IBPOC Voices Speaker Series

Friday, March 5, 2021
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Online (via Zoom)
Registration is required. Please complete the form below.


UBC iSchool and IDEAS@UBC present: The IBPOC Voices Speaker Series

The IBPOC Voices Speaker Series is a series jointly hosted by the UBC iSchool and IDEAS@UBC. Held in place of the school’s usual in-person colloquium, the series offers a platform for IBPOC information professionals to share their valuable experience and research on a range of topics related to library, archival and information studies.



Please join us for a round table discussion with Ebony Magnus, head of Simon Fraser University’s Belzberg Library in the heart of downtown Vancouver. While taking into account Ebony’s expertise and experience outlined below, you are welcome to bring any topic of interest you would like to discuss. Following the round table, Ebony has also graciously offered to provide a closed discussion about her experiences as a racialized person in the profession with members of IDEAS. The club is open to any iSchool student who is IBPOC, and we welcome new members to join if they are interested in this Q&A. More information will be provided on discord.


Speaker Bio

In her role as Head, Belzberg Library, Ebony supervises librarians, co-op students, library assistants, and student assistants. She is a member of the Library’s Strategic Planning Leadership Committee (SPLC) and the Management team for SFU’s Vancouver campus. Of late, she’s working on redesigning the circ/info desk; promoting the un/settled exhibit; doing COVID-related service planning; budgeting/spending out 2020/21 budget; overseeing day-to-day operations of public services, including loans and research help services. Ebony is a former Spectrum Scholar and ARL Diversity Scholar and an alumnus of the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians – and enthusiastically encourages BIPOC grad students and new professionals to consider these programs. Her research in recent years has centered on critical assessment practices that reveal and/or challenge oppressive power structures in LIS; as a new-ish manager, she’s been thinking a lot about how to adapt and invoke the ethos of critical assessment in her management practices (and is still figuring it out). Ebony devotes her service work to groups and initiatives administered by and for the benefit of BIPOC in the field.

Image credit: Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver)



Registration form

Please complete the form below to register for this event. You will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link after submitting your details. If you didn’t receive it, please check the spam folder in your inbox. If you have any questions, please contact us at ischool.comms@ubc.ca.


About IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Safe Space)

IDEAS@UBC is a student group that seeks to provide a safe and productive community for IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour) students in departments and fields of study related to information, cultural, and memory work at the UBC School of Information. We aim to amplify IBPOC voices in information studies and encourage dialogue on topics such as anti-racism, Indigenous knowledge and information practices, and systemic barriers in library, archival and information studies. We also host social events and offer a safe space for IBPOC students in the iSchool programs to share resources on navigating underrepresentation in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector.

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