(Talk) “The Black Librarian in America: Reflections, Resistance, and Reawakenings”: A Panel Presentation and Discussion in Honor of Black History Month

Event Start Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 3:00 pm

Event End Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 4:15 pm

Location: Virtual EST, Registration Required

This virtual panel presentation will feature the editors of The Black Librarian in America: Reflections, Resistance, and Reawakening (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), and will explore issues related to Black librarians’ intersectional identities and experiences. Shauntee Burns-Simpson (New York Public Library), Nichelle Hayes (Indianapolis Public Library), Ana Ndumu (University of Maryland, College of Information Studies), and Shaundra Walker (Georgia College) will discuss Black librarians’ experiences in four thematic areas:

  • A rich heritage: Black librarian history
  • Celebrating collective and individual identity
  • Black librarians across settings
  • Moving forward: Activism, anti-racism, and allyship

Please join us for this live virtual event, moderated by Joni Floyd, Curator, Maryland & Historical Collections at the University of Maryland and with remarks shared by keondra bills freemyn, Project STAND Coordinator at the University of Maryland and author of a chapter in The Black Librarian in America, as we learn more about Black librarians’ experiences and ways to advance anti-racism, inclusion, and representation in the Library and Information Science (LIS) field and broader society.

For more information about the event, speakers, and moderator, visit the event’s web page.  Thank you!

This virtual event is hosted and sponsored by the University of Maryland Libraries, and is free and open to the public. UMD Libraries welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Automatic captions will be available for this virtual event. If you have questions about the access provided, please contact If you would like to request specific accommodations, please contact at least two weeks in advance of your participation.


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