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Toward Community-Centered Reference

  • 27 Mar 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom - the Zoom registration link will be provided upon registration in your confirmation email.
  • 2


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This members-only 120 minute webinar will feature educators Sofia Leung and Melissa J. Nelson.

When: March 27, 2023, 1:00 pm to 3 pm EST 

Where: Online. Instructions for online attendees will be sent upon registration

Cost: Free for members

Recording: This workshop will NOT be recorded

Registration: Now open! Please click the REGISTER button on the left side of the page. A minimum of 12 participants and a maximum of 40 online participants may register for this event. 

Space is limited to 40 participants. If you are unable to attend, please contact so your spot can be filled.  

About the instructors: 

Melissa J. Nelson (she/her) is a second-generation Jamaican Canadian archivist, writer, and educator who is based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work and research interests include the preservation of Black cultural heritage and ethics of care in the preservation of anti-Black archival materials. Melissa explores her interest in history and archives in her blog She has delivered the workshop, “Description and Access for Anti-Black Materials'' to several organizations including the Association of Canadian Archivists and Library and Archives Canada. Melissa is currently an Archivist for the Archives of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Carleton University and a Master of Information Studies from McGill University. 

Sofia Leung (she/her) is a first-generation Chinese American librarian, facilitator, and educator interested in building community among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in libraries and beyond. She was a founding editor at up//root: a we here publication. Sofia is the co-editor of Knowledge Justice: Disrupting Library and Information Studies Through Critical Race Theory (MIT Press) with Jorge López-McKnight. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her B.A. in English from Barnard College.

Please be advised that this event is governed by the AAO’s Code of Conduct and is subject to the AAO’s Cancellation Policy. Questions about the workshop can be directed to the Rachel at  

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