Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Using anti-racist instruction to provide services to users affected by incarceration

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Librarianship is grappling with how structural oppression manifests and is furthered through the profession. This is occurring at a moment when the impact of policing and incarceration on people in the United States has reached a critical saturation. Over 2 million people in the US are currently incarcerated, the majority of whom are people of color, and many as a result of the manifestations of structural racism in American society. While services to incarcerated populations have traditionally been the focus of special libraries, it is imperative that academic librarians recognize how mass incarceration affects their users. By raising awareness of the racialized issue of mass incarceration in America, we will attempt to make visible a population that has been thus far underserved by academic librarians: incarcerated people and those affected by incarceration. This presentation will use an anti-racist framework, based in critical theory, to discuss our existing work in public libraries and library school programs and provide tools to instruction librarians for developing services to this population in their own environments.
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to: 1) explain how policing and incarceration affect academic library users, 2), describe two existing programs that provide services to people who are incarcerated, 3) reflect on the opportunities for incorporating services to incarcerated people into your library setting, and 4) implement an anti-racist framework into your instruction.

Thursday July 23, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm AST
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