White fragility and toxic white feminism, a demonstration

I’m not sure why the conversation about feminism between Roxane Gay and Erica Jong, which took place in September 2015 at the Decatur Book Festival, is getting publicity on social media right now. I’ve seen several links to it in… Continue Reading White fragility and toxic white feminism, a demonstration

Despair for all, Black and white

Health outcomes for white Americans New research, described in March 2017 in the Washington Post, describes a “sea of despair” among white, working-class Americans. According to this ongoing research, the consequences of despair and lack of opportunity in the white people studied… Continue Reading Despair for all, Black and white

White awakening: What we've missed

White awakening: What we’ve missed

This text was originally posted by me on Twitter 2/24/2017 in reaction to this tweet by Vann R. Newkirk II, @fivefifths:  As many of us white people are now awakening to the meanness, violence, and fear propagated by our current government, we need… Continue Reading White awakening: What we’ve missed

Tech-ing to Transgress: Putting Values into Library Practice

Tech-ing to Transgress: Putting Values into Library Practice

This is the text and slides of a keynote I delivered on June 11 at the inaugural Oberlin Library Group Digital Scholarship Conference, at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. I. Introduction I’ve been trying to make my talks and… Continue Reading Tech-ing to Transgress: Putting Values into Library Practice

Reducing Bias in the Library Job Interview

Reducing Bias in the Library Job Interview

This post is a follow up to my recent In the Library with the Lead Pipe article entitled The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action. I ended that article with “Brass Tacks for Library Leaders,” suggesting some… Continue Reading Reducing Bias in the Library Job Interview

Quick recap of Barnard's Scholar & Feminism Conference XL: Action on Education

Quick recap of Barnard’s Scholar & Feminism Conference XL: Action on Education

Last Friday and Saturday I attended the Barnard Scholar & Feminism Conference XL: Action on Education. The LX means it’s the 40th year of the this conference, but they also playfully reclaimed the “extra large” connotation as well. You can read… Continue Reading Quick recap of Barnard’s Scholar & Feminism Conference XL: Action on Education

We have work to do: Minority Representation in US ARL University Libraries as of 2012-2013

We have work to do: Minority Representation in US ARL University Libraries as of 2012-2013

ARL just came out with this poster Minority Representation in US ARL University Libraries as of 2012-2013: Taking a Closer Look at the Evidence. The two findings that stand out for me are 1) that women still make less then their counterparts… Continue Reading We have work to do: Minority Representation in US ARL University Libraries as of 2012-2013

Using our Influence: Why I support the Ada Initiative

Using our Influence: Why I support the Ada Initiative

Update: Librarians donate over $10,000 to the Ada Initiative! On the first day of a 7-day challenge, librarians came through and met the goal. Now we’re looking at stretch goals. See the post above for details. —– I haven’t been blogging for… Continue Reading Using our Influence: Why I support the Ada Initiative

What lies behind admonitions to be kind?

There was recently a conversation on a list that I mostly lurk on about the relationship between kindness and leadership. General consensus was that kindness is an essential aspect of leadership and should be cultivated. I took issue with this suggestion.… Continue Reading What lies behind admonitions to be kind?

Will the "Next New World" really have so few women and people of color?

Will the “Next New World” really have so few women and people of color?

To: Thomas Friedman, Organizer, Next New World forum (contact link for Friedman is here) Meg Whitman, President and CEO, HP; Sponsor of Next New World forum Nicholas B. Dirks, Chancellor, University of California Berkeley; Sponsor of Next New World forum, chancellor@berkeley.edu Janet Napolitano, President, University… Continue Reading Will the “Next New World” really have so few women and people of color?

I wouldn't want be on their team. Would you?

I wouldn’t want be on their team. Would you?

Yesterday I was reading through some older email and found a nice list of project management tools to try. I clicked through to look at a few of them and decided to also look at the teams who built them.… Continue Reading I wouldn’t want be on their team. Would you?

Learning to See by Listening to Others: On Discrimination in Libraries

Learning to See by Listening to Others: On Discrimination in Libraries

Months ago when I heard from Rachel Frick that she was working with others to organize a summit on leadership and gender, I volunteered immediately to help in any way I can. As a woman in a “woman’s profession,” where… Continue Reading Learning to See by Listening to Others: On Discrimination in Libraries

Are we talking enough about gender bias and discrimination in the library profession?

[Update: check out the growing LTG Summit Zotero Library] — Spoiler: the answer is NO. I’m on the Advisory Committee of the upcoming Leadership, Technology, and Gender Summit taking place March 19-21, 2014 in Austin, Texas, following the Electronic Resources & Libraries… Continue Reading Are we talking enough about gender bias and discrimination in the library profession?

Women and work, flexibility and management

Last week was a busy news week for women who work. Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, issued a memo to her employees saying they could no longer work from home. Yahoo is in bad shape and apparently Mayer believes the ban… Continue Reading Women and work, flexibility and management

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