Welcome to CALM
The Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM) strives to fill a gap in the academic library professional development landscape by focusing on practical management skills and concrete practices. There is a significant focus in academic libraries on “leadership;” this conference is interested in the practical skills of management that impact the day-to-day work of departments and units within academic libraries.
We see the practice of management as a set of skills and dispositions developing over time through ongoing education, community sharing, and critical reflection. CALM offers a venue to collaborate with library managers across various academic institutions to imagine solutions to local problems.
We acknowledge that our profession has a varied history with diversity, equity, and inclusion. CALM seeks to be an inclusive and welcoming space which encourages diversity of ideas and thought. We invite participation from individuals of all ethnicities, countries of origin, gender identities and expressions, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, physical appearances, body sizes, economic backgrounds, scholarly or professional backgrounds, employment, and other differences.
This conference is for current middle managers, administrators, coordinators, and those that aspire to take on those roles. We will focus on person-centered management practices that aim toward creating more just and inclusive workplaces.
Our second annual conference will be held during the week of April 25, 2022.
The Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM) would like to acknowledge the Indigenous Peoples of the land we occupy. While we are meeting in a virtual environment for our 2022 conference, we acknowledge the importance of the land which we each call home. We do this to reaffirm our commitment and responsibility to improve relationships between nations and to improve our own understanding of local Indigenous Peoples and their cultures. We need to learn, protect, and honor the history and people of the places we each individually live in, and honor the lives of all who endured and continue to endure settler-colonial oppression and white supremacy. We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past and the present, and would like to recognize the professional positions we are in or aspire to, and their role in trying to move forward in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
We encourage you to move beyond acknowledging the land toward learning the stories of the people’s whose land you inhabit and then taking informed action by supporting organizations with material resources that advance the present and future empowered thriving of indigenous peoples. Please consider exploring the Land Reparations & Indigenous Solidarity Toolkit and making a donation to the Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) or another Indigenous-led nonprofit.