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Registration Now Open for Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education to be Held November 8-9, 2012 at the University of Maryland


The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will host the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education on November 8-9, 2012, at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. This event is free and open to the public. Online registration is now available at:


The symposium will bring together information professionals and researchers to focus on preparing all LIS students to be ready to design and deliver inclusive services to diverse populations in the information age. Talks and panels will cover subjects such as the changing demographics of library patrons, designing academic programs for cultural competency, recruiting diverse student populations to MLS programs and funding opportunities for diversity-related academic programs.


Keynote speakers and special events include:


·         Herman Totten, Vice President, University and Community Affairs of the University of North Texas)

·         Jill Lewis, Past Director, Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

·         The Anne Scott MacLeod Lecture in Children’s Literature, presented by Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina

·         Presentation of the 2012 James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award


For additional information, please visit the Symposium website at, or e-mail LISDiversity [at]



Mary Carroll-Mason

Communications Coordinator

College of Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool

University of Maryland

4105J Hornbake Building

College Park, MD 20742

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(301) 405-1260

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