Systemic Racism in Pollak Library

  • Over the last five years, two BIPOC tenure-track librarians have left because of racism.
  • Over the last five years, three BIPOC library staff (two African-American men and one Asian-American woman) have left or retired early because of racism.
  • Over the past two years, proposals for Latinx murals and branding have been ignored or quashed because of racism.
  • Last year, a tenured female Asian-American Librarian was involuntarily removed from the Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee after speaking out about racism in library administration hiring practices.

There are far more examples, but we limit ourselves to these four summary statements of fact.

Pollak Library is out of alignment with our campus values and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and faculty rights.

How Libraries Can Learn Not to Hate Commencement

This op-ed was published earlier today in the CSU Fullerton student newspaper, the Daily Titan.

Back in the pre-digital age, when university libraries bought physical resources, graduating students knew that the university library collections would continue to be there for them. Even if it meant a trip back to campus, that reservoir of curated knowledge would always be available to enjoy.

These days, graduating students are sadly, abruptly and completely cut off from most of the digital resources that we librarians work so hard to supply and teach students how to use.

How did this happen? How have libraries learned to hate commencement?

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Black Collections Matter: Call for a 10% Library Budget Pledge to Support African-American Academic Publishing

Systemic and institutional racism is an enormous problem in academic publishing, and this thoroughly infects libraries as well. Charlotte Roh’s 2018 CARL presentation and accompanying slides should be mandatory reading in this regard, and her citations lead out to lots of other important and relevant scholarly articles and reports. So if you haven’t read Roh’s work, please stop and do so now.

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