[Libs-Or] The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion issue of the OLA Quarterly is now available! Guest Editor: Elaine Hirsch
meredith.farkas at pcc.edu
Fri Nov 1 14:03:52 PDT 2019
Thanks Max and Gesse. I was also deeply disappointed to see this article
included in *OLA Quarterly*, a journal many of us have contributed to over
the years with thoughtful and constructive writing. I want to second
Gesse's suggestion that *OLA Quarterly's* editorial team publicly address
this in some way in their next issue (or a future issue if that's not
feasible). I also hope that they will develop some editorial standards that
guide guest editors in making solid decisions about what to include in an
issue. I wrote a letter to the editor with my concerns
about this piece and I know others have as well.
Also, ALA has kindly made the text of Dr. Debbie Reese's Arbuthnot Honor
Lecture available to everyone
<https://journals.ala.org/index.php/cal/article/view/7101>, and I encourage
you to read her thoughtful remarks and come to your own conclusions about
them rather than relying on Ms. McNeil's second-hand account.
Kudos to the other authors of pieces in *OLA Quarterly*. There is so much
practical, thoughtful, earnest, and valuable content in this issue and it's
a shame that it is playing second fiddle to such an inflammatory closing
piece. I urge you all to read the other articles in the issue.
Meredith Farkas, Faculty Librarian, Library SAC Chair
Portland Community College Library, Sylvania Campus
meredith.farkas at pcc.edu
On Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 12:09 PM Gesse Stark-Smith <gesses at multco.us> wrote:
> Hi All,
> Thank you, Max, for bringing this to our listserv's attention and
> courageously pointing out the bias in Ms. McNeil's article.
> I'm also confused about the inclusion of this piece in the EDI issue. In
> the introduction to the issue, the guest editor Elaine Hirsch writes: "This
> issue shares the important work that a wide variety of libraries are doing
> to help create equitable and inclusive communities in Oregon." Ms. McNeil's
> article does not share important work that is happening to make libraries
> more inclusive, rather it shares the perspective of an individual who is
> struggling with these concepts and critiquing those who are doing this
> important work. (As Max has pointed out, BIOPOC are so often told what they
> can/cannot say in these and so many other spaces.) This is a pervasive
> perspective in our society and not one that needs an additional
> platform--especially in an issue with the above stated purpose.
> I'm wondering if the editors of the OLA quarterly plan to address this.
> Perhaps, by publishing a letter to the editor or a future article on this
> topic? Please keep me posted.
> Gesse Stark-Smith
> On Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 12:01 PM Max Macias <max.macias at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Except for the article by Heather McNeil, in which they attack indigenous
>> scholar Dr. Debbie Reese and other scholars who are doing anti-racist work!
>> In fact, I find it deeply offensive to be spoken down to by a white woman
>> of privilege about how to do EDI and anti-racist work 'right.'
>> Or maybe that article is written for white people,,,?
>> I'm confused.
>> Your article belittled Dr. Reese and others in the field who have moved
>> beyond begging for inclusion and also moved beyond the corpus of
>> traditionally white racist literature for children in the US. This
>> literature does much to reproduce the racism that permeates our country.
>> We are in dire need of AUTHENTIC representation and AUTHENTIC critiques of
>> the traditionally white racist literature that we swim in and were raised
>> within. The best people to do these critiques are BIPOC and people from
>> other oppressed groups. Your article is an attack on these scholars.
>> Dr. Reese's groundbreaking work is a harbinger of what is to come.
>> BIPOC are constantly told how they should speak, behave, think and
>> believe by white people and those days are now numbered...
>> This article is disturbing, offensive and racist.
>> It is sad because there are some other really good articles in this
>> Max Macias
>> On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 7:08 AM Max Macias <max.macias at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Great work Everyone.
>>> Thank you!
>>> On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 6:23 PM Charles Wood <wuchakewu at gmail.com>
>>>> The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion issue of the OLA Quarterly is now
>>>> available! The Guest Editor is Elaine Hirsch, Associate Director of Watzek
>>>> Library at Lewis & Clark College and our current OLA President. Please
>>>> download and read it here:
>>>> This year EDI is a specific area of focus for the Oregon Library
>>>> Association, and there will be many opportunities for OLA members to engage
>>>> in related efforts and conversations. The best place to start is to read
>>>> this issue! See if you know someone who wrote about their EDI work! :)
>>>> UX note: The links in this issue may work better if the reader
>>>> downloads it into an Adobe DC Reader. The table of contents is clickable.
>>>> Best wishes,
>>>> Charles Wood
>>>> OLA Communications
> Gesse Stark-Smith
> Community Outreach Librarian
> Multnomah County Library
> gesses at multco.us
> Pronouns: She/Her
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