This Friday, March 10th, many of the Barnard librarians and other staff will attend the Race Matters UnConference, hosted by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY), and ACRL/NY.
The day-long conference "aims to continue the local conversations, learning, and organizing happening around race and anti-racism in librarianship," and will address questions such as:
- What can we do in our professional lives and in the spaces we maintain to de-center whiteness and dismantle oppression?
- How can library leaders and administrators work to include support staff (who are often from underrepresented groups) who are interested in librarianship?
- How do we push past the sometimes placating rhetoric of "diversity" in order to fundamentally re-focus and restructure our practice, the viewpoints represented, and the processes of decision making and governance?
To find out more about this sold out conference, please check out the website or follow the tweets #RaceMatters17.