We Here

We Here

Creating a supportive platform for BIPOC library and archive workers.

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About We Here

Our Mission
We Here®️ LLC seeks to provide a safe and supportive community for Black and Indigenous folks, and People of Color (BIPOC) in library and information science (LIS) professions and educational programs and to recognize, discuss, and intervene in systemic social issues that have plagued these professions both currently and historically. 

Our Methods
We Here offers personal and professional learning opportunities through our Community School; organizers of Community Study brings people in the We Here communities together for reading groups, then publishes reading lists for all; we publish research and experiences of BIPOC in up//root: a we here publication; We Together is our mentorship program that is reimagining mentorship for mutual growth and liberation; We Reads collects the works by BIPOC authors that resonate with project leaders and community members. We also host public and private events like "'The Problem with Latinidad:' A critical discussion on the single narrative of Latinidad, anti-Blackness and white privilege within Latine communities, US imperialism, and Indigenous erasure from the perspective of library and archives workers," and "Making Knowledge Justice." 

How We Spend Patreon Support
Our Patreon community helps us pay BIPOC in LIS for their time, expertise, and knowledge, in a profession where we are generally overlooked, undervalued, underpaid, and not credited. Patreon support has gone to the following since launching in 2020: 
  • Funded three separate micro grant programs, 2020-2021: 1) A micro grant program specifically for Black members of We Here impacted by Covid-19; 2) Larger taxable grants for projects and programs we admire that center or are led by BIPOC and make LIS and the world more broadly a better place; 3) Our second micro grant program open to all We Here members impacted by Covid-19. 
  • As a means to compensate instructional designers for Community School events we consider to be Mission Critical, which are offered on a sliding scale (beginning at zero dollars). Mission Critical events typically do not generate enough revenue to compensate the speaker, so Patreon support subsidizes this cause. 
  • In the first 9 months of existing as an LLC, we were able to pay our community $30,000 for their labor. This amount includes instructional designers, event speakers, contractors such as graphic designers and our accountant. 
  • What may be the most important use: Thanks to our supporters, the work of We Here is not driven by revenue, but rather by our mission. Thanks to our Patreon community, costly subscriptions and required services like legal advice and accounting do not hold us back. 
Read more about what we're able to do with support in our 2021 Wrap Up and 2020 Wrap Up. 

What Supporters Get in Return
Supporters get exclusive and early access to We Here content, specifically: 
  • We Here Mixtape: A curated monthly list of all that the We Family read, watched, and loved. 
  • Book recommendations through the Your Next Read survey. 
  • Early access to up//root articles. 
  • Early notification of public Community School events. 
  • Access to weTV: Short, unscripted videos where we talk about articles, books, and other resources that resonated with us. 
  • Other periodic updates and news. 

Background
Similar to the tech industry and arts organizations, 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.
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