WORKSHOP – Civic Transformation: Practical Steps Towards Authentic, Inclusive Library Activism

17 Mar 2020
16:00 - 17:30
Burroughs room

WORKSHOP – Civic Transformation: Practical Steps Towards Authentic, Inclusive Library Activism

From bake sales to strikes, clicktivism to craftivism – this workshop will look at how we can use our own personal experiences of activism to enrich our services in meaningful, practical ways.

This session is an opportunity for established and emerging leaders to reflect on their own Civic participation, as part of Cardiff University Libraries’ Civic Engagement Strategy.

Through a series of interactive exercises, participants will be invited to collaborate and draw out specific, practical steps that we, as a cohort of experts (and sometime activists) can take to create meaningful social change.

The session will focus on:

  • Our personal experiences of activism: How much of our personal civic activism do we bring to our professional lives? As a cohort, what issues actually matter to us?
  • A closer look at ‘Making a difference’: As we move away from the ‘top down’ model of Victorian academic philanthropy, what values and motivations can we draw from our own lives as civically engaged citizens?
  • Workforce skills: does our workforce have the skills, knowledge and connections to address these issues in a meaningful, useful way?
  • Alternative Activism: What alternative modes of activism can we learn from and employ, in order to better deliver/enable social change?