Asian Pacific American Librarians Association President's Program: Community Driven Justice in Our Work: Library and Archival Workers of Color Advocating for Self-Preservation, Solidarity, Change and Justice in Communities, Workplace and in the Profession at Large
Asian American Studies Librarian/ Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library
Racing to contain COVID-19, with increasing anti-Asian racism, xenophobia and racial injustice, 2020 was full of upheavals and global challenges. This year’s APALA Presidential theme is Activism and Advocacy. What are library workers and archivists doing to foster community advocacy and anti-racism? How are they partnering with organizations in combating racial injustice and xenophobia, and documenting the moments and experiences to bear witness to the converging crises for a better future? What about self advocacy in our experiences during these challenging times? Co-sponsored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Social Responsibility Round Table (SRRT) and the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), the APALA President’s Program will center on these key issues and questions in a panel discussion. Panelists will highlight their work on critical partnerships with community advocacy groups and how they promote solidarity to dismantle white supremacy, combat racism and xenophobia, and advocate for Asian/Pacific American and Black communities at large. This is an ongoing conversation.