2020 Arizona State University graduate with a degree in Urban Planning and minors in Global/Design Studies. She worked as a Student Ambassador for the ASU Library and now works for the Phoenix Public Library as a Library Assistant with the College Depot. She will be starting at the University of Arizona’s LIS master’s program in the fall.

Andrew Barber supervises library student workers at Arizona State University and is a recent MLIS graduate from the University of Arizona.

Michelle Ashley Gohr (they/she) is a First Year Experience Librarian with Arizona State University where she teaches information literacy to first year students and provides research assistance to students and faculty in women and gender studies, social justice/human rights, and other subject areas.

Webinar Title: Leadership and Management Best Practices for Leveraging Community Connections to Improve Access to Health Information

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022   

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm (CT)

Description: Service is at the heart of community outreach and engagement. “Community” can take many different forms, from the public to non-profit organizations and others. It takes special skill and knowledge to effectively build relationships and partnership with community organizations and individuals in order to serve them. It takes additional skill and knowledge to lead teams engaged in these activities. The experience of health science librarians can serve as an example of knowledge and skills needed in serving the community through outreach and engagement. The experience of health science libraries offers insight that leaders in any organization can learn from.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

·       Define leadership skills needed for person-centered community engagement in their own words

·       Explain processes and best practices for community engagement

·       Identify one or more areas in which they can implement person-centered leadership concepts into their community engagement work.

Who Should Attend: Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Martha Meacham is the Project Director of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) (, which is part of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Previously, Martha was the Associate Director of the NNLM New England Region (NNLM NER). She has also managed two VA Medical Center libraries, worked with Association of American Medical Colleges, and was involved with patient education at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Martha is passionate about and has done research in the areas of library advocacy, marketing, and leadership development. Martha has a B.S. in psychology and was a mental health counselor before going on to earn a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in History from Simmons College. Martha is currently a PhD candidate at Simmons University.

Tess Wilson, MLIS, MFA, is Program Manager of the Network of the National Library of Medicine's Training and Education Center, housed at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a librarian who loves talking loudly about digital literacy, equitable access, and citizen science. Most recently, she was a co-author of an ALA United for Libraries Action Planner and contributed a chapter to ACRL's forthcoming Data Literacy Cookbook.

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, is the Executive Director at the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Tony oversees the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the overall regional medical library program, office operations, and identifies regional opportunities, partnerships, and collaborations to support NLM priorities and NNLM initiatives.

Abby Mann spent over a decade as a professor of English before seeing the light and returning to UNC-CH for her MLIS. As a librarian, she can continue the foundational work she did in teaching information literacy at the general education level, but do so in ways that think about cross-campus initiatives and lifelong outcomes for learners. She is currently the Online Learning Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University, where she focuses on both creating online learning objects and helping faculty envision and design digital scholarship projects for pedagogical purposes.

Webinar Title: Re-Engaging Your Patrons and Community Post-Pandemic

Date:  Tuesday, April 12, 2022 

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm (CT)

Description: Engaging patrons and creating community awareness has always been challenging for libraries. That has deepened during the pandemic, and it is naïve to think that as the pandemic subsides library usage and attendance will return to normal without major efforts to encourage a return to the library. This session will explore how libraries can re-engage their communities and residents and provide interactive exercises to determine what actions will be needed to make libraries a key part of their residents lives again. The program will include an emphasis on assessing and building capacity for marketing and engagement activities.

Learning Outcomes: 

Attendees will learn about:

·       Assess their organizational capacity for engagement and marketing activities

·       Determine what marketing and planning tactics and tools are available to reach their patrons more efficiently and effectively

·        Identify key actions and activities to reengage and communicate with their entire community post-pandemic.

Who Should Attend: 

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.

Presenters:  Janet Nelson is currently a Principal and Senior Consultant with ReThinking Libraries, a national library consulting firm working primarily with public libraries in the areas of Strategic Planning, Facility Planning and Marketing Planning. She co-founded the organization with Rob Cullin in 2020. Janet has over 20 years of experience in the education market, 17 of those years with Demco, Inc. Her responsibilities at Demco included developing marketing strategy for library design services, creating quality content to educate librarians, and engaging with industry partners and library leaders/staff to better understand and create dialog around the needs of libraries. Her focus has always been directed toward helping librarians better serve their communities. Specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, marketing strategy, research and development and space planning.

Rob Cullin, Managing Principal of ReThinking Libraries, has been serving libraries with unique solutions for over 19 years. Initially, he co-founded Evanced Solutions, LLC (later acquired by Demco, Inc.) providing him with exposure to thousands of libraries across the USA, Canada, and Australia. In 2004, he helped launch the library consulting firm, Kimberly Bolan & Associates, and has been involved in hundreds of KBA’s strategic planning and facility planning projects. This experience led to launching the ReThinking Libraries consulting firm in 2020. With a broad set of experiences reaching beyond libraries, Rob has direct specialties in strategic planning, community engagement, complex data and demographic analysis, marketing, service and organizational design. He was also a Library Journal recognized “Mover & Shaker” in 2008.

Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 


If you have a question or need to make arrangements for special assistance or additional accessibility, please contact Tom Ferren (