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Overdue: Weeding Out Oppression in Libraries
Podcast Series, Launched 3/31/22
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism (EDIA) Committee                 




Facilitating EDI Conversations with Leah Larson, Nicole Rawlinson & Priya Charry

In this episode, we talk with librarians Nicole Rawlinson, Pryia Charry & Leah Larson about the intricacies of navigating conversations around equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The trio emphasizes the importance of holding space for conversation, the challenges of doing so as marginalized individuals, and why libraries should be working on the retention, not just hiring of BIPOC employees.

Date of Interview: July 25, 2022
Hosts: Brittany Young and Ericka Brunson-Rochette

This discussion was inspired by a presentation led by these three at the 2022 Public Library Association conference entitled, "Facilitating EDI Conversations in Professional Settings and Public Programming."
How Bias, Power and Privilege Show Up in Libraries with Christina Fuller-Gregory - facilitator of the Libraries of Eastern Oregon EDI Cohort, and principal consultant with Fuller Potential Consulting - offers advice for library workers faced with inequity, micro-aggressions, and racism in the workplace.  The experiences are true, and they are curated from library workers across Oregon and the U.S.  

Date of Interview: June 15, 2022
Hosts: Ericka Brunson-Rochette and Melissa Anderson

Questions and inquiries for Fuller Potential Consulting can be emailed to
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5th Episode (released 7/29/22)
Mentoring and Developing the Profession with Tracie D. Hall
In this episode, we talk with Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director of the American Library Association, about how diversifying library staff is essential to the future of the library profession and how individuals can advocate for themselves and find opportunities to work with mentors or to mentor others. Hall discusses how her own background and experiences have shaped her view of library work, as well as the critical role that history, the arts, and libraries play in our communities.   

Short disclaimer added to this one because there were technical issues during the recording of this episode. We apologize for any minor disruptions.

Date of Interview: July 25, 2022
Hosts: Ericka Brunson-Rochette and Melissa Anderson

4th Episode (released 6/30/22)
Advocating for Marginalized Community Through Outreach with Star Khan. In this episode, we talk with Star Khan, Outreach Services Librarian at Driftwood Public Library, about outreach as a core library service,how she sees herself and her work as part of a larger community, and the role that outreach plays in equity work. Since the recording of this interview, Star was elected as the incoming 2022-2023 OLA President, to begin in August. Date of Interview: May 18, 2022. Hosts: Max Macias and Kristen Curé. 

3rd Episode released (5/31/22).
Making Space for Accurate Representation with Dr. Debbie Reese
Date of Interview: April 1, 2022.    Hosts: Ericka Brunson-Rochette & Kristen Curé
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Debbie Reese – Nambé Pueblo writer, scholar, and author of the American Indians in Children’s Literature blog – about her work, the importance of accurate representation in literature for children, and what library workers can do to support Native children with collection development, displays, cataloging, and more.American Indians in Children’s Literature: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com

2nd Episode released (4/29/22), Staff Training, Tool-kit Implementation, and Barriers to EDI in Library Settings, Guest:  Adrienne Doman Calkins and Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney 
[Hosts:  Brittany Young and Yeli Boots]

Inaugural Episode, (3/31/22): EDI and Antiracism in Libraries: A Toolkit for Success, Guest Marci Ramiro-Jenkins [Hosts: Pia Alliende and Max Macias]

* Special thanks to Krista Neth for her editing of sound for the podcast episod



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