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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                 

 

 

Season 2, Episode 10: Librarians of Color Advocating for Youth
with Ayn Reyes Frazee and Mai Takahashi

In this episode, we hear from Ayn Reyes Frazee and Mai Takahashi, co-chairs of the newly formed EDI Committee of ALSC (Association of Library Services to Children, a division of ALA). Frazee, who serves as current president of the Oregon Association of School Libraries, is a high school librarian in Portland and was a 2019 ALSC Equity and Diversity Fellow. Takahashi is a youth services librarian at the Seattle Public Library, working closely with Seattle’s Indigenous community and with local nonprofits that serve currently and formerly incarcerated people and their families. She was a 2020 ALSC Equity and Diversity Fellow.

The duo discusses the formation of the committee from the viewpoint of BIPOC library staffers serving diverse communities, and the career paths and advocacy for youth that led them to these positions. We hear their vision for the on-going scope of work ahead in the effort to bring more voices to the table. 

Hosts: Ericka Brunson-Rochette & Constance Palaia
Date of Interview: January 16, 2024

 

OVERDUE S2, Episode 9: Navigating Support Systems When Under Fire
with Nichelle M. Hayes

We are joined in this episode by Nichelle M. Hayes, MPA, MLS, founding director of the Center for Black Literature & Culture, and former CEO (Interim) of the Indianapolis Public Library, and current President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). 

Hayes shares her background in human resources with us as she discusses ways that HR departments can help library organizations become more inclusive, diverse, and supportive of BIPOC library staff. She brings concrete suggestions for how HR departments and, by extension, library directors can advance EDI from theory to practice. The discussion ranges from how administrators can support BIPOC staff to how mentors and professional groups can likewise be of support.
Visit her blog at https://thetiesthatbind.blog

Hosts: Ericka Brunson-Rochette & Bryan Miyagishima
Date of Interview: October 26, 2023

OVERDUE S2, Episode 8: Amplifying LibVoices
with Jamia Williams & Jamillah Gabriel

Description

In this episode, we have the absolute honor of speaking with Jamia Williams (Consumer Health Program Specialist with the Network of the National Library of Medicine(NNLM) Training Office) and Jamillah Gabriel (Critical Pedagogy Research Librarian in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and a PhD student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). 

Before Overdue: Weeding out Oppression in Libraries started, Jamia and Jamillah started LibVoices, a podcast with the mission to "Hear from librarians of color speak to the fullness of their careers including successes, challenges, and achievements." Listen as we learn about their experiences' with the podcast, as they share what their favorite guest(s) and poignant moments are, and experience how they stay passionate about libraries. This episode is an inspiration and is full of laughter!

Listen to LibVoices
The Diversity Fellows Blog
jamillahgabriel.com
Call Number: Curated Black Lit Book Box

Hosts: Brittany Young & Ericka Brunson-Rochette
Date of Interview: October 12, 2023 

Here is the direct link to the episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1948067/13853441

Season 2, Episode 7: Libraries, Communities and Mentorship - Connecting the Dots with Loida Garcia-Febo
Re-release of  S1, Episode 10

Description

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

 

Season 2, Episode 6 Indigenous Systems of Knowledge
with Dr. Sandy Littletree

Description:

In this episode we talk with Dr. Sandy Littletree (Navajo/Eastern Shoshone), Assistant Professor at the Information School at the University of Washington, whose work focuses on Native North American Indigenous Knowledge.

Dr. Littletree shares background about Indigenous systems of knowledge, and practical application as it pertains to Indigenous information science, Indigenous librarianship and the intersections of tribal sovereignty, technology, knowledge, and information in Native North America.  The discussion also shines a light on the importance of cultivating cultural humility as an ongoing practice, and as a foundation to establishing meaningful,  authentic and compassionate connections. 

Date of Interview: August 16, 2023
Hosts: LaRee Dominguez & Kristen Curé

Official Link to Episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1948067/13491296

 

Season 2, Episode 5 : Connecting Incarcerated Patrons to Library Services
with Jody Redifer, Enrique Rivera & Trevor Walraven

Description:
In this episode of Overdue, we talk with Jody Redifer, Program Specialist at Multnomah County Library; Enrique Rivera, Library Outreach Specialist at Multnomah County Library*, and Trevor Walraven, Associate Director of Policy and Prison Outreach for the Oregon Justice Resource Center, about their work with patrons experiencing Oregon’s carceral system.

These three individuals share their experiences, as well as provide guidance around providing  access to library and information services, helping incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people with resources and readily available information that is lacking in the current justice system.

