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  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021
  • 8:30am – 3:15pm
  • TBD

This year's Minitex Technical Services Symposium theme is Good Trouble: Activism and Ethics in Technical Services. It will take place virtually on November 9, 2021.

Late Congressman John Lewis encouraged us to get into “good trouble” - making waves and causing disruptions in the name of progress. How does that show up in our work in technical services? Join colleagues to hear from some of the people on the front lines of technical services activism and learn about more ways to get involved. 

Call for Proposals

Share your experiences and best practices supporting and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in Technical Services! Have you found ordinary or extraordinary ways of reflecting and championing your diverse community and colleagues in your work? How do you bring an anti-bias approach to your work? We welcome proposals on complete projects as well as works in progress and emerging ideas.

  • Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Reparations in Technical Services
  • Accessibility considerations
  • Anti-racist cataloging
  • Inclusion and retention of diverse perspectives
  • Knowledge equity
  • Or more!

The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, September 24th. Session length is 45 minutes and the format could include single or multiple speakers, panel discussions, or other formats.  

 Proposals will be reviewed by the Minitex Technical Services Symposium Committee. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions. 

Program and Speakers

Beth Shoemaker is the Rare Book Librarian at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archive & Rare Book Library in Atlanta. Her work includes cataloging, collection development, teaching and curating exhibits in the Emory Libraries. Her research interests include how practicing catalogers approach ethics in the workplace. Since its formation in 2018, she has been co-chair of the Cataloging Ethics Steering Committee, which released a final draft of the Cataloguing Code of Ethics in January 2021. Beth is a graduate of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

The murder of George Floyd sparked a massive uprising in the Twin Cities, and from that anguish bloomed hundreds of art pieces around the city. After finding solace in this newly born art, Kenda Zellner-Smith quickly felt panic as she watched these pieces vanish almost as quickly as they came. With no background in organizing or art preservation, Kenda sprung into action, enlisting the help of friends and volunteers to call local businesses and roam the city, collecting the boards before they were discarded and storing them in her parent's garage.

Additional program and registration information will be coming soon! Contact the planning committee with any questions at

Planning Committee

  • Lizzy Baus, Macalester College (Chair)
  • kalan Knudson Davis, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Sarah Ethier, Scott County Library
  • Keri Ostby, Rochester Public Library
  • Sara Ring, Minitex 

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Staff contact
Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian