Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Libraries: How White Allies Can Support Arguments for Decolonization

Gohr, Michelle Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Libraries: How White Allies Can Support Arguments for Decolonization. Journal of Radical Librarianship, 2017, vol. 3, pp. 42-58. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Despite the claim to neutrality, a woeful lack of diversity has had, and continues to have, latent consequences within librarianship and the services we provide. Historically, libraries as a product of white (heterosexual, capitalist, middle-class) librarianship have unwittingly upheld dominant oppressive cultural values by adhering to the tenet of neutrality. Instead, librarians must radically begin supporting our communities by pushing for the removal of institutionalized barriers to entering the information science profession, and divorce ourselves from the notion of neutrality by supporting social justice and civil rights issues. Using discursive analysis as a way to highlight the major scholarly arguments regarding the state of diversity in LIS, I will highlight the ways in which white librarians can better cement ourselves as allies while remaining cognizant of our position as colonizers.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: decolonization, diversity, institutionalized oppression, social justice, whiteness
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: Stuart Lawson
Date deposited: 08 Jan 2018 08:53
Last modified: 08 Jan 2018 08:53


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