2014 Program description and flyer

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Program Description

Joint Program of the Literatures in English Section (ACRL), Slavic and East European Section (ACRL)and the Western European Studies Section

With the generous support of Aux Amateurs de Livres International/Librairie Internationale Touzot

In Europe and the Americas ethnic groups consciously maintain a sense of cultural community when living within or dispersed among other, larger communities. These efforts include a desire to preserve their own languages, literatures and artistic traditions, cultural heritage, social identities, and often political autonomy. What strategies do they use, tangible and intangible? What challenges do libraries and librarians face seeking to collect and preserve the language, literature, and cultural heritage of these cultures? This panel will focus on Basque, Romani, and Native American cultures as examples of embedded communities; we will examine the issues they face from artistic and scholarly perspectives and then address how librarians can build collections and serve their needs.

Read the Flyer here!

Program Date/Time & Location

WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 1:00-2:30 pm

WHERE: Las Vegas Convention Center, room S232


Oksana Marafioti

BMI-Kluge Fellow, Black Mountain Institute
Author of American Gypsy: A Memoir (2012)

Pedro J. Oiarzabal

Universidad de Deusto, Instituto de Derechos Humanos Pedro Arrupe
Author of The Basque diaspora webscape : identity, nation, and homeland, 1990s-2010s (2013)

Loriene Roy

Professor, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin
ALA President, 2007-2008
Co-edited with Antonia Frydman, Library services to indigenous populations: case studies (2013)

Moderator, Maira Bundza

Associate Professor of University Libraries, Western Michigan University


Bibliography (pdf)

Includes works by panelists; resources on libraries and embedded communities, Romani communities and culture, Native American communities and culture, and Basque communities and culture.

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For more information on the program, contact Brian Vetruba or David Oberhelman


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