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The Social Responsibilities Round Table works to make ALA more democratic and to establish progressive priorities not only for the Association, but also for the entire profession. Concern for human and economic rights was an important element in the founding of SRRT and remains an urgent concern today. SRRT believes that libraries and librarians must recognize and help solve social problems and inequities in order to carry out their mandate to work for the common good and bolster democracy.

Learn more about SRRT on the ALA website.

2024 Kenya S. Flash Virtual Lecture Series

  • 1.  2024 Kenya S. Flash Virtual Lecture Series

    Posted Jun 03, 2024 10:46 AM
    Edited by Robbie Sittel Jun 04, 2024 08:19 AM
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    Please make plans to attend the 2024 Kenya S. Flash Lecture Series in Librarianship on Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  Register here:


    This year's lecture features a round table discussion celebrating Kenya's life and work with friends.  In this round table discussion, Kenya's friends and collaborators share how they continue carrying Kenya's values, work, and legacy in the field. This round table discussion will center on how we celebrate our dignity, restore work/life boundaries and balance, and to know your own sense of worth in the field.  

    Round table speakers are Camille Chesley, Twanna Hodge, Ray Pun, and Jamia Williams (bios included below).

    The Kenya S. Flash Virtual Lecture Series in Librarianship honors and celebrates our colleague Kenya Siana Flash, her work, mission, and excellence in librarianship.  Kenya was the Librarian for Political Science, Global Information, and Government Information at Yale University from 2017 until her untimely death in December 2021. This Lecture Series is co-sponsored by ACRL Politics, Policy and International Relations Section (PPIRS) and ALA Government Documents Round Table (GODORT). Kenya was an active member of both organizations.

    Round Table Speakers

    Camille Chesley is Head of Reference & Research Services at the University at Albany Libraries. She received her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. Her research interests include gamification in instruction, assessment of research services, and equity, diversity, and inclusion in Library and Information Science, particularly the recruitment and retention of librarians from minoritized populations. Her current research project focuses on reimbursement culture in academia.

    Twanna Hodge is a second-year Ph.D. student in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a BA in Humanities from the University of the Virgin Islands and a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. Her research includes mental health literacy; mental health information behavior of Afro-Caribbean immigrants; cultural humility in LIS education and librarianship; Afro-Caribbean immigrants' ethnic identity formation and experiences in GLAM; Afro-Caribbean students' and professionals' experiences in LIS; and the retention of Black students in LIS programs. She is a 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar and a 2022 ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellow.

     Raymond Pun (he/him) is the academic and research librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education, a teacher residency program in California, where he supports library services by engaging with residents and teacher educators. Ray holds a Doctorate in Education from Fresno State, a Master of Library Science from the City University of New York - Queens College, a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. John's University. Pun is Past President of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA).

    Jamia Williams (she/her) is the Consumer Health Program Specialist with the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Training Office. She earned her Bachelor of Science in History from the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport and earned her Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. Williams is the co-creator and co-host of the podcast LibVoices, which amplifies the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who work in archives and libraries. Jamia founded The Diversity Fellow's blog to document her journey as a Black librarian.

    Robbie Sittel
    Library Manager