Webinar Description:

The rise of censorship attempts in libraries impacts more than just the patrons. Librarians are at the forefront and can experience trauma at all levels of the censorship battle. In this webinar, we’ll cover:

  • What is censorship? Definitions, types, challenges, and examples
  • What is trauma?
  • When censorship meets trauma – introducing the ULU library trauma cycle and additions in the book challenges context.
  • Open the floor up to idea sharing, experience sharing, and Q&A

About the Presenters:

Jieun Yeon is a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool). She is interested in studying public library governance, which refers to decentralized modes of governing to solve social problems through decision-making, agenda-setting, policy-making, implementation of policy, and other activities. She is currently focusing on controversies over material challenges in U.S. public libraries to understand power dynamics among participants of public library governance. She holds an M.A. in Library and Information Science from Yonsei University, South Korea. She worked as a reference librarian at Seoul National University Library before joining the doctoral program.

Leah T Dudak is a former librarian and current Ph.D. student at Syracuse University’s Information School. Dudak’s research looks at public libraries and the trauma that library staff encounter giving attention to supporting library workers, systemic issues contributing to trauma, trauma-informed care, and librarianship. She also pays attention to the embodied and gendered experience of library work. For methods, Dudak pulls on feminist qualitative methods, adding in art as method and knowledge making. She views her work situated in feminist, disability, and artistic lenses. She holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois.

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