Statement Against Racism, Harassment, and Discrimination in the Library Profession

Recently, a librarian shared her experiences at the American Library Association (ALA) Conference after she was verbally attacked by a white colleague at an ALA meeting.  This happened during a public Council meeting and was not dealt with during the Council meeting.  A summary of what happened, from the African-American Councillor’s perspective, can be read in its entirety here.

The recent events at the ALA Council are at the very least disturbing. Events such as these only confirm that it is not enough that libraries and library associations spout their commitment to diversity with a statement on their websites. More needs to be done. It is not just about demographics, it is about true integration. Until libraries and associations show that they can and are operationalizing diversity at every level, and make diversity a part of librarianship, instead of an add-on, these events will continue to occur.

A number of associations, including the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian and Pacific American Library Association (APALA), Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA), REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking), ACRL, and ARL, among others, have issued statements against racism and discrimination.  Their statements can be found here:

To our dear colleagues regardless of your race or ethnicity, it is not enough if you speak of the value of diversity. Mean it. Stand up for your colleagues. Your silence does not make diversity problems disappear. And don’t place the burden of diversity on diverse groups alone (Schmidt, 2019).


Schmidt, J. (2019). “Perspectives: White Fragility and Privilege in Librarianship”. Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship 4 (January), 1-7.

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Saskatchewan Libraries Conference 2019 (May 2-3, 2019)


The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is a province-wide organization designed to further the development of library service in Saskatchewan. The vision of SLA is to build an engaged library and information community that is an active force in Saskatchewan’s social, economic, and cultural development.

SLA supports the activities of all Saskatchewan libraries, including school, public, academic, and special libraries.  In 2019 the SLA Conference is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on May 2 and May 3

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Makerspace Librarian – Full Time Continuing

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a Makerspace Librarian.

Reporting to the Head of Access Services, this full-time continuing position will develop and provide the services of the new SFU Library Maker and Media Commons, with the goal of fostering creative educational communities and practices.  The SFU Library Maker and Media Commons is a new facility that is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2019.  The incumbent will be an entrepreneurial and innovative individual with excellent communication and collaboration skills, and will play a crucial role in setting the course and direction of the Maker and Media Commons.

The incumbent’s areas of responsibility will include program, service and technology planning and provision; promotion and outreach to students and faculty; liaison with librarians and Library Systems, Facilities, and other staff; selection, training and mentoring of student staff; and liaising with academic departments, university units, external partners, and student groups.

This position will be attractive to an adaptable, individual with a user-centered focus; one who is highly motivated to learn and embrace new technologies and provide services to faculty and students in support of creative, transformative scholarship and education.


We acknowledge the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for the past 20 years, Simon Fraser University has also been consistently named one of British Columbia’s Top Employers in recent years, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers, and one of Canada’s top family-friendly employers.  SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main, WAC Bennett Library is located on the Burnaby campus, while the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library is on the Vancouver campus, and Fraser Library is at SFU Surrey.

The SFU Library is known for the development and implementation of innovative technology, leadership in Open Access, and excellent in-person and online user services. We serve an ethnically diverse student population, most of whom live off-campus and work part-time while attending university.  SFU Library collaborates broadly with other institutions through membership in the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and regional consortia.  For more information, see our web site at .

The SFU Library commits to a continuous process of transformation to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice.  The Library’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion provides more information.


  • In collaboration with University stakeholders, develop a vision for the Maker and Media Commons that is community-based, transformative, interdisciplinary, and aligned with SFU Library’s Strategic Plan;
  • In coordination with the Head of Access Services, plan, create, advocate for, deliver, and promote sustainable makerspace resources and services aligned to the interests and needs of students and faculty;
  • Coordinate all aspects of services and use of facilities for the Maker and Media Commons;
  • Liaise and collaborate with a wide variety of individuals and groups within the library, at the university, and in the community;
  • Develop, coordinate and maintain policies, services, and training for users of media applications, 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, letterpress and other equipment;
  • Supervise student staff, including selecting, training, managing, and mentoring;
  • Develop effective outreach and engagement strategies for SFU and external makerspace users;
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan;
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.



  • MLIS or equivalent from an accredited institution;
  • Experience with some combination of video and audio production, 3D printing technology, or DIY electronics and related tools;
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering instruction for individuals and groups from varied experiential and educational backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership and community-building;
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, adapt, and work effectively in a collegial team environment;
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds;
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both orally and written.


  • Degree or coursework in Digital Media, Computing Science, Digital Humanities, or other relevant field of study;
  • Demonstrated awareness of trends in research libraries and post-secondary education;
  • Demonstrated technological literacy, preferably through experience working in makerspace or media production environments;
  • Experience developing and promoting services aligned with academic curriculum;
  • Experience recruiting, training, and supervising student staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and coordinate projects;
  • Experience in grant-writing or advocacy for new and innovative projects.


This is a full time continuing Librarian position, beginning as soon as possible.

