(Not) Another Anti-Racist Reading Group: From Discussion to Action [slides]

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Melody Rood, Student Success and Open Education Librarian (Creator)
Suzanne Sawyer, Preservation Specialist (Creator)
Juanita Thacker, Information Literacy Lecturer (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Panel presentation for ASERL 2021. In the months since the Black Lives Matter uprisings in the summer of 2020, much has been written about the use of reading lists and book clubs to educate and facilitate difficult conversations about racism, and much more has been said in the years leading up to these events. Reading groups are often proposed as a means of introducing people to new or challenging topics, and just as often criticized as an inadequate, feel-good band-aid that can be applied with little effort and little impact beyond individuals’ possible personal growth. This panel presentation shares methods and outcomes of an antiracist reading group established by the UNC Greensboro Libraries Diversity Committee. By focusing on connecting concepts to the readers’ work in librarianship and addressing the issues within the workplace, the anti-racist reading group sought to not just identify and describe racism but also identify the means by which we may work towards dismantling it within the library.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
anti-racism, academic libraries, reading group, EDI

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