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Your Resources from "White Librarian Work: Doing Anti-Racist Work in Your Library" event

Wednesday, July 29, 2020  
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On June 18, MLA held its first Community Conversation, guided by Amy Boese (Scott County Library), Melissa Prescott (St. Cloud State University), and Carol Jackson (Ramsey County Library). The topic was "White Librarian Work: Doing Anti-Racist Work in Your Library."


We had an amazing and engaged turnout and the chat was filled with insightful commentary and suggestions for anti-racism resources. The discussion covered both Internal Work on Your Own Biases and External Work to Create Effective Change. The Internal Work discussion included comments about how "Feeling uncomfortable is good for white people," "More listening...less defending," and the suggestion to "Do not center yourself, don’t tone police, apologize authentically." External Work insights included working to diversify librarianship, examining library policies for racial bias, investing in BIPOC vendors, and to "Think of yourself as a wedge. Where is that little crack that you can begin to apply some force?"


Three documents have been added to the MLA Library Resources webpage that may be of interest to attendees (and those who missed the conversation): A Resource List and Notes which includes comments and suggestions from the chat about internal and external work and a list of resources recommended by participants; Amy Boese's How to Be a White Librarian Ally notes, and the slides from the conversation. 


Thank you all for a great conversation. Let's keep having them!

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