2016 LACUNY Institute

Race Matters: Libraries, Racism, and Antiracism

2016 Institute Program

Complete Presentation Abstracts


Keynote Speaker: Mitchell S. Jackson

Jackson_M_Credit_Cole Bennetts_#1Jackson is the recipient of a 2016 Whiting Award. The Residue Years won the Ernest J. Gaines Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Prize. His debut novel, The Residue Years, was also hailed as “powerful” and “full of impossible hope” by The New York Times Book Review. It also secured Jackson fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the Center for Fiction. And his nonfiction work about his family, Survival Math, is due in 2017.



Opening Talk: April Hathcock

-15-0078 035April M. Hathcock, JD, LLM, MLIS, Scholarly Communication Librarian at New York University. Formerly a corporate attorney, she now researches ownership, rights, and diversity in scholarship and libraries. Her recent publications include “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS.”




9am – 4:45pm

9:00 am    Registration, breakfast, and networking

9:30 am     Welcome and Introduction

9:45 am    Opening Talk: April Hathcock

10:30 am    Break

10:45 am    Panels – 1, 2, 3

12:00 pm     Lunch

1:00 pm    Keynote: Mitchell S. Jackson

2:00 pm    Break

2:15 pm     Facilitated Dialogues (4)

3:00pm     Break

3:15 pm    Panels –  4, 5, 6

4:30 pm     Closing


Detailed Program:


Opening Talk: April Hathcock

Panel 1

  • Black Feminist Librarianship, Tahirah Akbar-Williams
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Exploring the Issues African-American Librarians Face, Anthony Bishop
  • On the Propensity of Librarianship toward Whiteness, Baharak Yousefi


Panel 2

  • Inclusivity and Indie Authors: The case for Community-based Publishing, Zetta Elliott
  • Whose Work Is This?: The Challenges of Building and Preserving Ethnic-Specific Collections in Public Library Settings, Dorothy Lazard
  • Inequalities of Scholarly Publishing, Charlotte Roh


Panel 3

  • The Case for Reparative Taxonomies: Undoing Master Narratives in the Stacks, Melissa Adler
  • Defining a Diversity Pedagogy for First Year Courses: A Legal Research Example, Raquel Gabriel
  • On Structures and Self-Work: Locating Anti-Racist Politics in LIS, David James Hudson and Gina Schlesselman-Tarango



Keynote: Mitchell S. Jackson

Facilitated Dialogues

  • Social Practice Artists in the Archive: Strategies for Collaborative Documentation, Claro de los Reyes and Maggie Schreiner
  • Interrogating Racism and Exploring Identity in LIS Classrooms : Collaborative Autoethnography in Social Justice Education, Nicole Cooke and Robin Kurz
  • Loudness in the Library: Talking Book Covers, Whitewashing, and Racism, Allie Jane Bruce and Anshu Wahi
  • Offensive Mechanisms, Constructive Paths: How to recognize and deal with microaggressions in the LIS field, Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez and Jenna Freedman


Panel 4

  • Missing Persons: Finding Multiracial Resources in a Monoracially-Organized Library World, Helen Look, Alexandra Rivera, and Karen E. Downing
  • Working through Whiteness: Toward Antiracist Librarianship, Melissa Kalpin Prescott
  • Identity, Emotion, and Intersectionality: New Research on Academic Librarians of Color, Juleah Swanson


Panel 5

  • Exploring Civil Rights through Mississippi Collections, Jennifer Brannock, Greg Johnson
  • The 1939 Sit-in Demonstration to Integrate the Alexandria, Virginia, Public Library: Hierarchies of Dominance, Power, and Control in Library Access for Blacks, Brenda Mitchell-Powell
  • Dissecting the Relationship Between Public Libraries and #BlackLivesMatter, Patricia Cortez Valdovinos


Panel 6

  • Roundtable on Diversifying the Library Profession, Kenneth Schlesinger, Amy Beth, Colleen Cool, Wilma Jones, and Julie Lim
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