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



Podcast Episodes

Episode 12 (released 01/31/23):
Librarians with Spines Part 1 with Autumn Anglin, Max Macias and Yago Cura

In Part 1 of this two-part episode, we talk to the creative team behind the Librarians With Spines book series calling for radical librarianship, Yago Cura, Max Macias and Autumn Anglin. This trio of "information agitators" share the origins of this series, the need for necessary boundary-pushing in the library profession, and the importance of having a strong support system when doing antiracism work.

Hear about the efforts that went into the design and creation of Vol. 3, released in fall of 2022, and get a sneak peek of what's next for this series of essays pushing for a new era of librarianship.  

Order Librarians with Spines v1, 2 & 3 here: https://www.hinchaspress.com/librarians-with-spines
Visit the Librarians with Spines Blog

Link to the EDI & Antiracism Toolkit 

Hosts: Constance Palaia & Ericka Brunson-Rochette
Date Recorded: December 23, 2022

Episode 11 (released 12/30/22)

Centering Equity in Oregon Libraries with Brandace Rojo and Eduardo Arizaga

*There were technical issues during the recording of this episode. We apologize for any minor disruptions*

In this episode, we talk with leadership from REFORMA Oregon about centering equity work as the foundation of library work, how to begin shifting Oregon library culture to better serve diverse communities as well as how a culture shift can support library workers of color. We also talk about how REFORMA Oregon supports EDI Antiracism work in the state and how this organization serves as a structure of support for library workers who identify as Latinx, speak Spanish or serve Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities. 

Brandace Rojo is the Current President of REFORMA Oregon and the Communications and Partnerships Manager at Josephine Community Library District.

Eduardo Arizaga is the Past President of REFORMA Oregon and the Community Engagement Manager at Multnomah County Library. REFORMA Oregon is a division of the Oregon Library Association as well as the Oregon chapter of REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, an affiliate of the American Library Association. REFORMA Oregon is a professional organization for librarians and library staff who serve the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities.

Hosts: LaRee Dominguez and Kristen Cure
Date Recorded: November 18, 2022

Episode 10 (released 11/30/22)
Libraries, Communities and Mentorship - Connecting the Dots with Loida Garcia-Febo

In this episode, we talk with Loida Garcia-Febo – a Puerto Rican American librarian, International Library Consultant expert in library services to diverse populations and human rights and the 2018-2019 President of the American Library Association – about the importance of getting out of the library and into communities, mentoring staff, in particular nurturing Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), and equipping all with empathy to better serve library communities. Trust is an important factor in doing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism work in libraries, as Garcia-Febo explains. Library staff need to work alongside community partners outside of the library to build that trust.

Hosts: Roxanne Renteria and Brittany Young
Date Recorded: September 20, 2022

Episode 9 (released 11/15/22)
School Librarians Creating a Culture of Reading and Inclusion while Navigating Challenges with K.C. Boyd, Pia Alliende & Andy Spinks

In this special episode, we talk with the School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year, K.C. Boyd, and the two  School Librarian of the Year finalists, Pia Alliende and Andy Spinks. Amid book challenges, political and cultural attempts to staunch access to books that reflect the history and lives of our youth, and funding cuts to school libraries, these courageous library heroes talk about their grit and determination to provide mirrors, inspiration, and access to information for all youth. Andy, K.C., and Pia discuss preparing for challenges, antiracist, and inclusive collection development, and how to keep our eyes on the prize of nurturing healthy, critical, curious youth and their successful transition to adulthood.

School Library Journal 2023 School Librarian of the Year Nominations are due December 5, 2022.

Hosts: Constance Palaia & Ericka Brunson-Rochette
Date Recorded: October 23, 2022

Putting "Friendly Places" on the Map with Roland Barksdale-Hall

In this episode, we talk with Roland Barksdale-Hall, Branch Manager at the Stey-Nevant Branch Library in Farrell, PA and an author, activist, historian, and griot. Our conversation touches on forging deep community connections, confronting biases, being true to oneself, active listening and making people feel seen, and the huge impact we can have on others. Roland shares his own inspiring story and the active work it took to truly become “the friendly place” in his community. The episode is full on concrete advice for library workers at every point in their career.

Date of Interview: August 19, 2022
Hosts: LaRee Dominguez and Meredith Farkas

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-Gregoryfacilitator 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

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Episode 5 (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

Episode 4 (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. 

Episode 3 (released 5/31/22)
Making Space for Accurate Representation with Dr. Debbie Reese
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

Date of Interview: April 1, 2022.   
Hosts: Ericka Brunson-Rochette & Kristen Curé

Episode 2 (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, (released 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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