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Keynote Announcement

The LTG Summit organizers are pleased to announce the keynote speaker for our first summit, Dr. Christine Williams.

Dr. Williams is professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She writes on gender, race and class inequality in the workplace. Her most recent book, “Inside Toyland: Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality,” exposes how these forms of inequality are embedded within consumer culture through an examination of low-wage retail work. Two previous books focus specifically on gender discrimination at work. These prior works were based on studies of men and women in nontraditional (gender atypical) occupations, such as men in nursing and women in the U.S. Marine Corps. She has also studied sexuality, homophobia, and sexual harassment in a wide variety of workplace settings. A co-edited book, Gender & Sexuality in the Workplace, was published in 2010. She is currently conducting a study (with Professor Chandra Muller) on women scientists in the oil and gas industry.Williams edited the journal, Gender and Society, from 2003-06.

Williams will share with us her recent research on gender and “precarious employment” in the new economy. Precarious employment refers to the lack of job security and organizational loyalty that characterizes work throughout the new economy—including work in libraries and library technology. In previous work, Williams and her co-authors noted that in the new economy “Organizations are still gendered, but the mechanisms for reproducing gender disparities are different than those in a traditional career path.”  Her talk at the LTG Summit will focus on how the increasing prevalence of precarious, rather than stable, employment contributes to gender inequality and how that manifests in libraries and library technology.

We are so happy Dr. Williams will be joining us and contributing to this important conversation.

The LTG Summit will be March 20-21, 2014, at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, TX. Registration is open until February 28.