Tagged with sexism
I guess I have a different idea of what an unconference is than the organizers of National Library Unconference Day ’11. To me, an unconference doesn't have keynote speakers. It's peer education without stars and top down lectures.
I also have a different idea of what any library conference keynote slate should look like. In an 80% female profession, I'd prefer five women speakers and one man to the lineup listed on the website as of 2/5/11 at 3pm Eastern. I'm not saying there should be a mandated quota (though I'm not saying there shouldn't be either), I just think they could represent they could represent their constituency a teeny bit better.
When I see library programs with male heavy/corporate/administrator compositions I get a little outraged. At ALA this year, the Office for Internet Technology Policy is hosting a just such a panel discussion, called What is the Future of Libaries?.
I have nothing against any of the participants personally. In fact I've seen a couple of them speak and was very impressed. It's the line-up all together that bothers me, especially in the context of library futurism. Personally I want nothing to do with a future that is defined or molded by what these seven people represent as a whole.
Three men awarded book prize administered by a male university librarian and given my a male presenter. In the male dominated field of...history!