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A Reading List for Improving Diversity and Inclusion at Brown

A compilation of resources that provide guidance on various issues our community must work through for the purpose of creating a more diverse, respectful and inclusive environment

Understanding "Whiteness" and its Privileges

Cheryl I. Harris, Whiteness as Property. Harvard Law Review, Vol. 106, No. 8 (June 1993), pp. 1707-1791

Robin DiAngelo, Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism, The Good Men Project blog, Huffington Post, April 30, 2015 (updated December 6, 2017) 

Katy Waldman, "A Sociologist Examines the 'White Fragility' that Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism,"  The New Yorker,  July 23, 2018 (Book Review of Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility)

Aliza Ali Khan, "What I Actually Got My MFA In", McSweeney's Internet Tendency, May 23, 2018  
Brit Bennett. "I Don’t Know What To Do With Good White People"Jezebel, December 17, 2014
(Temple University Press, 1995)
Ö. Sensoy, & Robin DiAngelo,

Structural Biases Inherent in Library Systems

Adler, Huber & Nix, "Stigmatizing disability: Library classifications and the marking and marginalization of books about people with disabilities," Library Quarterly, Vol. 87, no. 2 (April 2017), 117-135.

Anastasia M. Collins, "Language, Power and Oppression in the LIS Diversity Void," Library Trends, Vol. 67, no. 1 (Summer 2018), pp. 39-51

Safiya U. Noble, Algorithms of Oppression:  How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (New York University Press, 2018)

Safiya U. Noble, Missed connections: What search engines say about women, Bitch magazine, Vol. 12, no. 4 (Spring 2012), pp. 37-41.

“Queering the Catalog: Queer Theory and the Politics of Correction,” Emily Drabinski, Library Quarterly 83(2), 94-111, 2013

Matthew Reidsma,“Algorithmic Bias in Library Discovery Systems,”

Tara Robertson, "Blah, Blah, Blah -- Diversity and Inclusion in the Library," (2019 Code4Lib Keynote Address video as posted on YouTube;  see, also, these backup notes on Tara's website)

B. Sadler & C. Bourg, Feminism and the future of library discovery, (2015)

Jessica Schomberg (Minnesota State University at Mankato), "Disability at Work:  Libraries, Built to Exclude,"  published in The Politics and Theory of Critical Librarianship (ed. Karen P. Nicholson and Maura Seale). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2018; also posted online by the Minnesota State University Library.

Gina Schlesselman-Tarango (ed,) Topographies of Whiteness:  Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science (Sacramento:  Library Juice Press, 2017)

Roger C. Schonfeld & Liam Sweeney, "Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the Association of Research Libraries: Employee Demographics and Director Perspectives,"  (August 30, 2017).

Jennifer Vinopal, “The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action”In the Library with the Lead Pipe blog, January 13, 2016