ACRL President's Program Reading List

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President's Program Reading List


2020 ACRL President’s Program
Shifting the Center:  Transforming Academic Libraries Though Generous Accountability

Speaker: McKensie Mack

Description: Inspired by the work of critical scholars, artists and activists within and outside libraries, the 2020 President’s Program asks participants to imagine a world where holding ourselves truly accountable for systemic inequity in our profession and institutions is a welcome opportunity for growth. We understand that the inequitable systems governing our institutions are not broken, but are functioning as they were designed to do. In light of today's global pandemic, we find these inequities even more severe for many in our communities. To rebuild these institutions, people with power and privilege must pay close attention to the voices and needs of people experiencing inequity, and enact change according to what we hear. This panel session will explore how doing this work—holding ourselves, each other, and our institutions meaningfully accountable for inequity—can be an opportunity for generosity, humor, and care. Reimagining accountability as growth gives us a way to act, to create change, and to work towards justice in our libraries, relationships and communities.

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brown, adrienne m. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2017.

Crenshaw, Kimberlé. “Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw,”

Equity in the Center. “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture,” 2019.

Foster, John. White Race Discourse: Preserving Racial Privilege in a Post-Racial Society. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.

Government Alliance on Race & Equity. “Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries: Case Studies from the Field.” Issue Brief. Accessed July 24, 2020.

Hollis, Geraldine. Back to Mississippi: Sidewalks Represent a Journey to the Paths of My Success, Follow My Steps and Take the Journey! Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2011.

———. March Memories: A True Reflection of Time, Then and Now! AuthorHouse, 2014.

Kaba, Mariame. “TransformHarm.Org: A Resource Hub about Ending Violence.” Transform Harm. Accessed July 17, 2020.

Krueger, Stephen G. Supporting Trans People in Libraries. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2019.

Sojourners. “Micky ScottBey Jones,” February 13, 2015.

“Progressive Stack.” In Wikipedia, 2020.

Public Library Association. Advancing Racial Equity in Your Library, 2018.

Rice, Josie Duffy, and Clint Smith. “Justice in America Episode 20: Mariame Kaba and Prison Abolition.” Accessed July 17, 2020.

Schlesselman-Tarango, Gina. “The Legacy of Lady Bountiful: White Women in the Library.” Library Trends 64, no. 4 (Spring 2016): 667–86.

———. Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science, Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2017.

Steinmetz, Katy. “Kimberlé Crenshaw on What Intersectionality Means Today.” Time, February 20, 2020.

“Tougaloo Nine.” In Wikipedia, June 30, 2020.

Turner, Cory. “Court Rules Detroit Students Have Constitutional Right To An Education.” All Things Considered. NPR, April 27, 2020.

Vitale, Alex S. The End of Policing. New York, NY: Verso, 2018.

Wiegand, Shirley A., and Wayne A. Wiegand. The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press, 2018.

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