What we're about
The Racial and Social Justice Special Interest Group welcomes all library workers, archivists, and other information professionals who are passionate about racial justice, community-centered activism, outreach, social movements, and equity in the library profession. Through discussion, presentations, and other activities, we will question and reflect on the intersections of libraries and archives with racial and social justice struggles.
*For Fall 2017, our group decided to create a toolkit for hiring, retaining, and cultivating the talents of POC and other underrepresented groups in the library profession. With the collaboration of METRO and the library community, that toolkit now has a page and lives on IDEAL. (http://www.mnylc.org/ideal/index.php?title=Main_Page) Check our Racial & Social Justice in the Library page (http://www.mnylc.org/ideal/index.php?title=Racial_%26_Social_Justice_in_the_Library_Meetup)and toolkit (http://www.mnylc.org/ideal/index.php?title=Toolkit)in IDEAL and help us create a more just, inclusive, anti-racist library profession.
Our questions include:
• What does it mean to have a commitment to racial and social justice in practice?
• How can we, as library workers, work towards more inclusion and equity in libraries and archives?
• How does librarianship embrace, challenge, or hinder various forms of access to information, documentation, and archives?
• How can we foster collaboration between school, public, special collections, and academic libraries?
• How do the ways we preserve, analyze, document and mobilize our collections, instruction, and services connect with the work of community activists in their struggle for racial, economic, and gender justice?
• How can we work towards an anti-oppressive and anti-racist library space?
Join us in our quest to find answers and take action.