Arvind Singh is the chair of the OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Committee and works at the Hamilton Public Library.
They may be small, but they have a mighty impact! Small, rural and medium-sized libraries are doing their part to ensure the communities they support have a wonderful holiday season.
A library is “a building housing a collection of books available to the public.” Isn’t it? After thirty-five years, my ideas about libraries as places have evolved to include spaces for browsing, discovering and relaxing.
Language is an enactment of power. What it means to make choices on what I say and how I say it, affects those in the classrooms I teach in.
It seems entirely proper that people about whom the words are used can also have a say in how they like to be described and referred to.
For those of our colleagues with another first language, learning library jargon in English can sometimes mean getting disconnected from your mother tongue.
As members of the OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, we choose our words carefully.
We all have something to say but not always the opportunity, experience or technical expertise to share our ideas out to the OLA community.
We at Open Shelf want to learn more about how Ontario libraries will honour Indigenous languages in 2019.
When I think back to my early understandings of race, I recall being five years old and passing some older boys who spat on me ...
Humans have created numerous theoretical lenses to give order to and make sense of the world.
As for librarians of colour, a focus on whiteness is very beneficial. I found this true for myself and I got a great response from librarians of colour.
A lack of editorial guidelines is problematic, particularly when making decisions as to whether a given article should be published or not (i.e., censored).