Fostering Dialogue: Communication Strategies for Challenging Topics

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Recent events in the field of librarianship as well as in broader American society have prompted lots of conversations around race and identity. For many, these are difficult discussions. In light of these issues, how can we learn to listen openly and speak authentically within our organizations and our communities? This webinar will introduce attendees to key terms and concepts to help frame constructive conversations and explore potential ways to address complex issues. Presenters Ione Damasco (University of Dayton) and Dracine Hodges (Duke University) will share their research and experience, as well as lead an interactive discussion of case study examples.

Attendees to this webinar will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore important definitions and concepts related to identity, experience, and perspective
  • Learn about inclusive communication models and frameworks
  • Review sample scenarios and discuss potential strategies



February 19th, 2020 2:30 PM   through   3:30 PM
Phone: 1-800-686-8975
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
OhioNET members $ 0.00
Non-members $ 45.00
Webinar Event
Webinar Key 3780334684388574221
Archived Webinar Link
Event Details
Presenter Name Ione Damasco (University of Dayton) & Dracine Hodges (Duke University)
Presenter Background

Ione T. Damasco, M.L.I.S., is a Professor and Acting Director of Information Acquisition & Organization at the University of Dayton. in her role, she provides leadership, guidance, and support for technical services work in the University Libraries. She is also the Chair of the University Libraries Diversity & Inclusion Team, which serves as a resource around diversity, equity, and inclusion endeavors across all areas and for every unit of the Libraries. Along with several faculty and staff from around campus, she is part of the Dialogue Zone Steering Committee, which is dedicated to programming and other initiatives around different forms of dialogue that take place in a new library space called the Dialogue Zone. Her most recent research has centered on race and diversity issues in librarianship, and potential uses of intergroup dialogue as a form of experiential learning focused on social justice outcomes in libraries.

Dracine Hodges is Associate University Librarian for Technical Services at Duke University Libraries. She provides administrative leadership for the resource management lifecycle which includes oversight of Conservation Services, Continuing Resource Acquisitions, Metadata & Discovery Strategy, Monograph Acquisitions, and Resource Description. Prior to joining Duke University Libraries, Dracine was a tenured Associate Professor and Head of the Acquisitions Department at The Ohio State University. She received her MLIS from Florida State University. Dracine has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles collections and diversity in academic libraries. She has been a member of the Advisory Board for the IMLS-funded Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. She is also an active member of the ALCTS division of the American Library Association where she currently serves as an elected Director-at-Large on the Executive Board.

Training Track Cultivating Connections
Who Should Attend Managers and team leaders, library staff members with responsibilities in outreach and programming, those that provide front-line service, or anyone with an interest in the topic.
CE Contact Hours 1

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