Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship

Title

Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship

Identifier

http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2015/soliciting-performance-hiding-bias-whiteness-and-librarianship

Description

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 designed to mimic and reinforce white middle class values, which ultimately influence the hiring decisions—and relative lack of diversity—of librarianship as a whole. The author considers how the whiteness of librarianship may manifest long before the hiring process. By identifying and interrogating the body of white, middle class values inherent to both librarianship and professional job searching, the author offers suggestions to encourage an authentically diverse pool of applicants.

Subject

Intersectionality

Creator

Galvan, Angela

Source

In the Library with the Lead Pipe, June 2015.

Date

2015-06-03

Rights

CC BY

Language

English

Type

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Citation

Galvan, Angela, “Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship,” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed October 30, 2020, https://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/371.