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 3 - Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 2-4 pm ET
Session 1 | 2:00-2:30 pm ET
Using Local History to Combat Racism
Learn how connecting to your community’s past can open up rich conversations about the future in this inspiring session. This session provides a deep dive into how librarians can use their institutions’ historical collections and resources to help patrons, students, and community members explore, critically analyze, and combat systemic racism.
Angel Jewel Tucker, Youth Services Manager, Johnson County Library, Overland Park, KS
Session 2 | 2:30-3:15 pm ET
Reassessing Our Core Values
What does true antiracist work look like within an organization and who measures its success? In this session, you’ll learn how to look more deeply into what your library is doing—and isn’t doing—with regards to equity work and reassess your priorities and areas of focus. You’ll learn to ask questions that go beneath the surface to the core values of your institution to reconsider your mission statement and your services, and begin to consider how you might create a revolutionary space of justice and healing through authentic human connection.
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Intermission | 3:15-3:30 pm ET
Session 2 | 3:30-4:15 pm ET
Anti-Oppression, Allyship, and Emotional Labor
Librarians committed to building strong and diverse collections and programs may wonder what else they can do to be positive agents of change in their communities. While there is far more than can be and is being done than we can cover in a single session, we’ll look at what it means to be an “ally,” how librarians can strive for social justice in their spheres of influence, and make space for marginalized voices and viewpoints. Anastasia Collins, librarian at Simmons College, will explore the experience of emotional labor and offer ways that diverse coalitions of professionals and advocates can support each other's efforts in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Anastasia Collins, Research & Instruction Librarian at Simmons University Library