Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dismantling Whiteness in Libraries and Librarianship: a journal club

An 8-week journal club open to all Princeton University Library staff based on the bibliography ‘Disrupting and Dismantling Whiteness in Libraries and Librarianship’ by Karla Strand, University of Wisconsin.

Contribution: Organizer and facilitator

Group norms

In this space, we...

  • Seek to critically examine the historical legacy, structural mechanisms, organizational culture, and current realities of racism in our institution and profession.

  • Seek to learn the language to articulate inequality, exclusion, and injustice in our institution and profession.

  • Seek to turn that language into advocacy, and advocacy into action.

  • Seek equity and justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

Schedule of Readings -- Summer 2020

June 17: Academic Libraries

Brook, F., Ellenwood, D., & Lazzaro, A.E. (2015). In pursuit of antiracist social justice: Denaturalizing whiteness in the academic library. Library Trends, 64(2). Retrieved from https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/43d8/f06a09e80f11e3db3f18908494acbc52de6d.pdf

June 24, 2-3 pm WEBINAR: Dismantling Institutional Racism in your Library: From Theory to Practice

July 1: Librarians of Color

VanScoy, A. & Bright, K. (2019, October). Articulating the Experience of Uniqueness and Difference for Librarians of Color. The Library Quarterly, 89(4), 285-297. https://doi.org/10.1086/704962. Retrieved from https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/704962

July 8: Collection Development

Bowers, J., Crowe, K., & Keeran, P. (2017). “If you want the history of a white man, you go to the library”: Critiquing our legacy, addressing our library collection gaps. Collection Management, 42(3-4), 159-179. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01462679.2017.1329104

July 15: Instruction and Teaching

Pashia, A. (2017). Examining structural oppression as a component of information literacy: A call for librarians to support #BlackLivesMatter through our teaching. Journal of Information Literacy, 11(2), 86-104. Retrieved from https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/JIL/article/view/LLC-V11-I2-1

July 22: COVID, Protest, LIS

Gibson, A. N., Chancellor, R., Cooke, N. A., Dahlen, S. P., Patin, B., & Shorish, Y. (2020). Struggling to Breathe: COVID-19, Protest, and the LIS Response. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/libsci_facpub/291

July 29: BIPOC Librarians

Kendrick, K. (2018, March 19). Running The Gauntlet: Lives of Practicing Minority Academic Librarians. The Ink On The Page. Retrieved from https://theinkonthepageblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/the-gauntlet-the-life-of-the-practicing-minority-academic-librarian/

August 5: Recruitment, Staffing, Hiring

Vinopal, J. (2016). The quest for diversity in library staffing: From awareness to action. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Retrieved from http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2016/quest-for-diversity/

August 12: Discrimination

Tonin, M. (2018). Do librarians discriminate? Library Journal. Retrieved from https://lj.libraryjournal.com/2018/01/opinion/backtalk/librarians-discriminate-backtalk/#_

[In progress] How diverse are Princeton's psychology syllabi? A citation analysis

Citations from Spring and Fall 2020 syllabi will be examined for diverse authorship in order to establish a baseline for efforts to provide more inclusive, diverse, and reflective literature in psychology classes.

Contribution: Project lead, co-author

Collaborators: Daina Tamir (Assistant Professor of Psychology) and the Department of Psychology Climate and Inclusion Committee

Change the Subject' Screening + Panel Discussion

Princeton University Library presented two screenings of the documentary, “Change the Subject" for library staff. The film shares the story of a resilient group of Dartmouth students who are committed to promoting the rights of undocumented people. Dartmouth staff, librarians, and students partnered to produce a film that captured their journey to confront the use of biased catalog subject headings, such as “illegal alien.”The film details how their campus activism led them to be a part of the immigration debate on Capitol Hill.

Panel discussions followed both of the screenings.


Ellen Ambrosone, South Asian Studies Librarian, Princeton University

Katie Remus, Learning & Development Specialist, Princeton University


Co-organizer, panel moderator