We Here

is creating a supportive platform for BIPOC library and archive workers.

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We Here seeks to provide a safe and supportive community for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in library and information science professions and educational programs to recognize, discuss, and intervene in systemic social issues that have and continue to plague these professions both historically and through present time.

Similar to the tech industry(1) and arts organizations(2), library and information science (LIS) professions contain very little diversity. According to the American Library Association, 86% of its members identify as white, 81% identify as female, and the largest percentage of the workforce are at the age of 55-64(3). The LIS professions are historically white and have remained so through structural inequities, labor issues such as reliance on unpaid labor, and more.

We Here is doing the work our institutions and membership organizations have not yet built into the fabric of our profession. Our community is helping to recruit and retain BIPOC in LIS professions by offering support, and acting as a collaboration network and mentorship platform. We share jobs, advice in a safe space, and center and celebrate BIPOC voices and work.

The We Here community is made up of both open and closed platforms for different levels of engagement. We have private platforms for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. These can be found on our website: https://librarieswehere.wordpress.com/. Our largest closed platform is on Facebook Groups, which has over 1300 people from all over the world.

Anyone can join us on our open platforms, including Twitter and Instagram (both @librarieswehere).
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