Annual Conference Programming

Social Sciences & Humanities Community Programs at the SLA 2020 Virtual Annual Conference

The Social Sciences & Humanities Community is proud to present the following sessions at the upcoming 2020 virtual SLA Annual Conference. Access to pre-recorded sessions starts October 5, 2020. Recorded sessions include:

Social Justice in Charlotte: Health Inequality (co-sponsored w/ DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity) Community & Biomedical & Life Sciences Community)

North Carolina ranks 37th in the nation in overall health status with a high prevalence of food insecurity and frequent mental distress. In multiple areas, 35% to 94% of the population is on Medicaid, and yet it is one of only 14 states that has not expanded the program to include additional struggling families and individuals. In addition, there are stark health disparities along racial and economic lines in Mecklenburg County, where Charlotte is located. What efforts are being made to improve the health of the North Carolina population? How are information professionals involved in these efforts? Hear from Benjamin Money, Deputy Secretary for Health Services at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as well as Joan Colburn, Director of Library Science at Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). The nine centers that make up the North Carolina AHEC Program provide educational activities and services for healthcare workers with a focus on helping those in communities that have difficulty accessing resources. The New Source for Vital Data on Your Community

This past year, the U.S. Census Bureau retired the long-standing American FactFinder site and formally launched, the new portal to access Census data. This new site is the go-to resource for data from the 2018 American Community Survey, 2017 Economic Census, and the 2020 Census. In this session, participants will learn how to access tables, maps, and profiles using multiple search methods. We will also share tips and tricks and demonstrate how to download data, customize your table view, and share your results.

Surviving the Challenge: Project Management Tools and Techniques to Select Your Next Big System

Evaluating library technologies can feel overwhelming. Open source or proprietary? Cloud-hosted or local installation? Which vendor to choose, when they all say they're the best? This session will help reduce that anxiety by showing you project management techniques for evaluating and selecting library technologies and the vendors who support them. You'll learn how to break large projects into smaller chunks, focus on documentation to reduce miscommunication and missteps, and hold both vendors and team members accountable for deliverables. In the end, whether you're selecting a tool for your repository, catalog, finding aids, digital preservation, or exhibits, you'll make sure that your needs, and those of your users, are being met.

Data for Civic Good: How Libraries and Local Governments Are Working Together to Make Community Data More Accessible

Civic Switchboard is an IMLS-funded initiative that aims to develop the capacity of academic and public libraries to help individuals discover and analyze data about their local communities. The program was founded on the belief that libraries are key actors in civic open data ecosystems. Libraries serve as repositories of data, offer workshops and resources to help users manipulate data, and host community programs where individuals often discuss issues that affect their local neighborhoods. This session will explore two data initiatives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Houston, Texas, that were funded through the Civic Switchboard Field Project Awards in 2019. In Charlotte, a cross-sector collaborative has built an open data platform to better understand systemic barriers to equity and opportunity in the region and develop solutions toward improved outcomes for area residents. In Houston, a partnership between the Fondren Library and Kinder Institute at Rice University is conducting data literacy training for nonprofit organizations to help them better serve their communities.

Live Sessions (sponsoring and co-sponsoring):

Fundraising 101: Where's the Money? Raising Funds for Special Projects and Initiatives (co-sponsored w/ Business & Finance Community)

Thursday 15 Oct 11:00 AM PST/ 2:00 PM EST

As libraries and archives are partnering more and more with community institutions on innovative programs and services, how do you find the resources to fund new initiatives? Learn from fundraising experts on how to identify sources of private funding, build lasting partnerships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors, and make your case for support. This session provides an overview of sources of private funding for libraries and information centers and offers tips and techniques for approaching potential funders.

Not Just for BizRef Experts! Business Research Tips and Tricks for All (co-sponsored w/ Business & Finance Community and Competitive Intelligence Community)

Thursday 15 Oct 11:15 AM PST/ 2:15 PM EST

Regardless of the type of library setting you work in, business research questions are bound to pop up. This session will present strategies for facing tough business research questions head-on, whether you consider yourself a seasoned BizRef pro or only an occasional or even accidental business researcher. You'll be reminded of some of the reference skills you already have and how you can leverage them to tackle topics like finding private company information, researching small, niche industries and uncovering elusive consumer data. Whether you deal with business-related questions infrequently or on a regular basis, there's always something new to discover when it comes to business research so join us and come away from this session with some new (and some free!) resources to add to your collection as well as new strategies for improving your business reference skill set.

Social Sciences and Humanities Community Roundtables

Friday 16 Oct  10:15 AM PST/ 1:15 PM EST

Get to know the Social Sciences & Humanities Community and its various sections by joining in our roundtable discussions. Network with your DSSH peers and catch up on what's new in the field. We'll have questions to get the conversation started, but the session will also include time for open-ended discussion. This session will be held live in Zoom. To register in advance and/or join live at