On Friday, April 22, we invite you to join the Center for Research Libraries for its Diversity as Knowledge keynote — the first in a series of six virtual gatherings, offered bi-monthly. Organized by the International Collections and Content Group, the Diversity as Knowledge Series explores how centering diversity, inclusivity, and equity in research libraries has implications for enriching sources for knowing, the ways of knowing, and the quality of knowledge production itself. April's keynote — 'Expunging Bias: Re-Engineering the Knowledge Ecosystem' — will be delivered by Dr. Reggie Raju.
Dr. Raju is the Director (Research & Learning) at the University of Cape Town Libraries. He holds a PhD in Information Studies and is a National Research Foundation rated researcher with a focus on open access. He is currently a member of the Academic and Research Libraries Standing Committee of IFLA and was the co-convenor of its Library Publishing Special Interest Group. He is currently the chair of SPARC Africa and is driving the social justice agenda of open access for Africa. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.
Additional Diversity as Knowledge gatherings will take place virtually in June, August, October, and December 2022, and in February 2023. Each session will provide a forum for practitioners and scholars to reckon with the pasts, presents, and futures of library work across global, diasporic, national, and local contexts. Gatherings are open to all, regardless of institutional affiliation or membership status with the Center for Research Libraries.