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Push Comes to Shove: Supporting Patrons of Color in Your Institution
Public Library Association Conference 2018 (2018)
  • Kristyn Caragher
  • Aisha Conner-Gaten, Loyola Marymount University
  • Tracy Drake, Chicago Public Library
  • Tonyia Tidline
In this session, participants will explore the ways in which systems of oppression, specifically white supremacy and racism, are built into our policies and procedures. We will examine the ways in which they contribute to systemic racism and harm patrons of color. Participants will learn to diffuse difficult situations, reflect on their privileges and biases that escalate situations, and work together to come up with anti-racist strategies to move towards racial equity in our institutions.

  • social justice,
  • public library,
  • racism,
  • presentation
Publication Date
Spring March 24, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Have a clear grasp of why it is important to embrace inclusion and to implement anti-racist strategies in their library and in their work. 2: Gain a vocabulary and framework to use as a building block for understanding ally work as a social justice value for library work. 3: Develop methods of engagement that are responsive to their communities throughout the year, not just in "special months"
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Kristyn Caragher, Aisha Conner-Gaten, Tracy Drake and Tonyia Tidline. "Push Comes to Shove: Supporting Patrons of Color in Your Institution" Public Library Association Conference 2018 (2018)
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