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  • Collection: Anti-Racism in Libraries and Archives

In Pursuit of Antiracist Social Justice: Denaturalizing Whiteness in the Academic Library

This article examines racism and the culture of Whiteness in academic libraries in three major areas of public services: space, staffing, and reference service delivery. The authors perform a critical discourse analysis, drawing on critical race…

Collective Responsibility: Seeking Equity for Contingent Labor in Libraries, Archives, and Museums

This white paper was produced as one of the outcomes of the first meeting of the IMLS grant-funded Collective Responsibility: National Forum on Labor Practices for Grant-Funded Digital Position. In it, the authors describe their methodology for…

Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship

Despite the growing body of research on our professional demographics and multi-year diversity initiatives, librarianship in the United States remains overwhelmingly white. The author suggests the interview process is a series of repetitive gestures…

White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives within LIS

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Whiteness—an ideological practice that can extend beyond notions of racial supremacy to other areas of dominance—has permeated every aspect of librarianship, extending even to the initiatives we claim are committed to increasing…

On "Diversity" as Anti-Racism in Library and Information Studies: A Critique

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Drawing on a range of critical race and anti-colonial writing, and focusing chiefly on Anglo-Western contexts of librarianship, this paper offers a broad critique of diversity as the dominant mode of anti-racism in LIS. After outlining…

Achieving racial and ethnic diversity among academic and research librarians: The recruitment, retention, and advancement of librarians of color—A white paper

White paper offering recommendations that are a result of a review of the literature that builds on an ALA 2002 white paper, with a particular focus on empirically supported solutions, from the broader recruitment and retention literatures, and the…

Confronting Librarianship and its Function in the Structure of White Supremacy and the Ethno State

Rising socio-cultural and political tensions have helped increase awareness about long-standing structures of violence and abuse, as we have seen in the development and tumultuous expansion of the #MeToo movement. However, other significant…

Archival Amnesty: In Search of Black American Transitional and Restorative Justice

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Archives as memory institutions have a collective mandate to document and preserve a national cultural heritage. Recently, American archives and archivists have come under fire for pervasive homogeneity - for privileging, preserving, and…