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Supporting ethnic studies is an opportunity to uplift diverse stories and perspectives and to build and affirm such communities and their voices, experiences, and histories. Ethnic studies librarianship requires engagement, a desire to listen and engage with one’s constituents, and a focused approach to re-humanizing and emphasizing the voices of those who are being studied. Race and ethnicity, despite their abstractness, have real, concrete meaning and consequences in American society. Being able to see who speaks and who is silenced matters, and ethnic studies librarianship supports the intellectual journey of students in becoming aware of the various ways we see the world and the numerous stories we tell and come across in our lifetime.
Ethnic Studies in Academic and Research Libraries serves as a snapshot of critical work that library workers are doing to support ethnic studies, including areas focusing on ethnic and racial experiences across the disciplines. Other curriculums or programs may emphasize race, migration, and diasporic studies, and these intersecting areas are highlighted to ensure work supporting ethnic studies is not solely defined by a discipline, but by commitment to programs that uplift underserved and underrepresented ethnic communities and communities of color. Twenty chapters are broken into three thorough sections:

  1. Instruction, Liaison Engagement, and Outreach
  2. Collections Projects and Programs
  3. Collaborations, Special Projects, and Community Partnerships

Ethnic studies programs, faculty, and students can lack visibility in librarianship, though there are many opportunities to engage with and support these interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs. Ethnic Studies in Academic and Research Libraries captures case studies, programs, and engagements within the field(s) of ethnic studies and how library workers are creating and documenting important support services and resources for these communities of learners, scholars, activists, and educators. We need to think critically about how we support ethnic studies and our faculty colleagues in these departments, especially during challenging times in fiscal crises and the systemic violence and oppression that occurs in higher education, in our institutions, in our communities, in our profession, and in our histories. What we collect, preserve, share, and uplift reflects who we are and our priorities.

Introduction and Reflections
Raymond Pun, Melissa Cardenas-Dow, and Kenya S. Flash

Section 1: Instruction, Liaison Engagement, and Outreach
Chapter 1. “Build It and They Will Come”: Strategies for Collaborations between Faculty and Librarians for Ethnic Studies Programs
Fran L. Lassiter and Amanda M. Leftwich

Chapter 2. Fostering Transformation: Ethnic Studies as Critical Intervention for Primary Source Pedagogy
Audra Eagle Yun, Krystal Tribbett, Thuy Vo Dang, and Jimmy Zavala

Chapter 3. The Value of Integrating African American Archives into Undergraduate African American Studies Curricula
Aaisha N. Haykal and Mari N. Crabtree

Chapter 4. Improving Representation on Wikipedia A Collaboration with Librarians and Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Tiffany Atwater Lee and Justin de la Cruz

Chapter 5. Returning to Where It All Began and Connecting the Dots: From Student to Librarian
Jamia Williams

Chapter 6. Collaborative and Active Engagement at the Hemispheric University: Supporting Ethnic Studies through Academic Library Outreach at University of Miami
Shatha Baydoun and Roxane Pickens

Chapter 7. Librarians and Leaders: Developing Partnerships between Librarians and Trailblazing Black Student Leaders
Chelsea H. Barrett, Brooke Duffy, Akaysha Palmer, and Dia Bolton

Section 2: Collections Projects and Programs
Chapter 8. Crafting Contemporary Indigenous Studies Collections in the Age of Algorithms: A Case Study
Brittani Sterling and Amy Tureen

Chapter 9. Building a Vietnamese Language Collection with the Vietnamese Diaspora Community in the Neighborhood
Moon Kim and Linh Khanh Nguyen

Chapter 10. Engaging with Ethnic Studies Librarians: An Interview with Lillian Castillo-Speed and gerardo “gary” colmenar
Lillian Castillo-Speed and gerardo “gary” colmenar

Chapter 11. For When They Arrive: Using Black Women Writers Collections to Enhance Engagement in Archives and Special Collections Libraries
Gabrielle M. Dudley

Chapter 12. BIPOC Voices Speak: Reparative Approaches to Collection Development
Mantra Roy, Carli V. Lowe, Michael J. Aguilar II, and Kathryn Blackmer Reyes

Chapter 13. Supporting Faculty in Indigenizing Curriculum and Pedagogy: Case Study of the Indigenous Curriculum Resource Centre
Ashley Edwards

Chapter 14. Student-Driven Collecting Efforts and Initiatives: Fostering an Inclusive Collection Development Policy at California State University, Los Angeles, Special Collections and Archives
Azalea Camacho and Amalia Castañeda

Section 3: Collaborations, Special Projects, and Community Partnerships
Chapter 15. Making Spaces for Ethnic Studies
Lorin Jackson and Roberto Vargas

Chapter 16. Modeling Black Literature: Behind the Screen with the Black Bibliography Project
Melissa Barton and Brenna Bychowski

Chapter 17. A Perspective on Asian American Studies and Librarianship: An Interview with Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen by Corinne Burrell
Sarah Park Dahlen and Corinne Burrell

Chapter 18. Holdings in the Archives Are Closer Than They Appear: Making Connections between Archival Collections and Current Events
Jina DuVernay

Chapter 19. Reclaiming the Asian American History Narrative: Educating the Public during APIA Heritage Month
Jerry Dear

Chapter 20. Connecting Graduate Library and Information Studies Students with Ethnic Studies Archives: Toward a Community-Centered Model for Archival Education
Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez, Pedro Juan Hernández, and Johnathan Thayer

Contributor Biographies

Raymond Pun

Raymond Pun is a librarian in the Bay Area, CA. He is an active member of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). Along with Laurie Bridges and Roberto Arteaga, he is a co-editor of Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project (published by Maize Books, an imprint of Michigan Publishing).

Melissa Cardenas-Dow

Melissa Cardenas-Dow is a social sciences librarian at Sacramento State University, responsible for the subject areas of psychology, ethnic studies, women’s and gender studies, and education. She is currently a Councilor-at-Large of the American Library Association. Most recently, she worked with the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) as the Graphics Design Coordinator within the JCLC 2018 Public Relations Committee. She is active with the California Faculty Association (CFA), the labor union representing teaching faculty, librarians, counselors, and coaches in the California State University System. She is currently the tenure-track faculty delegate of the Sacramento chapter of CFA and is a member of the CFA system-wide Librarians Committee.

Kenya S. Flash

Kenya S. Flash is the Librarian for Political Science, Global Affairs, and Government Information at Yale University. She also supports the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and the Ethics, Politics, and Economics majors. Kenya earned her MLIS from Drexel University, her MA in Political Science from East Stroudsburg University and her BA in Government and Law from Lafayette College. She has written and presented on a number of topics in librarianship, and is passionate about working with faculty and students.