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Oberlin Group of Libraries - Resources for Furthering Efforts for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our Libraries: Books

At the fall 2017 annual meeting of the Oberlin Group of Library Directors, a working group was established with the charge to help the Oberlin Group libraries become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations.

Books and Ebooks

In this book, the author "challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities...the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the near-monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leased to a biased set of search algorithms" (from the book jacket cover)

  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.  Mahzarin R. Banali and Anthony G. Greenwald.  New York : Bantam Books, 2016.  
    This book addresses the "hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality. This book questions the extent to which our perceptions of social groups -- without our awareness or conscious control -- shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people's character, abilities and potential. Biases based on experience are revealed with the Implicit Association Test."
  • The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity While Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work.  Laura Liswood.  Wiley. 2010.

"The tools, frameworks and parables in the book aim to offer a new vision, a new level of awareness, a new understanding of diversity. If the loudest duck in China gets shot, but the squeaky wheel in the U.S. gets the grease, there must be a way for the two different approaches to be appreciated and not unconsciously judged, especially as globalization continues to 'shrink' our world. This book details why those differences should be made conscious and why awareness of such issues should be embraced and harnessed to the benefit of all in order to create a workplace where no one is subtly advantaged or disadvantaged because of their diversity." (from author's website.)

  • Me and White Supremacy - a workbook. Layla F. Saad.  2018.  A free workbook. From the author's website: "following the same 28-prompt process, the Me and White Supremacy Workbook will lead you through a journey of personal reflection and deep shadow work.  The purpose of this workbook is to educate people with white privilege as to the internalized racism, and facilitate personal and collective change to help dismantle the oppressive system of white supremacy."
  • SPEC Kit 356: Diversity and Inclusion. Toni Anaya and Charlene Maxey-Harris. ARL, 2017.

"This SPEC Kit gathers information about current recruitment and retention strategies that aim to increase the number of minority librarians in research libraries, staff development programs that foster an inclusive workplace and climate, how diversity programs have changed, and how libraries assess these efforts. It includes examples of diversity goals, visions, and statements, committee charges, mentoring programs, research resources, and job descriptions." (from website)

  • Where are all the Librarians of Color? The Experiences of People of Color in Academia.  Edited by Rebecca Hankins, Miguel Juarez.  Library Juice Press. 2015.  The Oberlin Group of Directors read sections of this book prior to our annual meeting in Portland in 2017.
  • White Fragility: why it's so hard for White people to talk about racism.  Robin J. DiAngelo.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2018.  
    "In this groundbreaking and timely book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. -- Publisher's description." from OCLC record.  DiAngelo is also a featured speaker at ALA Midwinter in Seattle in January 2019.