“Introduction” with Annie Pho. Book introduction to Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS (eds. Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho, Library Juice Press, 2018).
“The Reach of a Long Arm Stapler: Calling in Microaggressions in the LIS Field Through Zine Work” with Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, Jenna Freedman, Simone Fujita, and Cynthia Mari Orozco. Library Trends 67, no. 1 (2018): 107-130.
Since its inception in March 2014, the LIS Microaggressions project (www.lismicroaggressions.com) has grown as an online source and zine publication for library and information science (LIS) workers from marginalized communities to share their experiences with microaggressions in the workplace. This article will examine the project’s efforts to move conversations on diversity, race, racism, and antiracism in the LIS field to transgressive and actionable steps. Through conference presentations, zine-making workshops, and distribution of zines at LIS conferences, the LIS Microaggressions collective wishes to “call in” or otherwise actively engage the LIS profession for critical reflection and analysis about microaggressions in the workplace with the ultimate goal of fostering support and a participatory community for library workers dealing with microaggressions.
“Intersectionality at the Reference Desk: Lived Experiences of Women of Color Librarians” with Annie Pho. Chapter in the book The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations (ed. Maria T. Accardi, Library Juice Press, 2017).
This chapter shares findings from our research study on the lived experiences of women of color librarians working in public services. We used a feminist interview approach to focus on voices that have traditionally been overlooked and devalued in LIS literature. In this chapter, we explore intersectionality, microaggressions, and gendered expectations in the workplace.
Archivists Extraordinaire: Profiles of Early Archivists of Color
Written in 2012 for an independent study.
The subject of racial and ethnic diversity in the archival profession and archival collections lacks comprehensive scholarship. Literature on American archival history fails to examine issues of diversity, and literature on diversity in American archives fails to provide adequate historical context. This paper highlights the professional biographies of five archivists of color who began working with historical manuscripts and archives before 1970. Jean Blackwell Hutson, Sara Dunlap Jackson, Archie Motley, Harold T. Pinkett, and Dorothy Burnett Porter Wesley all influenced the archival profession in various ways, and archivists today can learn from their legacies.
Preserving Digital Cultural Heritage: A Call for Participatory Models
Published in September 2012 in the now defunct Library Student Journal.
The influence and power of archival institutions on the historical record and cultural memory is often overlooked, as the act of constructing history and memory can be difficult to identify. This paper focuses on the digital preservation of collections related to indigenous and other historically marginalized communities. With the exponential growth of digital materials comes greater urgency and importance of digital preservation. For archivists to provide true long-term access to materials, they must work in partnership with source communities. There are both theoretical and practical grounds for adopting participatory models in digital preservation. Archival institutions will gain enhanced contextual knowledge, and communities will benefit from the institutional resources necessary for preservation.
Notions of Knowledge Sharing in Archival Access
Presented as a graduate poster at the 2011 SAA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
In the field of library and information science, the concept of open access to information is treated as an underlying assumption. With the growing amount of archival materials being digitized and made available online, it is important to examine some key issues relating to open access – what it means, its relation to privacy, and its impact on cultural materials. This paper examines open access in regards to Native American archival materials and argues that open access is not always in the interest of the public good, nor is restriction of access always in conflict with the values of information science. Knowledge sharing is complex and requires that library and information science professionals critically examine different values and perspectives of access.