ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Practitioners, scholars, and activists are increasingly locating and troubling whiteness in LIS. In fall 2017, the first book-length treatment of the topic, Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science (Library Juice Press), was published. Join contributors to this volume for a panel that explores both the historical and current impacts of whiteness on the profession, as well as how it can be addressed. Topics include a reexamination of Carnegie library building grants provided to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); whiteness at the reference desk; discourses around technology and the future of libraries; ways whiteness can be addressed in the LIS curriculum; and examples of how librarians can dismantle racism and white supremacy. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of why whiteness must be confronted in LIS and will be given tools for disrupting it.