Virtual Book Discussion Group starts in November; Register Now

Good Evening Colleagues –
You are invited to participate in a virtual book club to read and discuss the book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, by Dolly Chugh. By making our libraries more inclusive, we can better serve all of our users. This book club is an opportunity to learn how you can increase inclusivity and equity in both your workplace and your personal life.
Virtual book clubs will meet in real-time once a month for 90 minutes during the months of November 2019 through February 2020. It is best to use a device with a microphone and camera to have the richest experience. Each book club will have a facilitator that is a medical librarian, and the facilitator will share the link to the meetings plus all additional resources. At each meeting, specific chapters will be discussed. There will also be opportunities for attendees to do activities outside of the book club meetings. Virtual book club participants will select one club to join. If scheduling conflicts arise, participants can choose to attend a different club’s meeting for that month. MLA CE credit will be awarded for book club meetings attended.
This virtual book club is built on the very successful virtual book club model that Shannon Jones (MUSC) implemented in early 2019. In that instance, groups discussed Blind Spot by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. Over 70 librarians from the US and Canada participated in the Blind Spot virtual book clubs. The experience for participants was overwhelmingly positive with evaluations indicating 93% would recommend the course to a colleague. It is a great opportunity for librarians from smaller libraries to meet other librarians without traveling. The first book club was made possible through funding from the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the NNLM (SEA). Thanks to funding from the Midcontinental Region of the NNLM (MCR), copies of the book The Person You Mean to Be and MLA CE credit will be provided at no cost to the first 70 participants.
If you’d like to learn more about actions you can take to increase inclusivity, and you are able to commit 90 minutes once a month for four months to learn with others, please sign up ( to participate. The facilitators are open to taking as many participants as we can, although there may be limited funding available to purchase copies of the book and cover CE fees.
For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations: Please indicate this information in the sign up form or contact one of the facilitators listed below. Two weeks advance notice will help us best accommodate needs, but please let us know at any time.
If you have questions please feel free to contact any of the facilitators – thank you!
Melissa De Santis (
Shannon Jones (
Kelsa Bartley (
Lindsey Blake (
Peggy Cruse (
Ryan Harris (
Don Jason (
Annabelle Nunez (
Ginny Pannabecker (
Dede Rios (
Jahala Simuel (
Zoe Unno (
This project is supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
Melissa De Santis, M.L.I.S., AHIP
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Strauss Health Sciences Library
Univ of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
(303) 724-1748
Shannon D. Jones, MLS, M.Ed, AHIP
(Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)
Director of Libraries & Professor
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Avenue
Suite 419, MSC 403
Charleston, SC 29425-4030
843-792-8839 |
*Meeting request should be directed to Tasha Renfroe-Johnson,
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