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Purpose: Organizes, moderates, and distributes summaries of virtual and face-to-face discussions on topics of interest to leaders and managers at all levels and types of libraries.

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  • 1.  DEIA readings for Library Leaders and Managers

    Posted Feb 23, 2023 08:08 PM

    Someone suggested putting a prompt into a new thread here, seeking articles, books, or other resources that library leaders and managers have found helpful in their journey to a more balanced understanding of issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

    I can start with some of the well-known general titles that I often recommend to others who may be at the start of their investigations:

    White Fragility / Robin Diangelo (2018)
    me and white supremacy / Layla Saad (2020)
    The Diversity Bonus / Scott Page (2017)
    From Equity Talk to Equity Walk / McNair, Bensimon, and Malcom-Piquex (2020)
    Waking up White / Debby Irving  (2014)
    Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria / Beverly Daniel Tatum (1997)

    Our regional library office recently hosted D.B Timpore, author of My Little Town: A Pilgrim's Portrait of a Uniquely Southern Place (2021) which was an interesting short memoir of a white college educator/administrator who accepts a position at a small military college in Alabama's black belt.  I only include it because this sort of Yankee-comes-to-Dixie literary genre relates to my own recent experience.

    Erik Nordberg
    Dean of the Paul Meek Library
    University of Tennessee at Martin

  • 2.  RE: DEIA readings for Library Leaders and Managers

    Posted Feb 28, 2023 08:38 AM

    There are a couple of books that have been written by BIPOC librarians that I suggest checking out:

    Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS / edited by Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho (2018)

    Knowledge Justice: Disrupting Library and Information Studies through Critical Race Theory / edited by Sofia Y. Leung and Jorge R. Lopez-McKnight (2021)

    Some articles worth reading:

    Hudson, David James. "The Displays: On Anti-Racist Study and Institutional Enclosure." up//root, October 22, 2020.

    Hudson, David James. "On 'Diversity' as Anti-Racism in Library and Information Studies: A Critique." Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 1, no. 1 (2017).

    Rhodes, Tamara, Bishop, Naomi, and Alanna Aiko Moore. "The Work of Women of Color Academic Librarians in Higher Education: Perspectives on Emotional and Invisible Labor." up//root, February 13, 2023.

    Ione Damasco
    Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, Engagement, and Operations
    University of Dayton Roesch Library