Faculty and Alumni Published in Latest Issue of Library Trends

Congratulations to our faculty and alumni featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Library Trends, “Race and Ethnicity in Library and Information Science: An Update.”

SLIS assistant professor Dr. Miriam Sweeney published “Are We Still Transmitting Whiteness? A Case Study of a Southern, Rural Library’s Youth Collections” with Meredith E. Wickham (MLIS ’16), director of the First Regional Library System in north Mississippi. This article contains a case study of a rural, southern library and analyzes whether or not Whiteness pervades the library’s youth collections. Wickham and Sweeney argue that library collections are sites of social power and this understanding should shape collection development, especially in small, rural public libraries.

SLIS adjunct instructor Jaena Alabi (MLIS ’06), a reference and instruction librarian at Auburn University, contributed “From Hostile to Inclusive: Strategies for Improving the Racial Climate of Academic Libraries.” In the article, Alabi argues that despite initiatives to increase diversity within LIS, there has been little improvement, especially in academic libraries.  Her article discusses possible steps white academic librarians can take to include their colleagues of color, as well as to address and prevent the myriad racial microaggressions they face every day.

Makiba J. Foster, (MLIS ’07) assistant chief librarian at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, wrote “Navigating Library Collections, Black Culture, and Current Events,” in which she discussed the Schomburg Center’s efforts to use their archival collection to educate visitors about the historical roots of modern discussions of race, especially the difficulties and danger of traveling while Black.