BCC to host Indiana Black Librarians Network conference

October 3, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana Black Librarians Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the "Strategies for Diversity and Leadership in Librarianship" conference Oct. 14-15 at Purdue.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. Friday (Oct. 14) with registration at the Black Cultural Center. Purdue alumnus Roland Parrish, owner of Parrish McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., which owns 25 McDonald's franchises in North Texas, will give the keynote address during a 6 p.m. dinner at Meredith Hall Gathering Place. The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics bears distinction as Purdue's first major campus facility named in honor of an African-American alumnus.

Saturday events will feature breakfast and lunch at Wiley Dining Court, a morning session at 9 a.m., and afternoon session at 12:15 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and sessions will occur at the Black Cultural Center Library.

Session topics include:

* Being a Leader When You're Not in a Leadership Position

* Creating Your Brand: Using Social Media to Market Yourself

* Getting the Maximum From a Member-Driven Publication

* Storytelling

* Strategies for Getting and Being Successful in Your First Library Job

For more information and registration about the event, contact indianablacklibrariansnetwork@gmail.com

Writer: Rebekah Piotrowicz, 765-496-3006, rpiotrow@purdue.edu

:  Marcia Smith-Woodard, special services consultant, Indiana State Library, 317-232-3719,  mwoodard@library.IN.gov

                   Renee Thomas, director of the Black Cultural Center, rathomas@purdue.edu