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San Diego County Library Executive Director to Deliver 2014 CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week Keynote

Jose Aponte

World renowned librarian Jose Aponte will be the keynote speaker for CCI’s 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Week, Wednesday Sept. 24 from 5:45-6:45 PM in UT’s McClung Auditorium.  Aponte is the executive director of the San Diego County Library System which was selected as the Library Journal’s Library of the Year in 2012. Other awards and recognitions received by Aponte include: a White House appointment to the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Advisory Council, a presidential appointment to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences, the REFORMA Trejo Librarian of the Year Award, CCI’s Diversity Award, and Bard College’s John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service.  CCI Dean Mike Wirth said, “Jose Aponte is a dynamic and energetic speaker and a visionary library director.  He is a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion with a remarkable history of developing innovative solutions to deal with community-wide problems.”

The theme for this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Week, which takes place from Sept. 22-25, is “Mapping  Your Journey.”  The week features eight panels and an open forum focused on interesting topics such as: Diversity and Religion, Sports and Stereotypes, Media Stereotypes, and Diversity and Health.   The full schedule of sessions can be found at http://www.cci.utk.edu/diversityweek.

Alice Wirth, director of CCI’s Diversity Student Leaders Society and chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Week Planning Committee, said, “Jose Aponte’s personal philosophy is to use ‘libraries as a place to transform communities and create public value: they are the catalyst that brings disparate groups together to build social capital, both virtually and in bricks and mortar institutions.’ He has been able to go beyond the talk and put into practice programs that work.  Because of his leadership, the San Diego County Library was the 2012 Library of the Year.  We can learn a lot from his experiences.”

Who:  Jose Aponte, Executive Director, San Diego County Library System, http://www.sdcl.org/about-director.html

What:  Keynote Speaker CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week

When: Wednesday, September 24, 5:45 – 6:45 pm

Where:  McClung Auditorium on the UT campus & a live streaming link will be provided