Anti-Racist Acquisitions: Learning to Interrogate Whiteness in Processes and Policies

The process and policies of acquiring materials are often overlooked when considering developing an inclusive and anti-racist collection. This presentation will reflect upon how Whiteness manifests in library processes for acquiring materials, such as through approval plans, and is grounded in Diane Gusa’s White Institutional Presence (WIP) framework. From Gusa’s framework, the authority and advantage generated from Whiteness’s historical position of power and dominance are embedded into the structures and economics of purchasing materials. This presentation will offer questions participants can use to interrogate their own processes and policies, and will engage participants in small group discussions.

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Oct 15 2022


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm




Alpine East
Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S W Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101


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