Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Friday, October 6 • 10:30am - 11:20am
#Librarianshipsowhite: Using Critical Race Theory to Form a Call for Action

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At last count, the profession of librarianship was comprised of only 12% people of color, despite numerous diversity initiatives in recruitment. This state of affairs was aptly described by local author & activist, Andrea Jenkins, as "blindingly white." Director of MIT Libraries, Chris Bourg, poignantly described our profession's diversity problem as "the unbearable whiteness of librarianship." A framework already exists that allows us to critically evaluate our practices and cultivate more inclusive libraries. We will look at librarianship through the lens of critical race theory to advance the discussion about race, de-center whiteness, and bring theory to a practice of anti-racist librarianship. After presenting some guiding principles, a theoretical framework, and some inspiring examples, we will lead a critical discussion with the audience so that together, we can create a call to action(s).

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Amy Mars

Research & Instruction Librarian, St. Catherine University
Research, Instruction, & Outreach Librarian, St. Catherine University

Deborah A. Torres

Assistant to the Associate Dean/Assistant Program Director MLIS Program, St. Catherine University
Deborah A. Torres is the Assistant Program Director for the MLIS Program, St. Catherine University, where s/he coordinates many activities in support of the Program's mission and goals. S/he has a background in public libraries, archives, special collections, and is an active member... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 103