Information Privilege and the Pursuit of Happiness in Special Collections Librarianship

Friday, February 5, 2021
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Online (via Zoom)
Registration is required. Please complete the form below.

 

UBC iSchool and IDEAS@UBC present: The IBPOC Voices Speaker Series

The IBPOC Voices Speaker Series is a series jointly hosted by the UBC iSchool and IDEAS@UBC. Held in place of the school’s usual in-person 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.

 

Abstract

Access to information, whether or not extensively documented by law, is a civil and human right, and such is evident in the never-ending efforts to impede that access for Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). But what about information of the past? Information about heritage and knowledge communities of the past is essential in understanding information and knowledge of the present and future, linking it to our ability to pursue happiness. Actors in a myriad of fields – from legislators, to textbook authors, to the media – have a deep investment in controlling how information about marginalized people is received and interpreted. Special collections libraries reinforce centuries of laws, policies, and social practices originally meant to hinder generational and community knowledge acquisition. Collection and interpretation policies continue to shape information access and literacy for marginalized populations, functioning as part of a larger systemic issue that prevents people from knowing themselves historically while contributing to a divide in information literacy for some and highlighting areas of information privilege for others.

 

Speaker Bio

Patrice R. Green (she/her) is a Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Georgia, where she performs remote and onsite reference, instruction, and outreach for the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. She is a graduate of the master’s programs in Public History and Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Green was selected as a Kaleidoscope Diversity Scholar for the Association of Research Libraries (2018-2020) and currently serves as an Emerging Leader for the American Library Association. Green is also a member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She currently co-chairs the National Council on Public History’s Professional Development Committee and serves on the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission. Her current research and professional interests include information access and literacy, special collections librarianship, archives and preservation management, public history, and 20th century US history.

 

Registration form

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About IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Safe Space)

IDEAS@UBC is a student group that seeks to provide a safe and productive community for IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour) students in departments and fields of study related to information, cultural, and memory work at the UBC School of Information. We aim to amplify IBPOC voices in information studies and encourage dialogue on topics such as anti-racism, Indigenous knowledge and information practices, and systemic barriers in library, archival and information studies. We also host social events and offer a safe space for IBPOC students in the iSchool programs to share resources on navigating underrepresentation in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector.