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Libraries: Institutions of Equity For All - A Diversity Month Presentation at The Chicago School

Libraries: Institutions of Equity For All - A Diversity Month Presentation at The Chicago School Online

Safeguarding libraries against censorship during a time where politically charged book challenges aim to suppress the ideas of marginalized communities is paramount. Libraries are considered a "cradle" of democracy. To maintain our commitment to equitable library services, we must interrogate the role that policies play in the selection and removal of library materials. The speaker will also discuss the historical role of libraries in fighting against censorship and injustice, along with an urgency to continue serving as an institution of change.  

Presenter Bio

Andrea Jamison is an Assistant Professor of School Librarianship at Illinois State University.   She has more than 17 years of experience working in the field of education and libraries. She speaks internationally on library inclusivity, intellectual freedom, and the interplay of race, power, and privilege in children's books. Her research involves examining equity issues in library services and the role that libraries play in either perpetuating or mitigating systems of inequity.  She has written articles on these topics for Knowledge Quest, American Libraries Magazine, The Library Assessment Conference, and ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom Blog.  Her recent book, Decentering Whiteness in Libraries:  A Framework for Inclusive Collection Management is part of Beta Phi Mu Scholars series and was recently featured as the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table’s book club selection. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
1:00pm - 2:30pm
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Central Time - US & Canada (change)
This is an online event.
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