Solidarity Statement in Support of Latrice Booker

We as members of Indiana Black Librarians Network (IBLN), stand in full support of Latrice Booker and her resignation letter as Indiana Library Federation (ILF) president, that exposed white supremacy and anti-Black racism within our library profession and professional organizations like the ILF. We know a few things to be true, the libraries where we work can be hostile to Black and other marginalized people, whether they are patrons or library staff. Black library staff see the importance in the work that we do to help serve the informational needs of the people in our communities; the ability to do our jobs more effectively would increase if we did not have to navigate toxic work environments or toxic situations with our colleagues and those in power at our institutions.

This year the Indiana Black Librarians Network will celebrate 20 years as an organization. We stand as an organization that provides a place of support, learning, mentorship and information exchange for Black librarians and our allies. We encourage anyone who wants to learn the richness of our Black librarians working in the state of Indiana to follow and support IBLN through membership, donations and attending our programs. We know that much change is needed to make our profession live up to the myth that librarianship is the cornerstone of democracy. We can only move in that direction if we acknowledge our white supremacist past and its lasting effects. That we call on white librarians to do their part in dismantling white supremacy in our profession and our professional organizations.

Here are our demands for ILF: 

  1. There needs to be a strategic effort to hire and retain Black librarians in the state of Indiana.
  1. Intentional outreach to diverse librarians with ILF in leadership and programming. They can work with IBLN members to increase their diverse programming and outreach that amplify the voices and concerns of Black librarians in the state of Indiana. 
  1. Set up a scholarship program supporting diverse populations. We need to eliminate the monetary barrier for Black librarians to enter into the profession. 
  1. Anti-racism training for ILF leadership and members. This will help Black librarians and other librarians of color feel more comfortable working with ILF leadership and its members moving forward.

These demands are not meant to be easy. These demands are not meant to absolve the harm that has been done. These demands are to create a new path forward that breaks the cycle of white supremacy in our profession so that we all can thrive.

Find more information about IBLN at our website: http://indianablacklibrarians.net

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Libraries, Leadership and Social Justice – Free Webinar

The UC Davis Libraries and the Librarians Association of the University of California, Davis Chapter is hosting a special Zoom talk by Dr. Renate Chancellor – Libraries, Leadership and Social Justice: Lessons from E.J. Josey – on Wednesday, February 10, at 1:00pm PT (details below). 

The event is free and open to all library professionals. Registration [https://ucdavis.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcuqqqzgqEtO2xOGLaaGsTd0Xs-gD18KN] is required to receive the link to join. We look forward to seeing you there!

LIBRARIES, LEADERSHIP AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: Lessons from E.J. Josey

Librarian, educator and activist E.J. Josey stands out within the broader social and political landscape of civil rights for his courage and leadership in desegregating the library profession. As president of the American Library Association (ALA) from 1984 to 1985, he successfully drafted a resolution preventing state library associations from discriminating against librarians of color — an act considered by many to have desegregated the ALA.

During this online talk, Dr. Renate Chancellor, author of E. J. Josey: Transformational Leader of the Modern Library Profession (2020), will seek to answer the following questions: How did Josey transform the modern profession? What lessons can we take from his leadership and apply today?

Renate Chancellor is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA. Dr. Chancellor’s research focuses on human information behavior, organizational leadership, social justice in library and information science, and library education at historically black colleges and universities. She has published in scholarly journals and presented her research in national and international venues. Recent publications include: E.J. Josey: Transformational Leader in the Modern Library Profession; Racial Battle Fatigue: The Unspoken Burden of Black Women Faculty In LIS; Struggling to Breathe: COVID-19, protest and the LIS response; and Libraries on the Frontlines: Neutrality and Social Justice. She is a recipient of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Leadership Award and the ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award.

Webinar: An Outrage: Hosting a Virtual Scholar-Led Screening and Discussion

Join ALA’s Public Programs Office for a free webinar to learn how your library can use free resources to host a virtual event about the history and legacy of lynching in the American South.

WEBINAR: An Outrage: Hosting a Virtual Scholar-Led Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, Sept. 9

1 p.m. CT

Register here: https://programminglibrarian.org/learn/outrage-hosting-virtual-scholar-led-screening-and-discussion

The nationwide uprising for racial justice could spur fundamental shifts in how Americans remember and reckon with the past. Join us to learn how your library can play a constructive role by hosting a virtual film screening and discussion program.

In this webinar, participants will hear from the librarian who led the writing of a community discussion guide for “An Outrage,” a Smithsonian-premiered, award-winning documentary film about the history and legacy of lynching in the American South.

Participants in this session will learn how to:

  • Plan a successful screening
  • Engage with local scholars
  • Write questions that will foster open and respectful discussion

Funding for this webinar has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

Call for Papers

The African Library & Information Association & Institutions has put out a call for papers.

Currently, the Fourth Industrial revolution is building on digital technology as data and knowledge become the premium commodities for innovative solutions; as people, machines and locations become hyper-connected and lines between digital, physical and biological realities blur. So many possibilities exist with the different strands and components of 4IR as learning, teaching, research and scholarly communications have heavily migrated online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All these undergird the theme of the 4th AfLIA Conference and 6th African Libraries Summit ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution, sustainable development and African libraries’.

Africa is facing developmental challenges in all sectors that need innovative solutions. The 4IR can only be driven with knowledge, access to information and skills that will enable Africans to learn, think and innovate. AfLIA, as the trusted platform for African librarians in the continent and the diaspora sees potentials for libraries to be integrated into national, regional and industrial thrusts for 4IR initiatives in the continent. We are therefore highly interested in getting all Library professionals ready for the 4IR; ready for the future that is already here.

The 2021 AfLIA Conference and 6th African Libraries Summit will offer librarians the opportunities to learn more about 4IR, update their skills and understand their roles as African countries work on Smart City ideas, Connectivity, Open Science and Machine Learning among other features of 4IR. This 4th AfLIA Conference and 6th African Library Summit will include preconference workshops, Keynote and paper presentations from experts, posters, Ignite Talks as well as sessions by AfLIA Sections and entities in the industry who may wish to participate.  AfLIA is also introducing the Big Ideas Podium for innovative and creative thinkers in the profession who can stir others up through spoken word artistry and help the African Library sector see the future of libraries in the continent properly as pertains to the 4IR.

Please visit https://web.aflia.net/call-for-papers-4th-aflia-conference-and-6th-african-library-summit/ for more information.