The College Fix thecollegefix.com 06 Jan, 2021 05:45 am

TRENDING: Libraries, called too white, are being decolonized

TRENDING: Libraries, called too white, are being decolonized
‘Whiteness … has permeated every aspect of librarianship.'

“Libraries in this country have always been white,” Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science Professor Suzanne Stauffer told The College Fix in an email.Particular emphasis is placed on the field of library and information science and librarianship as a profession,” the introduction reads.One of the sources to which the bibliography links is a journal article called “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in [Library and Information Science].Nicole Cooke, an associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina, wrote in Publishers Weekly last month that efforts to “Decolonize the Library” in general are an important part of the future.

“Public and school libraries in particular have been a means of assimilation into white American middle-class culture.” Another paper that criticizes the whiteness of libraries is Stauffer’s paper, “Libraries Are the Homes of Books: Whiteness in the Construction of School Libraries.

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