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Saturday, June 17 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Soul of a Public Library

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In early 2017, five librarians were terminated from a toxic workplace and began to speak out after years of resistance to policies and misinformation we believed had a negative impact on our community. We will share our struggle to support each other, to transform working conditions for the remaining staff, and to organize locally for a new library governance structure. Join us to explore the timeline of our resistance and develop strategies for surviving and resisting a culture of fear at work.


Kristy Cooper

Public Librarian, Community Organizer, Library Activist
Kristy Cooper is an experienced public librarian. She has also worked in non-profits and has an MBA in Non-Profit Management. She has presented and published articles about starting adult literacy programs in public libraries. She also writes young adult novels.

Katie Dover-Taylor

Public Librarian
Katie Dover-Taylor was a co-coordinator of the Radical Librarianship tracks at AMC2015 and AMC2016. She is a public librarian specializing in digital literacy, a member of the Public Library Association’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, and coauthor of a chapter in th... Read More →
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Andrea Perez

Public Librarian, MSW Student, Wayne State University School of Social Work
Andrea Perez was a co-coordinator of the Radical Librarianship tracks at AMC2015 and AMC2016. She is currently studying to become a social worker.
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Alexis Tharp

Public Librarian
Alexis Tharp is a public librarian, a former graphic designer, and a freelance book editor.

Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 114