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Find Yourself (and a Librarian) at the CEWiT Summit

The Center of Excellence for Women and Technology (CEWiT) will be holding their annual Summit Friday and Saturday. The CEWiT Summit is aimed at showing women in a variety of different fields that they can interact as women and as technology users. While the workshops may be aimed at women, the Summit is open to anyone.

I’m not a woman in technology. What’s there for me?

This Summit is an opportunity to guide you towards excellence in your career and leveraging technology know-how. It also addresses social issues that arise in our increasingly tech-driven world. Therefore, to take away value from this event, you don’t need to know hard and fast tech skills, just be someone who exists in or is soon to enter a career impacted by rapidly changing technology in our daily life. If you’re a student or a librarian, that probably includes you!

Why should I check out librarian speakers while I’m there?

You may not realize that librarianship is a field that offers many tech-focused career options. Because librarianship is a primarily female-dominated field that involves a lot of technology and information management, these librarians can provide an interesting perspective on women and technology. Additionally, different librarians use technologies in different capacities and may open your eyes to the diversity of the career field.

Who should I see speak at the Summit?

Well, ideally, you will get to see all of the librarians who are speaking at the event this weekend. But if you can’t, this might help you narrow down which breakouts you want to attend.

If you’re interested in social awareness in the development of new ideas…

Jaci Wilkinson is the Head of the Discovery and User Experience department at Wells Library. She will be leading a session on algorithmic awareness and the research that lies at the foundation of the topic.

Algorithmic Awareness – Gender and Race

Friday, March 6, 2:00 PM

Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union

If you’re interested in getting started with searching digital archives…

Jackie Fleming is a Visual Literacy and Resources Librarian, who will be leading a session on how to use Artstor, one of the largest digital archives of images, available to students through the library.

Artstor: Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Friday, March 6, 11:00 AM

Persimmon Room, Indiana Memorial Union

If you’re interested in makerspaces and how women interact in them…

Leanne Nay is the Digital Engagement Librarian. Leanne created a Mini Makerspace in Wells Library; a makerspace is a community workspace for people with shared interests to work and collaborate. She will be presenting more on makerspaces, and how women interact with them, at the Summit.

Women & Makerspaces: Explorations of Gender in the Maker Movement

Saturday, March 7, 1:30 PM

State Room West, Indiana Memorial Union

 If you’re interested in learning more about unique educational resources…

Julie Marie Frye is the head of the Education Library & Sarah Hare is a Scholarly Communication Librarian who focuses on Open Educational Resources (OER) as well as outreach to undergraduates. They will be presenting on developing chalk talks, which are lectures accompanied by drawing works and visuals during the lecture to highlight points.

Creating Chalk Talks for Higher Education

Friday, March 6, 3:00 PM

Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union

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