Information Agitation

Antiracist libraries acknowledge the fallacy of being neutral in the face of racism. Libraries are racist or antiracist. Just like individuals—libraries cannot just say they are ‘not racist.’ Being an antiracist library means that they are actively working to dismantle racism and white supremacy in their libraries and communities. Being antiracist also means they are working to dismantle the oppression of marginalized people.

Allowing bigots to perpetuate fear in the community is antithetical to the antiracist library. The antiracist library is an enemy to bigotry. The antiracist library is constantly reflecting on ‘neutral’ stances when it comes to ALL library policies. Collection development, meeting room policies, website design, user satisfaction analysis, usage metrics and all other library policies need to be antiracist, or they are racist. There is no in between.

So, when the library community says, “Libraries are for all!” We are really saying that they are also open for racists and other bigots. Bigots are NOT welcome in the antiracist library—ever.

Allowing racists, homophobes, and other bigots to meet at the library, or to even distribute ‘information’ by leaving material in the library creates a hostile environment for patrons and workers.

Antiracist libraries say, “Racists and other bigots are not welcome.” This makes clear that the library is not neutral—it is antiracist and it reinforces that the library sides with library workers and patrons who are marginalized by racism and other forms of bigotry.

Library patrons and worker rights to safety and not having to be terrorized by bigots are more important by the claims that hate speech and intimidation are forms of free speech. Antiracist libraries recognize this and are clear about it with their communities.

Libraries must decide if they are racist or antiracist. This disjunction is one of the most important questions of our time and impact ALL areas of the library world. If a library chooses to be antiracist, then it must live up to this ideal make it known that the library is the enemy of bigotry. It is your choice to make. Please choose wisely my Oregon library friends.

*Also published on #LowriderLibrarian on 11/4/2020

Please join us for another outstanding Librarians with Spines author showcase! This time we are doing something completely different! Librarians with spines editors, Max Macias and Yago Cura, along with designer extraordinaire Autumn Anglin will be interviewed by the Auraria Technical Services Division reading group! 

 The reading group has been reading Librarians with Spines Vol. 1 and will be sure to have some great questions for Autumn, Max and Yago. 

 The event takes place on Thursday, October 29th 2020 at 12pm PST. 

 Potential topics covered: Book publishing Editing Writing LIS And more 

Audience: LIS students Library workers Librarians BIPOC LIS students/Librarians/library workers/information professionals People interested in publishing Information professionals in general Others

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Librarians with Spines and Hinchas Press recognizes that the BIPOC and other oppressed library workers might be feeling stressed about the election, quarantine, the economy or other aspects that are the result of the times we are experiencing. 

We wish to offer support, empathy and strength to library workers and others who may feel the need for such support by providing a space for YOU!  If you are not a bigot, you are hereby invited to our Election Day and Post Election Day support sessions.

So, please join Librarians with Spines and Hinchas Press for a special Election Day Support session from 3-5 pm PST.

You can just come and talk, lurk, cry, give support, laugh, sing, or anything else you might want to do that is supportive and positive.

Session 1 

Here are the meeting details:

When Tue Nov 3, 2020 3pm – 5pm Pacific Time - Los AngelesJoining infoJoin Zoom Meeting portlandcc.zoom.us/j/99553357818... (ID: 99553357818, password: 724257)Join by phone(US) +1 253-215-8782Join using SIP99553357818@zoomcrc.com (passcode: 724257)Joining instructionsJoining notesPasscode: 724257 We will be having a Stressful Times Drop in Session Part Two on Thurs.  Here are those details: Session 2

When Thu Nov 5, 2020 3pm – 5pm Pacific Time - Los AngelesJoining infoJoin Zoom Meeting portlandcc.zoom.us/j/97230157954... (ID: 97230157954, password: 830664)Join by phone(US) +1 312-626-6799Join using SIP97230157954@zoomcrc.com (passcode: 830664)Joining instructionsJoining notesPasscode: 830664 We look forward to supporting and uplifting one another during these stressful times. Respectfully,  Max Macias 

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