This webinar will explore information professionals' responsibilities towards ethical information use and behavior, particularly through an antiracist, anti-oppressive lens. As part of SLA's competencies include modeling ethical information behavior; teaching, influencing, and coaching others; contributing to organizational policies, procedures, and other initiatives; and assessing and auditing the organizational implementation of information ethics, SLA members have a specific duty to mitigate harm towards underrepresented communities. It is vitally important for all of us to understand the systems of oppression we are working within, especially as they relate to privacy and confidentiality, information security, intellectual property and copyright, and intellectual freedom.
Speaker: Sofia Leung (she/her) is a Chinese American librarian, facilitator, and educator working towards fulfilling the promise of social justice in libraries and higher education. She was most recently the Teaching and Learning Program Manager at the MIT Libraries. Sofia offers tailored workshops, trainings, consultations, coaching & collaborations that employ anti-racist, anti-oppressive frameworks. Her approach is holistic in nature and centers the context and audience needs. She strives to help mitigate some of the harm being inflicted on people with marginalized identities, recognizing that social justice is an ongoing project towards racial, economic, and social equity. Sofia is currently co-editing a book (with Jorge López-McKnight) on Critical Race Theory in Library and Information Studies to be published by the MIT Press in spring 2021. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Washington in Seattle.