IBPOC Voices: Donor Relations and Decolonizing Descriptions



Friday, May 13, 2022
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Online (via Zoom)
Registration is required. Please complete the form below.



This talk by Ashlynn Prasad will focus on donor relations and the difficulties that may arise when trying to enact principles of antiracism and decolonization. Ashlynn will share details of an experience she had at the outset of her first full-time, permanent position as an archivist, in which her attempt to create an antiracist description for a new acquisition drew complaints from the donors of the materials. Ashlynn will share her experience and discuss the process of communicating with the donors, why she felt it was important to be firm while remaining empathetic to the donors’ wishes, and how the situation was ultimately resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

In addition to this public-facing talk, Ashlynn will also participate in a more casual Q&A for members of IDEAS and any iSchool student who self-identifies as IBPOC. This will be a safe space in which students are invited to ask questions and engage in discussion with Ashlynn.


Speaker Bio

Ashlynn Prasad is a colonial-settler of Indian descent and is grateful to live on the ancestral and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. She is the descendent of Indian farmers who were brought to Fiji under British colonial rule as indentured servants. Her research interests include the impacts of colonization on diaspora populations and the ways in which the forced destruction of archival records and/or poor recordkeeping practices on the part of colonizers can shape a population’s shared identity. Ashlynn began her career in archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2013. She was a 2017-2019 ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow and graduated with a dual MAS/MLIS from UBC in 2020. She has been the Librarian & Archivist at the Vancouver Maritime Museum since March 2021. She currently volunteers as the ACA Social Media Team lead.



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About IDEAS@UBC and the IBPOC Voices Speaker Series

The IBPOC Voices Speaker Series is a series hosted by IDEAS@UBC. Held in addition to and collaboration with the school’s regular colloquium, the series offers a platform for IBPOC information professionals to share their valuable experience and research on a range of topics related to library, archival and information studies.

This series is supported in part by funding from the Anti-Racism Initiatives fund. Established in 2021, the fund supports initiatives that seek to celebrate and elevate diverse communities and advance anti-racism efforts at the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. For more information about this fund, visit antiracism.ubc.ca.

Visit the IDEAS@UBC website to learn more about this initiative.

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