Fatness and libraries: Amplifying the Voices of Fat Librarians in DEIA work, A Region 6 Spotlight Speaker
Class Experience Level
Beginner, Intermediate

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As both popular and scholarly discussions of weight discrimination, fat representation, and anti-fatness gain momentum, library and information professionals must be prepared to participate in and lead conversations about fatness and our work. This presentation will report on findings from nearly twenty hours of interviews with public-facing librarians, including those from public, school, academic, and special libraries, who shared their wide-ranging experiences navigating the profession in fat bodies. In reflecting on the experiences of these librarians, participants will be asked to consider the extent to which the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) efforts currently underway at their own institutions, as well as in the profession more broadly, incorporate fat voices and meaningfully address anti-fatness.

Guest Speaker: Meg Galasso is the Information Services Librarian & Archivist at Indiana University Kokomo. In this role, she works with members of the campus community to ask and pursue answers to new and interesting questions. Her current research examines the intersection of fatness and librarianship. Galasso has previously presented at ER&L and ACRL conferences, as well as published in Reference Services Review.

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By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of including fatness in DEIA work in libraries
  • Reflect upon the experiences of public-facing librarians in fat bodies to inform more just and inclusive library practices and services.

This webinar aligns with the objective of NNLM to enhance health equity by exploring the impact of anti-fatness on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Recognizing the significance of this aspect is crucial for fostering cultural humility in providing information services.

The webinar recording will be available on our YouTube channel about a week after the live event. Everyone who registers will receive an email with a link. 

Class Recording

Class Details

Date(s): October 19, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 1.00
Class Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate
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Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: Bobbi L. Newman
Technical Assistance: Miles Dietz-Castel

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