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‘Social Entrepreneurship in Action’ at UNCG

Photo from the third biennial conferenceThe third biennial Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians, at UNCG in May, focused on “Social Entrepreneurship in Action.” It once again drew an international group of participants.

The presentations and keynotes explored the role libraries play in increasing educational opportunities for underserved populations, advocating for new models of publishing and disseminating research, and finding sustainable solutions for their communities.

From UNCG, Mike Crumpton (University Libraries) co-presented on “Defining Community Engagement for the Social Entrepreneur,” outlining the growing role for librarians in supporting campus service learning initiatives. Clara Chu, chair of Library and Information Studies, headed “Igniting Change: Transforming Practice through Dialogue with Diverse Library and Information Professionals.” During this session, Chu and several members of the second cohort of Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars (recent UNCG MLIS graduates) facilitated a discussion on diversity issues that impact equity and inclusivity in the library and information field and services. Chu was also joined by fellow faculty member Nora Bird and Fatih Oguz on the panel “Preserving Refugee Cultural Heritage: Taking Community and Culture Into Account.”

The conference originally grew out of a partnership between Lynn Sutton, the dean of Wake Forest’s library and Rosann Bazirjian, dean of UNCG’s University Libraries, as a way to foster entrepreneurship within libraries.

This year’s conference was chaired by UNCG’s associate dean of the University Libraries, Kathy Crowe, and Wake Forest’s Mary Beth Lock.

For more information about the conference and links to the presentations, see http://entrelib.org/conferences/2013-conference/scheduled-presenters/.

Photograph by Stephen Catlett