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Articles on Cultural Competence
Low Morale in Ethnic and Racial Minority Academic Librarians: An Experiential Study
Library and information science (LIS) literature about workplace bullying and burnout in academic libraries continues to grow, and a recent study has revealed the experience of low morale in the same environment. Concomitantly, research focusing on continuing recruitment, promotion, advancement, and retention problems for ethnic and minority librarians; links between North American library values and workplace abuse; and historiographies on the historic marginalization of minority librarians has also appeared in LIS literature. Citing aforementioned developments in LIS literature and the racially homogenous participant make-up of Kendrick's 2017 study of low morale in academic libraries, this follow-up qualitative study focuses on racial and ethnic minority academic librarians to understand this group's experience of low morale. Emerging data validate the development, trajectory, and health-related consequences of low morale; center the load of additional impact factors; and highlight the impact of low morale on recruitment and retention efforts of racial and ethnic minority librarians employed in North American colleges and universities.
Bringing Equity into the Library: A Conversation with Christy Mulligan, DEI Coordinator for the Hennepin County Library
Libraries are often considered one of the foremost democratic institutions in America. However, the American library system as a whole has struggled with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. In this post, we speak with Christy Mulligan on how the GARE framework has helped to establish new norms and catalyze necessary conversations around racial equity among leaders of Hennepin County Library, who are responsible for libraries in Minneapolis and its suburbs.
The Virtuous Circle Revisited: Injecting Diversity, Inclusion, Rights, Justice, and Equity into LIS from Education to Advocacy
The field of library and information science (LIS) has long struggled with issues of diversity and inclusion in the composition of information professionals, in educational content, and in connecting with many communities. Yet the field has also produced many innovative approaches to meeting unique community needs and incorporating issues of justice, rights, and equity into educational activities. Although these approaches rarely connect education and advocacy, connecting these two can both facilitate better sharing of best practices in these areas and enable the educational and professional efforts of the field to better complement one another. Building on the “virtuous circle” concept that a truly effective focus on inclusion in the field will require involvement of both educators and professionals, this article offers a series of cases from LIS education programs and information institutions focusing on intersecting issues of diversity, inclusion, rights, justice, and equity.
Equity Literacy for All
This reading article is featured in "Considering Cultural Competence: An Annotated Resource List," an article written by Dr. Nicole Cooke and Dr. Renee Hill.
Articles on Microaggressions
Racial Microaggressions in Academic Libraries: Results of a Survey of Minority and Non-minority Librarians
There is relatively little literature on racism within the profession of academic librarianship. To investigate academic
librarians' experiences of racism, this research project uses the framework of racial microaggressions,
which are subtle, denigrating messages directed toward people of color. According to the results of an online
survey, some librarians of color have had racial microaggressions directed at them by their colleagues. Nonminority
librarians, however, are unlikely to recognize these disparaging exchanges.
Articles on White Privilege
White Privilege Checklist
Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, describes white privilege as “an invisible package of unearned assets, which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, code books, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks” (McIntosh, 1989).
This checklist has examples of ways white individuals have privilege because they are white. Please read the list and place a check next to the privileges that apply to you or that you have encountered. At the end, try to list at least two more was you have privilege based on your race.
Is Your Librarian Racist?
Findings from a new study indicate that “black-sounding” names are less likely to get a reply from public service providers.