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ALISE Webinar | Where are we now in LIS Education: Sexual and Gender Minority Privacy
Wednesday, April 05, 2023, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Category: Webinar

Where are we now in LIS Education: Sexual and Gender Minority Privacy

Presented By:

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, Assistant Professor, San Jose State University
Dr. Darra L. Hofman, Assistant Professor, San Jose State University

Moderated By:

Nora Bird, Associate Professor and Program Director, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Presentation Description:

Library professionals must deal with complex ethical challenges that implicate the rights and needs of countless different communities. While these challenges are often dealt with, at an institutional level, through policy, creating, implementing, and utilizing policy are all skills that require training. Through our research, we attempted to address this important question: "Are LIS programs preparing their students to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ patrons and stakeholders from a policy perspective in the workplace?" We utilized a research design that included a survey of LIS faculty, a content analysis of American Library Association-approved masters programs’ learning outcomes and syllabi, a document analysis of the privacy policies of a purposive sample of libraries from all segments of librarianship, and semi-structured interviews with library employers within the United States and Canada.

In this Webinar, we will provide an update on what we have found through this research relevant to the research question. In closing, we will offer details on the Research Grant program competition. This research was supported by the 2021-2022 Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Research grant.

Presenter Bios:

Michele Villagran

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is an accomplished educator, innovative speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, cultural intelligence, and diversity & inclusion expert with over 24+ years of experience in the public and private sectors. Dr. Villagran’s research focuses on diversity and social justice in library and information science and cultural intelligence phenomena within libraries.

Dr. Villagran earned her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with her dissertation focusing on cultural intelligence in 2015 with Pepperdine University. She also completed her Masters of Dispute Resolution and Certificate of Dispute Resolution with Pepperdine. At the University of North Texas, Dr. Villagran completed her M.L.S. degree in Legal Informatics and her M.B.A. in Strategic Management.

Dr. Villagran serves as CEO of CulturalCo, LLC consulting in areas of cultural competency, diversity & inclusion, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence. She is an advanced certified cultural intelligence and unconscious bias facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center, and Conflicts Dynamic Profile consultant. She is involved with numerous associations in the fields of library and information science, conflict management and leadership.


Darra HofmanDr. Darra Hofman is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator (Master of Archives and Records Administration) in the School of Information at San José State University, San José California, USA. Dr. Hofman received her Ph.D. in library, archival, and information science from The University of British Columbia in 2020. She completed her M.L.I.S. from the University of Kentucky and her J.D. and B.A. (honors) from Arizona State University.

Her research examines the intersection of archives, technology, and law, exploring how records support human rights and human thriving.


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Webinar:  April 5, 2023, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Complimentary for ALISE members, $50 for non-members.