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Call Number Episode 59: Talking about Race

In Call Number with American Libraries looks at efforts to move forward the conversations about race and racism in the United States. American Libraries Managing Editor Terra Dankowski speaks with Emmanuel Acho, sports analyst for Fox News and former NFL linebacker (and recent ), about his YouTube series and subsequent book Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. Next, American Libraries Senior Editor and Call Number host Phil Morehart speaks with Jessica Bratt, youth services manager at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library, about the Let’s Talk about Race toolkit she created for librarians....

AL: The Scoop, Feb. 16, Jan. 24

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ALA is again accepting applications for  a grant initiative that will distribute nearly $2 million to libraries. Library workers will complete a free ALA e-course on basic facilitation skills, host at least one conversation with community members on a chosen topic, and receive $3,000 to support community engagement efforts. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, including staff time and collections and technology purchases. Library workers may by March 4....

Programming Librarian, Jan. 7

Lorentino Noceo, Bernard Fontana, and Frank Lopez discussing the reconstruction of a brush house and ramada at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum as part of the original Doris Duke Native American Oral History Project. (Photo courtesy of Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona, photo by Helga Teiwes)

A major effort is getting underway at several universities, tribal museums, and libraries around the US to digitize the oral histories of thousands of Native Americans that were collected a half century ago as part of a project initiated by the late philanthropist Doris Duke. The New York–based Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced February 9 that it has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to help with the translation, transcription, and indexing of the recordings so they can be accessible to Native communities, students, and the wider public....

AP News, Feb. 9

ALA news releases

TCCL Remembers: Commemorating Tulsa's Race Massacre (brochure cover)

To commemorate the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Tulsa (Okla.) City-County Library is hosting author events, panel discussions, a curated exhibit titled “TCCL Remembers: Commemorating Tulsa’s Race Massacre with Education, Empathy, and Healing,” and more leading up to the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial in May. Beginning in February, a variety of virtual programs are scheduled to educate and promote healing and empathy by increasing historical and political awareness of Tulsa’s history. ....

Tulsa City-County Library, Jan. 14

Screenshot of Slavery & the University of Virginia School of Law website

The library at University of Virginia School of Law has launched exploring the history of the school’s connections to slavery. Slavery was part of the fabric of life at the school since its founding in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, a slaveholder himself. Special Collections Librarian  of the  led the effort to create content for the site, which was built entirely by library staff....

University of Virginia School of Law, Feb. 8

In late 2019, Stanford Libraries organized two community events that brought some of Silicon Valley’s Black pioneers together for an afternoon of storytelling. Attendees included San Jose community organizer Queen Ann Cannon, pictured here talking with Carl Davis Jr., president of the Black Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. In the background is the entrepreneur Danny Allen and Janie Jensen. The event was recorded for the archive. (Image
credit: Chris Cotton)

While a number of extraordinary Black Americans have helped transform Silicon Valley into a global hub of high-tech industry and innovation, their lives, stories, and accomplishments have been largely absent from public record. A new archive at Stanford Libraries hopes to change that. Set to launch later this year, the “Histories of African Americans in Silicon Valley” will ensure that the experiences of Black Americans who lived and worked in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area are represented in the annals of history....

Stanford University News, Feb. 11

Latest Library Links

Cover of Oregon Library Association EDI and Antiracism Toolkit

Max Macias writes: “It is with great excitement and honor that the Oregon Library Association's Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism present the OLA EDI Antiracism Toolkit! You can download a copy at the  website, or the  website. A paper copy of this toolkit will be distributed to every library in Oregon. They will also receive a digital copy to print and share with staff.”...

Lowrider Librarian, Feb. 12

Yellow and black triangular caution sign

Suzanne LaPierre writes: “One of my colleagues used to say: ‘We get to work in the candy store.’ Indeed, many outside the profession may read the title of this article and joke: Health hazards of librarianship? Like what, paper cuts or falling off book ladders? However, as the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light, there are health risks entailed by all front-line workers, as well as some more specific to library employees. Professional ethics, as outlined by the , include a duty to ‘advocate conditions of employment that safeguard the rights and welfare of all employees of our institutions.’ The purpose of this article is to highlight some issues to be considered when it comes to that pledge.”...

Public Libraries Online, Feb. 15

Chart: Trust in information sources at record lows (Edelman Trust Barometer 2021)

Adam Symson writes: “Where we are now is an increasingly digital world that makes it harder than ever to distinguish verified facts and objective journalism from opinion, propaganda, and even total fiction. Or, as recently termed by the Edelman Trust Barometer’s , we’re currently in an ‘environment of information bankruptcy.’ To understand how insidious a problem we face, we need to recognize the dilemma where social media throws gas on the burning fire that is disinformation.”...

Fast Company, Feb. 10

Call Number podcast

Illustration: Yellow hair and flag tie with empty head space and Twitter bird for a mouth (Image: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay)

The National Security Archive et. al. v. Donald J. Trump et. al. lawsuit, filed December 1, 2020, achieved a formal litigation hold on White House records that lasted all the way through the transition and Inauguration Day, the preservation of controversial WhatsApp messages, and a formal change in White House records policy....

National Security Archive, Feb. 11

Tired woman rests her head on her laptop (Photo: Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels)

Academic library director Joe Hardenbrook writes: “I come from a working-class family. As I was approaching the end of my MLIS program and job hunting, I was perplexed by this all-day academic librarian interview thing. I kept thinking: It takes the library all day to figure out if they want to hire someone? Then it was explained to me: The all-day interview is really just a series of shorter interviews with different groups of people, who often ask you the same question.”...

Mr. Library Dude, Feb. 12

Covers of Meeting Mimi and My Ocean is Blue

Caroline Bologna writes: “It’s important for children to feel represented in the books they read. It’s also important for books to expose children to the beautiful diversity of our world. This includes the varying abilities and disabilities around the globe. To promote inclusivity and representation, we’ve rounded up 53 books featuring characters with disabilities.”...

Huffington Post, Feb. 3

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