Librarians are members of the SFU Faculty Association. Terms, conditions and benefits of employment are outlined in the Collective Agreement:

The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. SFU Librarian salary scales can be viewed here

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see:


To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter and curriculum vitae by 9:00 AM PDT on February 19, 2019 to:

Susie Smith                                                                         Phone: 778-782-4658

Library Management Office                                        Fax: 778-782-3023

W.A.C. Bennett Library                                                  Email:

Simon Fraser University



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Call for Papers: The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI)–Special Issue “Engaging Disability: Social Science Perspectives on Information and Inclusion”

Call for Papers:
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI)–Special Issue
“Engaging Disability: Social Science Perspectives on Information and Inclusion”
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI) invites submissions for a special issue focused on social scientific perspectives on information and disability inclusion and empowerment. We welcome full research papers that make a novel contribution to this area of research; this may be empirical, theory-based, methodological, and/or practical in nature, and we encourage international perspectives and collaborations. We will also have a special section for student work, works in progress, opinion pieces, and professional reports.
Extended abstracts of up to 1,000 words for full research papers and up to 500 words for contributions to the special section are due by 30 November 2018 via email to Authors will be notified of acceptance in mid-December, and final papers will be due by 1 April 2019.
We seek submissions from different disciplines and perspectives for this special issue of IJIDI. The goal of this special issue is to bring together researchers who focus specifically on Engaging Disability. Topics and themes related to disability and information access may include, but will not be limited to:
• Physical, intellectual, and socio-cultural barriers and supports related to disability, information access, and inclusion
• Analysis of international information policy considerations of disability
• Hidden/invisible/latent disability
• Engaging and including disability in libraries, museums, archives, and other information organizations
• Disability and employment in LIS
• Disability and higher education in LIS
• Faculty and librarians with disabilities: Is technology inclusive or exclusive?
• Accessibility and usability (broadly conceived)
• Children and youth with disabilities in the context of information concepts
• Intersectionality and disability: Exploring multiple identities
• The disability culture: Information and technology issues
Kim M. Thompson of the University of South Carolina will be guest editor for this issue, which is scheduled for publication in October 2019. Please contact should you have any questions about this call. IJIDI Author Guidelines are available at:
Schedule: Call for Papers: October 2018 Extended Abstracts due: 30 November 2018 (with notification of acceptance by mid-December 2018) Accepted Papers due: 1 April 2019 Peer Review: April 2019 Revised Papers due: 1 July 2019 Publication: October 2019 (issue 4)
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IDEAL ’19: Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives to Be Held August 6-7, 2019

1.jpgDo you believe that diversity and inclusion are essential to personal and organizational excellence in the library and archives professions?
Are you doing groundbreaking research on diversity– and inclusion-related topics and want to share it with your colleagues on an international platform?
Mark your calendar for IDEAL ’19 to be held Tuesday–Wednesday, August 6–7, 2019, on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. A call for presentations, posters, and scholarships will follow in February 2019.
IDEAL, formerly the National Diversity in Libraries Conference, aims to foster awareness and appreciation of workplace diversity issues through the exploration of exemplary practice, contemporary theory, thought leadership, and strategy development for all those in the academic and public library, archives, and museum sectors.
IDEAL ’19 will provide an opportunity for professionals at every level and across sectors to discuss how increasing workplace diversity and creating an inclusive workplace environment improves organizational effectiveness, creativity, adaptability, and relevance to the communities served by the organization.
As a result of participating in IDEAL ’19, attendees will be able to:
  • Articulate the value of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in academic and public libraries and archives
  • Develop a robust strategy for workplace diversity and inclusion that aligns with organizational or community missions
  • Explore strategies for creating globally inclusive and culturally competent professions
  • See inclusion as a gateway to organizational excellence, social responsibility, and community engagement
  • Contribute to conversations about measuring the effectiveness of efforts to create inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplaces and communities
Sign up to receive email updates about IDEAL ’19.
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Navigating Law Librarianship While Black: A Week in the Life of a Black Female Law Librarian

The ideal work environment provides a sense of purpose and validation. Inevitably, however, unconscious or implicit biases permeate the workplace because we all have them. These biases can be based on race, age, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, physical disability, and other characteristics. Implicit bias in the workplace can “stymie diversity, recruiting and retention efforts, and unknowingly shape an organization’s culture.”3 People of color, in particular, experience challenges as a result of racial microaggressions in the workplace.

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Soliciting performance, hiding bias: Whiteness and librarianship

Despite the growing body of research on our professional demographics and multi-year diversity initiatives, librarianship in the United States remains overwhelmingly white. I suggest the interview process is a series of repetitive gestures designed to mimic and reinforce white middle-class values, which ultimately influence the hiring decisions—and relative lack of diversity—of librarianship as a whole. I consider how the whiteness of librarianship may manifest long before the hiring process. By identifying and interrogating the body of white, middle-class values inherent to both librarianship and professional job searching, I offer suggestions to encourage an authentically diverse pool of applicants.

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