Narratives of (Dis)Enfranchisement: Reckoning with the History of Libraries and the Black and African American Experience

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This title will be available Spring 2022. You may place an order and the item will be shipped when it becomes available.

This first Special Report in a two-volume set on Black and African Americans’ experiences in libraries provides an overview of their historical exclusion from libraries and educational institutions in the United States, also exploring the ways in which this legacy is manifest in our contemporary context. A compelling call to action, it will serve as the beginning of many conversations in which librarianship reckons with its racist past to move towards a more equitable future.

Still a predominantly white profession, librarianship has a legacy of racial discrimination, and it is essential that we face the ways that race impacts how we meet the needs of diverse user communities. Identifying and acknowledging implicit and learned bias is a necessary step toward transforming not only our professional practice but also our scholarship, assessment, and evaluation practices. From this Special Report, readers will

  • learn the hidden history of Africa’s contributions to libraries and educational institutions, which are often omitted from K-12, higher education, and library school curricula;
  • engage with the racist legacies of libraries as well as contemporary scholarship related to Black and African American users’ experiences with libraries;
  • be introduced to frameworks and theories that can help to identify and unpack the role of race in librarianship and in library users’ experiences; and
  • garner practical takeaways to bring to their own views and practice of librarianship.

The forthcoming companion volume to this Special Report will detail the findings of a groundbreaking study conducted by the authors of the experiences of Black and African American students in undergraduate school, public, and academic libraries, exploring the implications for research and practice in the field.

Published: 2022
Publisher: ALA Editions
Pages: 96
Sku: 9780838937372
$34.99
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