Date of Interview: June 7, 2023
Hosts: Bryan Miyagishima & Brittany Young

*Enrique Rivera will be transitioning into the role of Director of Higher Education in Prison at Portland State University on August 1, 2023

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

S2, Episode 4: School Librarians Creating a Culture of Reading and Inclusion while Navigating Challenges
with K.C. Boyd, Pia Alliende & Andy Spinks (Re-Release)

In light of the continued fight against book banning and censorship, we are re-releasing a conversation from last fall with the 2022 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year, K.C. Boyd, and the two 2022 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, and curious youth.

School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year 2023 Nominations have closed since the recording of this episode, and the2023 School Librarian of the Year and Finalists can be viewed here.

https://www.banbookbans.com/ 

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

Direct Link to Episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1948067/13136122

 

Season 2, Episode 3:  BIPOC Leadership in Libraries
with Chantel Walker and Patricia Wong

In this episode, we talk with Chantel Walker, Director of the Marin County Library Foundation and change management consultant with the County of Marin and other government organizations, and Patricia “Patty” Wong, City Librarian for the Santa Clara City Library and immediate past president of the American Library Association.

These two dynamic change-makers share challenges and successes from their own lived experiences in leadership, highlight the importance of community-centered service and provide suggestions on navigating leadership and opportunities as professionals of color in predominately white spaces.

Date of interview: May 19, 2023
Hosts: Ericka Brunson-Rochette and Krista Neth

 

Season 2, Episode 2:  Mentoring and Developing the Profession
with Tracie D. Hall
Season 1, Episode 5 Relaunched (4/28/23)

In honor of Tracie D. Hall having been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2023, we are excited to re-release this conversation with Tracie from last spring.  This is a recognition very well deserved, and we are so very thankful for the effort and passion Tracie exhibits daily to make libraries a welcoming and safe place for everyone. 

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. 

Huge thank you’s are due to committee member Krista Neth for editing out the complications we had with this one from last time, adding our new intro and changing our acknowledgements and thank you's to our newer format! We appreciate all your work on this!

Date of interview: May 19, 2022
Hosts: Ericka Brunson-Rochette and Melissa Anderson

OLA EDI & Antiracism Toolkit: https://bit.ly/3qSMDF7

 

Season 2, Episode 1:  Alternative Facts
with Lorraine Bannai, Jon Osaki, and Jenny Silbiger

On this episode of Overdue, we speak with filmmaker and owner of JJML Productions, Jon Osaki, State Law Librarian and Access to Justice Coordinator for the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary, Jenny Silbiger and Professor Emerita and Director Emerita of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law, Lorraine Bannai about Jon Osaki’s documentary Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 and how research and libraries played important roles in exposing the truths and in bringing people together in solidarity and community.

Date of interview: March 16, 2023

Hosts: LaRee Dominguez and Brittany Young
Resources mentioned: Please see the description details on this Buzzsprout episode for a list of resources related to this interview.

Episode 14:  Righting Black History
w/Sherry Antoine, Laurie Bridges & Diana Park 

In this episode, we talk with Sherry Antoine (Executive Director of AfroCROWD), Laurie Bridges (Instruction and Outreach librarian at Oregon State University), and Diana Park (Science Librarian at Oregon State University) about their work to RIGHT history by writing Black history into Wikipedia.

Learn about what is happening in libraries and partner organizations to further representation of Black folx (and all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). Wikipedia is one of the first results that comes up when we search the web, while still often disregarded for its ability to allow anyone to add information to the large system of knowledge. That ability, for ALL to contribute to this repository of information and history, provides a new way to fight for social justice and Black futures.

Date of interview: February 13, 2023
Hosts: Melissa Anderson and Brittany Young

Links mentioned in this episode:

This is the official last episode of OVERDUE Season 1. We have had a very successful year with FOURTEEN episodes, and I think this is a wonderful note to end on to not only wrap up our first season, but to also commemorate the end of Black History Month and remind people that righting histories, sharing accurate information and honoring Black and African American ancestry, culture and history does not stop after the month of February

Episode 13 (released 02/15/2023)
Librarians with Spines Part 2 w/Autumn Anglin, Max Macias and Yago Cura

In part 2 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.

Listen to Part 1 here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1948067/12147785

Order Librarians with Spines v.1, 2 & 3 here: https://www.hinchaspress.com/librarians-with-spines

Visit the Librarians with Spines Blog, here: https://www.librarianswithspines.com/

Link to the EDI & ANTIRACISM TOOLKIT, here: https://tinyurl.com/yckmt4ch

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

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

Questions and inquiries for Fuller Potential Consulting can be emailed to
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]


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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