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White Screen/White Noise: Racism on the Internet


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ABOUT THIS PROJECT

This project has been created to support the work of library and information science educators and practitioners to discuss race and structural racism as it exists online and in the library profession and how that existence impacts library service, Internet content and user consciousness.

PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT

The Internet is critical for disseminating information, but it does not discriminate against information it carries. Hate speech and racist representations proliferate in social media, online news comment sections and community forums. We often fial to recognize the Internet is a socially constructed environment, one that mirrors and exacerbates the structural racism that exists in our physical spaces.

What can information workers do to counteract those messages? How can critical race consciousness enhance on- and off-line library services? This project attempts to explore how information in the age of rapid technology innovation contributes to structural racism and what librarians and other information professionals can do about it.

RESOURCES

  1. "White Screen/White Noise: Racism on the Internet." Article by Rebecca Martin, Heather McCann, Myrna E Morales, Stacie M. Williams. Urban Library Journal, v.19, no.1 (2013).
  2. "Anti-racism resources for the library community" Resource guide from Community Change, Inc.
  3. "Libraries and Anti-Racist Action" Zotero Reading Group. Open to the public.
  4. "Race, racism & the Internet." Digital story by Rebecca Martin; below.

 

PROJECT TIMELINE

  1. Myrna Morales, Community Change, Inc. staff member, convenes discussion of racism and the Internet and its connection to the field of library science in Spring 2012
  2. "Uncoference session" on race and the Internet held on May 11, 2012 at the REFORMA Northeast Chapter: Joint Mini-Conference, "Staying Connected: Building Communities and Embracing Diversity" (Brooklyn Public Library, NY).  Discussion led by Rebecca Martin and Myrna Morales.
  3. "White Screen/White Noise: Racism on the Internet" workshop held on October 25, 2012 at Simmons College (Boston, MA). Presented by Rebecca Martin, Myrna E Morales & Stacie M. Williams. Co-hosted by the Simmons College Progressive Librarians Guild and Community Change, Inc.
  4. "White Screen/White Noise: Racism on the Internet" panel held on September 20, 2012 at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (Kansas City, MO). Presented by Rebecca Martin, Heather McCann, Myrna E Morales & Stacie M. Williams.
  5. "White Screen/White Noise: Racism on the Internet" presentation held on November 7, 2012 for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Inclusions & Exclusions Reading Group (virtual). Presented by Rebecca Martin, Heather McCann, Myrna E Morales & Stacie M. Williams.
  6. "White Screen/White Noise: Racism on the Internet" presentation held on April 5, 2013 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York for the 2013 Library Association of CUNY (LACUNY) Institute, “Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City." Presented by Rebecca Martin and Heather McCann.
  7. "White Screen/White Noise: Racism on the Internet" article published in Urban Library Journal, v.19, no.1 (2013) as part of a special issue stemming from the LACUNY Institute, "Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City."
     

This page has been compiled with assistance from Amy Ferguson, Rebecca Martin, Heather McCann, Myrna Morales and Stacie Williams.

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