Equity in Action: Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture
Live Interactive Sessions: Tuesdays: February 23, March 2, and March 9 from 2-4 PM ET. Plus, a self-guided learning path, and additional bonus content offered so you can follow along at your own pace.
Part 1: Tuesday, February 26, 2021, 2-4 pm ET
Session 1 | 2:00-2:15 pm ET
What Does It Mean To Be Antiracist?
A brief introduction to the course, which will highlight key concepts, including #ownvoices, privilege, and intersectionality, and explaining how the discussion groups and assignments will work.
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Session 2 | 2:15-3:00 pm ET
Making Implicit Biases Explicit
Serving diverse and marginalized populations is rewarding but complicated work. Among the barriers to inclusive service is implicit bias. It is important for information professionals to examine and acknowledge their own privileges and biases and recognize their role in creating and sustaining a welcoming environment in the library for every person who seeks access to the library’s materials, services, programs, and spaces. In this session, you'll unpack the concept of implicit bias, as well as the closely related concepts of stereotypes, microaggressions, and cultural competence, and walk away with ideas for how to use this deeper understanding to enhance your critical information practice.
Nicole A. Cooke, PhD, MEd, MLS, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, College of Information and Communications, University of South Carolina
Intermission | 3:00-3:15 pm ET
Session 3 | 3:15-4:00 pm ET
Dismantling White Supremacy in the Library
In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of white supremacy and how it operates on institutional and individual levels. You will learn how to recognize and address explicit and implicit racist manifestations. Real-world examples will help contextualize the phenomena of white supremacy within public, school, and academic libraries. Most importantly, the session will move beyond understanding white supremacy, focusing on tangible steps toward dismantling racist systems of oppression.
Cassie Sheets, Adjunct Instructor, College of Humanities and Sciences, University of Montana (MT)