We Here

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

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About We Here

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. 

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.

The public side of We Here offers personal and professional learning opportunities through our Community School and our publication, "up//root: a we here publication," which is managed by a team of editors. 

Our Patreon community helps us to pay BIPOC in LIS for their time, expertise, and knowledge, in a profession where we are generally overlooked, underpaid, and not credited. We've utilized Patreon support to fund a microgrant program specifically for our Black members impacted by COVID-19, as means to compensate instructional designers for webinars and other Community School events we consider Mission Critical, but did not generate enough revenue to cover the cost of the speaker(s). In the first 9 months existing as an LLC and having a Patreon platform, we were able to pay our community $30,000 for their labor. See more in our 2020 Wrap Up
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