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VIVA: Anti-Racism Webinar TF

Virginia's Academic Library Consortium

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Anti-Racism Webinar Series

Although 2020 has been a year that is undeniably defined by the COVID-19 health crisis, it has also been a year that is 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 is developing a webinar series about a broad array of anti-racist topics and approaches.  The goal of this series 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.

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