The Dismantling White Supremacy in Libraries Reading Group was formed to explore the complicity of folks who are primarily white in enabling and supporting structures of white supremacy in the academic library and the academy, and how the structures of colonialism, imperialism, and oppression manifest in our spaces, collections, services and staffing.
This group meets weekly to read the literature about white supremacy in libraries and archives. We discuss findings and tie the ideas back to how these are evident in our library, on our campus and in our institution.
The reading group has identified several themes from the readings. These include:
Architecture and spaces
Role of Librarians, Librarianship in reinforcement of white supremacy
Collections (incl. archives)
Archives and special collections only include, and sometimes valorize, some voices, need to actively highlight these gaps and perspectives in instruction, and seek to broaden collections