Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Location: online via Zoom
Trainer: Samantha Guss, University of Richmond, Sojourna Cunningham, University of Richmond, Jennifer Stout, Virginia Commonweath University
They're Just Not a Good Fit: Interrogating and Interrupting Hiring Practices in Academic Libraries That Center Whiteness
About the presentation:
As a profession, we talk the talk of valuing diversity and inclusion, but do we walk the walk with our hiring practices? The profession stresses the importance of “a good fit” when hiring, but we rarely interrogate the fact that “a good fit” can be a reflection of our implicit biases and that our very hiring practices continue to center and prioritize whiteness. Three academic librarians conducted a survey of hiring policies with a focus on the processes (or lack thereof) of recruiting candidates from underrepresented groups. This session will report on their findings and recommend the implementation of specific practices designed to create an inclusive candidate pool and an equitable search process.
Samantha Guss is the Social Sciences Librarian for Data, Statistics, and Government Information at the University of Richmond. She holds an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Business & Workplace Education from New York University and her research interests include library services design and evaluation, data literacy, and workforce issues in Library & Information Science.
Sojourna Cunningham is the Social Sciences and Assessment Librarian at the University of Richmond. She has a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Liberal Arts from the University of Richmond. Her research interests include improving the user experience within the academic library and process improvements in DEI.
Jennifer Stout is a Teaching and Learning Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her MSLS from the University of North Caolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. Her research interests include information literacy pedagogy, feminist and critical librarianship, assessment of library instruction, and anti-racist practices in academic libraries.
The primary audience for this webinar is academic librarians. However, library workers of every type are welcome to join.
Attendees will be given a certificate of attendance for CE Credit.
The event will be recorded, and a link to the recording will be sent to all registrants.