The Omicron chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Science Honor Society, at Rutgers University and the LIS Department at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information (SC&I) co-sponsored their Fall Lecture and MI Colloquium, which was held virtually over Zoom on November 11, 2021. The inspiring talk featured Jason Broughton (MLIS, MPA), who discussed the importance of his life experiences, from working as a professional baker to becoming the first African-American to serve as the Vermont State Librarian.
Broughton discussed both the personal and professional aspects of his life journey, to his current role as Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress. He draws on experiences and lessons learned to adapt to unforeseen challenges, opportunities and innovations along the way, which in turn impact the delivery of services for patrons of diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities. The talk was followed by a lively Q&A session, which can be viewed on the Rutgers CommInfo YouTube channel (linked below).
This event was sponsored and made possible by Beta Phi Mu, RU Libraries, New Jersey Center for the Book, and the Rutgers SC&I Alumni Association. A recording of the BPM 2021 Fall Lecture with Jason Broughton is now available to view at any time via the Rutgers SC&I YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/RuxVFzAqcis