A huge thank you to all who came out to our discussion centered on Transformative Reading Rooms last week! We had representation from 8 different archives and together were able to take initial steps towards recognizing the various barriers to access our respective research spaces uphold.
Click 'Read More' to access the Meeting Minutes in this event listing. These minutes include discussion takeaways, transcribed impressions of our Reading Rooms across Austin, brainstormed action items, and a more comprehensive bibliography on the topic. If you have additional resources on the topic to share, or are interesting in being a part of a Reading Room working group, please email Ayshea Khan at email@example.com.
This open meeting was dedicated to Transformative Reading Rooms. We took a critical look at our respective reading room policies, culture and physical environment. How do these spaces reinforce or divest from oppressive structures rooted in white supremacy? Public and academic reference librarians, community and institutional archivists, public services staff, researchers and other community members were invited to participate in this hands-on brainstorming session while creating a network of support for a more inclusive, liberated research space.
The following short blog posts to prepare for our discussion:
Mothering While Brown in White Spaces by Cecilia Caballero
Archivists on the Issues: Access and Inclusion in the Reading Room by Lindy Smith
Expanding #ArchivesForBlackLives to Traditional Archival Repositories by Jarrett Drake
You can access the full meeting minutes here. Our full bibliography for the discussion is below:
Caballero, C. Mothering While Brown in White Spaces, Or, When I Took My Son to Octavia Butler’s Exhibit. August 23, 2017:
Caswell, M. Teaching to Dismantle White Supremacy in Archives. The Library Quarterly, July 2017:
Caswell, M., Gabiola, J., Zavala, J., Brilmyer, G., Cifor, M. Imagining Transformative Spaces: the personal-political sites of community archives. Archival Science, 2018.
Drake, Jarrett. Expanding #ArchivesForBlackLives to Traditional Archival Repositories. July 27, 2016.
Drake, J. Liberatory Archives: Towards Belonging and Believing (Part 1). October 22, 2016.
Farmer, Ashely. Archiving While Black. June 18, 2018. https://www.aaihs.org/archiving-while-black/
Franklin, J.H. “The Dilemma of the American Negro Scholar,” in John Hope Franklin, Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938-1988 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989): 303-4.
Ketelaar, Eric. Archival Temples, Archival Prisons: Modes of Power and Protection. Archival Science, 2002.
Smith, Lindy. Archivists on the Issues: Access and Inclusion in the Reading Room. May 4, 2018.
Cultural Diversity Webinar, Society of American Archivists. https://www.pathlms.com/saa/courses/4839
2019 Flair Symposium videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLT2W8pNPmv4m5Hk_nmG71N8KWhUT44Zj