This year (2017) marked the tenth anniversary of my entry into the library science / archives field as a graduate student and worker. It also coincided with the end of my three-year term as Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator for our regional professional association, New England Archivists, and the inception of the loose affiliation of resistance archivists we have come to call the Concerned Archivists Alliance.
While I have neither the opportunity nor inclination to return to formal graduate study, I have decided to make 2018 a year of study and reflection as I think about the core values that inform my work as a librarian through the lens of scholarly and activist literatures that critically consider how library and archival spaces are shaping and shaped by social (in)justice.
I am grateful, as I prepare to undertake this year of work, that many scholars have made syllabi and other tools for this exploration readily available to those outside the academy.
You can follow along on Twitter at @feministlib + #YoCRaS where I will be sporadically Tweeting my thoughts while reading.
My core resources will be:
#critlib readings and discussion.
Design for Diversity’s Foundational Readings and ongoing engagement with their work.
Adrienne Keene’s Introduction to Critical Race Theory syllabus (Fall 2017).
Raul Pacheco-Vega’s “How to undertake a literature review.”
Laura Saunders‘ Radical Librarianship: Radical Theory & Praxis syllabus (Spring 2016).
In addition, this post will become a living bibliography of the additional books, articles, and online resources that have informed this critical reflection already (*) or that are on my “to read” list for 2018:
*Adler, Melissa. Cruising in the Library: Perversities in the Organization of Knowledge (Fordham, 2017).
Ahmed, Sara. Living a Feminist Life (Duke Univ. Press, 2017).
*Ahmed, Sara. On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (Duke Univ. Press, 2012).
*Bourg, Chris. “Debating y/our humanity, or Are Libraries Neutral?” (11 February 2018).
*de jesus, nina. “Locating the Library in Institutional Oppression.” In the Library with a Lead Pipe (24 September 2014).
*Delgado, Richard and Jean Stefancic. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (New York Univ. Press, 2001).
*Drabinski, Emily. “Are libraries neutral?” (12 February 2018).
*Drake, Jarrett M. “I’m Leaving the Archival Profession: It’s Better This Way” (Medium, 26 June 2017).
*Galvan, Angela. “Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship.” In the Library with a Lead Pipe (3 June 2015).
*Hathcock, April. “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS.” In the Library with a Lead Pipe (7 October 2015).
Lankes, R. David. The New Librarianship Field Guide (MIT Press, 2016).
Lew, Shirley and Baharak Yousefi, eds. Feminists Among Us: Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership (Library Juice Press, 2017).
Mehra, Bharat and Kevin Rioux, eds. Progressive Community Action: Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science (Library Juice Press, 2016).
Noble, Safiya Umoha. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press, 2018).
Picca, Leslie and Joe Feagin. Two-Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage (Routledge, 2007).
Schlesselman-Tarango, Gina, ed. Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science (Library Juice Press, 2017).
*Shirazi, Roxanne. “Reproducing the Academy: Librarians and the Question of Service in the Digital Humanities” (15 July 2014).
Sullivan, Susanne. Good White People: The Problem with White Middle Class Anti-racism (SUNY Press, 2014).
Tyson, Amy. The Wages of History: Emotional Labor on Public History’s Front Lines (Univ. of Mass. Press, 2013).
*Wakimoto, Diana, Christine Bruce, and Helen Partridge. “Archivist as Activist: Lessons from Three Queer Community Archives in California,” Archival Science 13, 4 (December 2013): 293-316.