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Special Interest Group Meeting Notes: EDI SIG 9/21/2022

Notes from the most recent meetings of special interest groups at Southeastern

Notes

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council: Equity Diversity and Inclusion Special Interest Group September 21, 2022

Meeting lead by Morgan Strand (Nyack Library – Teen Specialist) and Tracy Dunstan (Nyack Library – Head of Adult Services)

Short clip shownThat Little Voice

Topics Covered: Censorship & Mentorship

Censorship

  • What are silencers attempting to silence?
    • Not just voices, but information
    • Control what we think
    • Do not want to be questioned
    • Voicing superiority
    • Highlight one perspective or narrative
  • What can we as library workers do to ensure all voices are heard?
    • Post mission statement in multiple languages
    • Model listening to all
    • Make our collections diverse
    • Make our programming diverse

Mentoring

  • Why is mentoring important?
    • It allows you to see someone who looks like you in your role and gives you the opportunity to express yourself to someone who will understand how you feel.
  • How can mentoring go badly?
    • Mentor or mentee may not put in the effort the other is giving
    • Mentor may try to keep the status quo
  • How can mentoring help with EDI?
    • Reciprocal learning
      • Having conversations, looking at processes and policies they abide by
      • Not necessarily a formal mentorship
        • Workers can draw strength from other colleagues who are supportive and positive

Highlighted Reading

  • Do the Work!: An Antiracist Activity Book by W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz

NYLA

Next meeting January 2023

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
21 South Elting Corners Road | Highland, NY 12528
Phone: (845) 883-9065
www.senylrc.org