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SCIL Spring Program

Anti-racism in Library Instruction
with Thuy Vo Dang

SCIL's Spring Program Workshop will be held remotely via Zoom on Friday, May 5, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Free for CARL members and students! $10 for non-members. Space is limited. Registration closes May 1st. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants via email.

This workshop will explore the role race has played and how structural racism is maintained in institutions across the United States, particularly in libraries and archives. This workshop is designed to be heavily interactive, while also aiming to give context to the racial reckoning that merged with the global pandemic of the past three years. The emphasis is on both awareness-building and skill-building. Participants will join discussions on self and subjectivity, complex personhood, and the resilience of Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities in the face of inequity. What is the responsibility of librarians in fostering equity through instruction and public service? The workshop will help participants consider how to engage and foster inclusivity through anti-racist pedagogy. We will share strategies and tools to intervene during moments of racial discrimination, harassment, and microaggressions. Prior familiarity with these concepts is recommended but not required.

Please plan to attend for the entire workshop as later activities will build on previous lectures and discussions. Breaks will be provided.

Thuy Vo Dang is a professor of Information Studies and oral historian at the University of California, Los Angeles where she co-directs the UCLA Community Archives Lab. Formerly the Curator for the University of California, Irvine's Southeast Asian Archive and director of Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project, Thuy's work centers voices on the margins of history. She is coauthor of A People's Guide to Orange County (University of California Press, 2022) and Vietnamese in Orange County (Arcadia Publishing, 2015) and serves as a board member for Arts Orange County and the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association.

If you have any questions, contact SCIL Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, Michelle Brasseur at mbrasseur<at>

SCIL Elections Coming Soon

If you look around Southern California libraries, you'll see a lot of SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians) members and former officers. The call isn't open now, but you have time to think about how you might want to get involved with helping this organization that serves the needs of instruction librarians. If you have ideas for programs or want to help connect and mentor instruction librarians, run for a SCIL Office.

The Call for Officer Candidates will be posted on the listserv this Spring.

If you have any questions, contact SCIL Past-Chair, Timothy Chu at tschu<at>

No May SCIL Business Meeting

The next SCIL business meeting will be held remotely via Zoom on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. There is no May SCIL meeting - but instead SCIL is hosting the Spring Workshop (information above).

SCIL Works Materials

Materials for SCIL Works 2023 are available on the archived page. Access the archived page, along with any past SCIL Works information through the SCIL Works landing page.

For information about past events, visit our Events page.

About SCIL

The Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL -- pronounced "skill") interest group is dedicated to providing professional development and discussion opportunities focused on information literacy and instruction-related activities for library professionals from all types of institutions.

CARL is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities at all CARL-sponsored events. Please indicate your special needs or dietary requirements when registering or RSVPing to events. Requests for special accommodations must be received at least two weeks prior to the event.

The Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) is an interest group of the California Academic and Research Libraries Association (CARL), an independent chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The information on this website is wholly the responsibility of CARL and implies no endorsement by ACRL.



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