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VIVA: Anti-Racism Webinar TF

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Anti-Racism Webinar Series

Although 2020 was a year that was undeniably defined by the COVID-19 health crisis, it was also been a year that was undeniably defined by a surge in recognition of the historic, deep, and continuing social injustice faced by black people and all people of color. In June 2020, the VIVA Steering Committee put forward a statement against racism, the heart of which was a commitment to taking anti-racist actions.

As one of these actions, VIVA has developed a webinar series about a broad array of anti-racist topics and approaches.  The goal of this series, which runs along two tracks, speakers and discussions, is to build community through conversation, creating a space where people can talk through their projects, engage with scholars, and learn what libraries could and should be like if in fact libraries value diversity, equity, and inclusion. A task force has been created to help build cohesion across the series and recommended speakers both within and outside Virginia.

Discussion Webinar 3: Instruction

Dr. Jazz Jackson, Chief Student Success, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Thomas Edison State University, will facilitate the third discussion session, to be held on Friday, April 29th from 12 to 1:30 pm, on the topic of Instruction.  Dr. Jackson will guide attendees through a discussion of the March 30th presentation made by Dr. Kawanna Bright, “'Yes, it really is that critical': The challenges of addressing antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion through library instruction."

Dr. Jazz Jackson

Speaker Webinar 3: Instruction

Dr. Kawanna Bright, Assistant Professor in the Department of Library Science at East Carolina University, was the keynote presenter for the third speaker webinar in VIVA's Anti-Racism Webinar Series, held on Wednesday, March 30th from 10 to 11:30 am. Dr. Bright’s talk was entitled: “'Yes, it really is that critical': The challenges of addressing antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion through library instruction." A video recording and slides are available.

 

Dr. Kawanna Bright, ECU

Discussion Webinar 2: LIS Faculty of Color & LIS Education

Dr. Jazz Jackson, Chief Student Success, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Thomas Edison State University, facilitated the second discussion session, held on Friday, November 19th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, on the topic of LIS Faculty of Color and LIS Education.  Dr. Jackson guided attendees through a discussion of the October 21st presentation made by Dr. Renate Chancellor, "Social Justice: Moving From Awareness to Action in LIS," in an effort to move toward meaningful and attainable individual actions.

Dr. Jazz Jackson

Speaker Webinar 2: LIS Faculty of Color & LIS Education

Dr. Renate Chancellor, Chair & Associate Professor in the Department of Library & Information Science at Catholic University of America, was the keynote for the second speaker webinar in VIVA's Anti-Racism Webinar Series, discussing the topic of LIS Faculty of Color & LIS Education. Dr. Chancellor’s talk “Social Justice: Moving From Awareness to Action in LIS” explored the broader historical context of the struggle for equity and inclusion in Library and Information Science. A video recording is available.

 

Dr. Renate Chancellor

Discussion Webinar 1: Leadership

Dr. Jazz Jackson, Chief Student Success, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Thomas Edison State University,  facilitated the first discussion session, held on Friday, July 30th from 12-1 pm, on the topic of leadership.  Dr. Jackson guided attendees through a discussion of the framework presented by Elaine Westbrooks in the first speaker webinar of this series in an effort to move toward meaningful and attainable individual actions.

Dr. Jazz Jackson

Speaker Webinar 1: Leadership

The first webinar took place on Thursday, February 25th and covered the topic of Leadership with a focus on leading at all levels of the library. Elaine Westbrooks, Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gave the keynote talk, and there was a panel of librarians from VIVA libraries: David Heilbrun (GMU), Lisa Payne (JTCC), and Yasmeen Shorish (JMU).

"The Reckoning: Visioning and Planning a New Paradigm for Equity, Antiracism, and Social Justice in Libraries" / Elaine Westbrooks, UNC-CH; slides and video.

Elaine Westbrooks, UNC-CH

 

Task Force Members

Carmelita Pickett (Co-Chair)
University of Virginia

Jennifer Roper (Co-Chair)
University of Virginia

Heather Blicher
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Jeremy McGinniss
Liberty University

Cyanna Rodney-Hill
Norfolk State University

Crystal Willis
Old Dominion University

Genya O'Gara
Virtual Library of Virginia

Anne Osterman
Virtual Library of Virginia