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This guide is intended to provide general information about anti-racism & anti-oppression. Information relevant to social justice are discussed here and are meant to be a starting point for further conversations. This guide is by no means an exhaustive list of anti-oppressive initiatives or resources, and will be continuously updated and added to. 

(Sources: Simmons College Anti-Oppression GuideScaffolded Anti-Racist Resources, NYIT Anti-oppression guide & Generating Justice Resource)

Statement from Smith College Libraries

The Smith College Libraries community is outraged by the recent brutal deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among others. These murders of Black people are unacceptable and unjust. They are visible acts of violence deeply rooted in a history and culture of racism in the United States. Protests held in every state of the Union and District of Columbia against police brutality, White supremacy and injustices toward the Black community have created a turning point in challenging systemic oppression and racism.

While libraries as cultural institutions have long championed free and open access to accurate and unbiased information, the Smith College Libraries recognizes that this work continues to be shaped by a legacy of White supremacy and anti-Blackness. If the library community is to be truly inclusive, we must examine our values, physical spaces, programming, systems, and methodologies.

The staff of the Libraries commits to:

  • Being accountable to our communities, listening deeply, sitting with hard truths and discomfort, and taking action to dismantle racist structures that continue to marginalize Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color.
  • Learning and using non-oppressive, non-racist language in our catalog, our research guides, our finding aids, in our teaching and presentations, and in our personal interactions with users and colleagues.
  • Building collections by authors of color, and documenting the lives of women, trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming People of Color. -Sharing resources that support our community in antiracism education and dismantling White supremacy.
  • Seeking out other opportunities to dismantle White supremacy and anti-Blackness within the Libraries.

We can no longer simply aspire to the notion of ‘access for all’. Now is the time to act on it.

Get Help

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Nimisha Bhat
Contact:
413-585-2941
nbhat@smith.edu
Hillyer Art Library 121, Brown Fine Arts Center

Librarian

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C.M. Flynn
Contact:
Young Library
working remotely 3/16/20
413-585-4161

Disclaimer

We have attempted to bring together quality, relevant resources for the anti-oppression issues in this guide, but are not immune from the limits and hidden biases of our own privileges and perspectives as allies. We welcome and greatly appreciate any feedback and suggestions for the guide (adapted from Simmons Anti-Oppression guide) . Please contact us if you notice any dead links.