We at Open Shelf want to learn more about how Ontario libraries will honour Indigenous languages in 2019.
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.
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).
Do you love the library world of ideas, activities, trends, and issues? Would you like to work as a member of a creative team that…
It all started in the fall of 2017. Teens from the nearby high school mysteriously started appearing at one of our small branch library locations over the lunch hour. Week by week, the group grew, and so did the noise and food … and the sidelong looks from adult customers.
It is challenging enough to work on a project with a team based within the same organization. Now imagine doing so in a fully remote or virtual setting with colleagues representing a number of different library systems.