Hello ViMLoC members,
We hope you can join us for the upcoming event, "White spaces, Asian faces: Onboarding for racialized academic librarians," by Sabrina Wong and Ashley Manhas, on June 24, 2022 11:00 AM PST
/ 2:00 PM EST. Here are the details of the presentation and discussion.
Racialized librarians experience vocational awe and the consequences of how vocational awe plays out with their white colleagues. Namely, racialized librarians witness the inconsistencies between library values
and library practices (Ettarh, 2018). Through a series of vignettes, two racialized academic librarians, one mid-career and one early-career, will share their experiences and reflections on the hiring and onboarding of a racialized librarian at a predominantly
white institution. These vignettes illustrate the gaps in the existing recruitment and onboarding processes and how these institutional failures cause harm to both new and existing employees. While libraries and librarians have made commitments to diversifying
the field and decolonizing their teaching and external-facing practices, this attention has not been extended to inward-facing library policies and practices, as evidenced by the recent research on bureaucracy in libraries (Nataraj, Hampton, Matlin & Meulemans,
2020). The presenters pose areas for further investigation into onboarding practices for racialized librarians and propose that libraries treat onboarding not as a checklist but as a practice to intentionally retain BIPOC librarians.
Community Engagement Librarian (Program Services)
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre | UBC Library
Subject liaison: Library,
Archival, and Information Studies
Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
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