We envisioned this year’s July issue to be an inaugural attempt at creating a contributor-driven “unconference issue.” And while this month’s issue is a compact one, I think its contents speak to the spirit of an unconference—user-driven conversations and knowledge-sharing that span a wide range of topics, media and scope, engaged with at our own pace.
This month we have a special issue on language and power. Co-curated by Jennifer Brown, Tracy Munusami and John Pateman, this collection of stories and opinion pieces reflects a varied understanding of how the words we use impact our relationships with language and each other.
We have contributions from folks in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Plus, we have some “calls” for OLA members: To share their projects for the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages (2019) and to join us for our “editorial hackathon” at Super Conference 2019.
Our thanks to our guest editors for suggesting this important topic and bringing together the following rich variety of voices and perspectives (in the order the articles appear in the magazine):
- From the editor(s): Words matter
- Editorial guidelines: A statement of principles (Martha Attridge Bufton)
- Inclusive librarianship: On whiteness (Isabel Espinal)
- Sharing our words, transforming our relationships (Rashed Ahmad, Mandissa Arlain,Valentina Ly, Arvind Singh and Tara Zarrin)
- Language and power in the academic library classroom (Sajni Lacey)
- Racialized is the new Black, and Brown and … (Dreeni Geer)
- It’s Elementary: Making room for diverse voices in our school libraries
- Carro, transporta libros or book truck: Navigating library stacks in two languages
(Martha Attridge Bufton and Isaac Fierro)
- What the … [add library superlative language here]? (Ken Williment)
- Political correctness and society—have we really gone mad? (John Vincent)
- UNESCO Year of Indigenous languages: What are you doing?
- Super Conference 2019: Unleash your inner editor
As always, we hope you enjoy the show!