Culture Conversations with REMCo

Exploring (de)Authenticity: Impact on PoC; Implications for Practice

Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm EDT

In this virtual roundtable/forum, we’ll discuss Kendrick’s nascent idea of deauthentication, consider its role in workplace identity, and share or reflect on how it’s implemented or how it impacts the work-lives and practices of Librarians of Color.

Learn more about Kendrick’s idea of deauthentication.

Consider taking a brief survey.

And bring your collegial and constructive ideas, concerns, and reflections to the forum.

*This is a forum presentation. Participants may be provided with additional question prompts and polls to facilitate discussion.

About the presenter:

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, MSLS is currently Associate Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. A graduate of the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies, Kendrick’s research interests include racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, professionalism, ethics, and the role of digital humanities in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations(Chicago: ACRL 2016) and author of Kaleidoscopic Concern: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of Diversity, Recruitment, Retention, and Other Concerns Regarding African American and Ethnic Library Professionals and Global Evolution: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of International Students in U.S. Academic Libraries (ACRL 2009, 2007).

What Are Microaggressions & Why Do They Matter in Our Workplaces?

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:00 am EDT

This webinar will define microaggressions and their impact and provide strategies for creating an inclusive work environment that helps to prevent microaggressions from occurring in the first place. The session will also include guidance on how to respond when someone has been microaggressive towards you.

About the Presenter

Endia Sowers Paige is the Pre-Law Advisor at the University of Georgia. She was previously the Outreach and Research Services Librarian at the University of Georgia, School of Law. She has also worked as a law librarian at George Mason University, Howard University, and the Law Library of Congress. Endia earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and her Master of Library Science and Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University. She is a member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL), where she serves on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Intro to African American Genealogy (Basic Genealogy I)

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:00 am EDT

African Americans face distinct challenges when trying to uncover their ancestors' stories. This class covers the basic steps for getting started on the journey to reconnecting with your rich heritage with Marcellaus Joiner of the Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library.

About the Presenter

Marcellaus A. Joiner is the Supervising Librarian for the Heritage Research Center for the High Point Public Library as well as the Archivist for the High Point Museum. His main area of focus is to coordinate collaborative efforts between HRC and Museum staff to create and implement digitization initiatives to facilitate online access to local history and genealogy materials in both collections. He holds a BA degree in History from North Carolina A&T State University and a Masters of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University. Marcellaus is currently a member of the Society of American Archivist, the American Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association, and the Society of North Carolina Archivist. He most recently served on the State Historical Records Advisory Board (2013-2016) and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Digital Library of American Slavery at UNCG. Previous experience consists of being the Digital Project Archivist for Thomas F. Holgate Library at Bennett College, Digital Project Manager for the Ensuring Democracy Project for the State Library of North Carolina, and Digital Archivist assistant for D.H. Hill Special Collections at North Carolina State University.

Awareness and Actions Towards an Inclusive Organization

Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 1:00pm EDT

Inclusion, or a sense of belonging, can only happen when peers and leadership alike take ownership of creating a collaborative environment where all employees, in particular, those from minoritized populations, are engaged. In this webinar, we will engage with organization development models for libraries. We will examine how libraries can be intentional regarding inclusion by actively engaging in inclusive behaviors and norms as a starting point for transforming a library’s organizational culture from unconscious exclusion to an intentional inclusive organization.

About the Presenter

Nikhat J. Ghouse is Associate Librarian for the Social Sciences to the College of Arts & Sciences and the Coordinator of the Diversity Alliance Residency Program at American University (AU). In addition to her Master’s in Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, she has earned a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from AU. As an independent, organization development consultant, she specializes in change management, diversity & inclusion, team development, and facilitation, particularly within academia. Nikhat’s research explores inclusive organizations utilizing the principles of organization development; as well as mentoring, and information literacy instruction, particularly to diverse and international student populations.