What can libraries do to respond to, and act as allies for, the Black Lives Matter movement?
The most obvious is to be the conduit for good and useful information by sharing anti-racism resources. But there is more that can be done, including educating yourself about anti-racism and racial equity efforts within your profession.
ALA have shared a PLAN FOR ACTION, which includes Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries alongside amplifying the voices of POC library workers and supporting their community spaces through donations and membership; training staff on topics related to equity, diversity, and inclusion; committing to hiring POC library workers, connecting paraprofessionals to scholarship opportunities, and supporting residents and interns; and Library Programming o name a few.
Auckland Libraries also shared some recommended reads on anti-racism for teens and fiction by black authors
along with a Black Lives Matter search list and the following resources:
Racism, politics and America
Books and Beyond: Young, gifted and black
Lifting Black voices
Antiracism and decolonisation
What is your library doing in response to the Black Lives Matter movement?
We'd love to hear from you.
Of course, it is just as important to look at Black Lives Matter as a model for our own country to have dialogue about racism in Aotearoa.