Push Comes to Shove: Supporting Patrons of Color in Your Institution
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201 ABC
In this session, participants will explore the ways in which systems of oppression, specifically white supremacy and racism, are built into our policies and procedures. We will examine the ways in which they contribute to systemic racism and harm patrons of color. Participants will learn to diffuse difficult situations, reflect on their privileges and biases that escalate situations, and work together to come up with anti-racist strategies to move towards racial equity in our institutions.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Have a clear grasp of why it is important to embrace inclusion and to implement anti-racist strategies in their library and in their work. 2: Gain a vocabulary and framework to use as a building block for understanding ally work as a social justice value for library work. 3: Develop methods of engagement that are responsive to their communities throughout the year, not just in "special months"
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.
This session will have: High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application)
Handouts: Download 1
Tags: Administration/Management, Civic Engagement, Diversity, Inclusion, Innovation, Social Change
Tonyia Tidline, Independent Information Professional and Consultant
Not applicable , Tuscaloosa , AL
Dr. Tonyia Tidline focuses on public library programs and services that represent community-led, collaborative initiatives to address matters of equity and social justice. She has a particular interest in the role of the public library as the "third place."
Kristyn Caragher, Adult Services Librarian
Chicago Public Library, Douglass Branch , Chicago , IL
Kristyn Caragher is a public librarian and a two time graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's School of Information Sciences, where she completed her MSLIS in 14' and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in 16'. She is the creator of Infollectuals, a discussion series that focuses on pressing societal issues and their relationship to libraries and social justice. You can learn more about her work at www.kristyncaragher.com.
Aisha Conner-Gaten, Instructional Design Librarian
Loyola Marymount University , Los Angeles , CA
Aisha Conner-Gaten is the Instructional Design Librarian at Loyola Marymount University. She is proud to be an intersectional information worker and activist, working to uplift students and faculty of color in scholarship. In her free time, she is a burgeoning sous chef, Black Twitterer, and tech junkie.
Tracy Drake, Archivist
Chicago Public Library , Chicago , IL
Tracy Drake is an archivist at the Chicago Public Library in the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection. A native of Chicago, she is dedicated to connecting youth in the area to valuable cultural resources and promoting safe spaces that cultivate dialogue around ideas of community, family, history and culture.