Wednesday, December 2, 2020

San Jose State School of Information Diversity Series: Moving Beyond Diversity to Anti-Oppression

 I was honored to be be selected to speak at San Jose State's Information School last month.

San Jo is my hometown and it was super cool to be able to speak at SJSU!

I hope you enjoy this.

Comments encouraged!

Special thanks to Dr. Michele Villagran and San Jose State!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Remembering Consciousness is Power: An Ethnographic Session with Judy Lee and Melissa Cardenas-Dow

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An Ethnographic Session
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Greetings Friends!
We hope you and yours are safe and well.
Hinchas Press and Librarians with Spines presents another stimulating session to help you through the pandemic!
Please join us in an engaging conversation about ethnographies, scholarship, identity, books, culture and more! Librarians with Spines editors, Yago Cura and Max Macias, Librarians with Spines Designer/Art Director Autumn Anglin Interview Judy Lee and Melissa Cardenas-Dow about their amazing work. 
Judy and Melissa wrote an amazing chapter in Librarians with Spines Vol. 2 called:LWS2 - Remembering Consciousness is Power: Working to Center Academic Library Outreach in the Service of Social Justice, Asian and Pacific Islander American Ethnic Visibility, and Coalition-Building

December 7th, 2020 10am PST on Zoom!

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This session will also be recorded and put on our Librarians with Spines Youtube Channel.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Racial Equity in Data Integration

Scientists, Mathematicians, Computer types and other data driven colleagues, please join us for a special antiracist session about how we can center racial equity throughout data integration in our work at PCC. 

Our guest speaker is Angela Bluhm! Event Date and Time: November 10th, 2020: 1pm PST Session description: Since 2019, AISP (Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy) at the University of Pennsylvania has led a diverse workgroup of civic data stakeholders to co-create strategies and identify best practices to center racial equity in data integration efforts. Angela Bluhm is an Analyst for the Educator Advancement Council in the Oregon Department of Education. Angela worked with the AISP while serving as Research, Data, and Communications Coordinator for the Oregon Longitudinal Data Collaborative in the Chief Education Office and later in the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Angela will discuss the work of the AISP, the Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration, and ongoing work with Data and Equity. 

Recording link:

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Antiracist Library or Racist Library--There is no Middle Ground

Antiracist libraries acknowledge the fallacy of being neutral in the face of racism.  Libraries are racist or antiracist.  Just like individuals—libraries cannot just say they are ‘not racist.’  Being an antiracist library means that they are actively working to dismantle racism and white supremacy in their libraries and communities.  Being antiracist also means they are working to dismantle the oppression of marginalized people.

Allowing bigots to perpetuate fear in the community is antithetical to the antiracist library.  The antiracist library is an enemy to bigotry.  The antiracist library is constantly reflecting on ‘neutral’ stances when it comes to ALL library policies.  Collection development, meeting room policies, website design, user satisfaction analysis, usage metrics and all other library policies need to be antiracist, or they are racist.  There is no in between.

So, when the library community says, “Libraries are for all!”  We are really saying that they are also open for racists and other bigots.  Bigots are NOT welcome in the antiracist library—ever.  

Allowing racists, homophobes, and other bigots to meet at the library, or to even distribute ‘information’ by leaving material in the library creates a hostile environment for patrons and workers.  

Antiracist libraries say, “Racists and other bigots are not welcome.”  This makes clear that the library is not neutral—it is antiracist and it reinforces that the library sides with library workers and patrons who are marginalized by racism and other forms of bigotry.  

Library patrons and worker rights to safety and not having to be terrorized by bigots are more important than the claims that hate speech and intimidation are forms of free speech.  Antiracist libraries recognize this and are clear about it with their communities.  

Library Patrons

Libraries must decide if they are racist or antiracist.  This disjunction is one of the most important questions of our time and impact ALL areas of the library world.  If a library chooses to be antiracist, then it must live up to this ideal make it known that the library is the enemy of bigotry.  It is your choice to make.  Please choose wisely my Oregon library friends.  

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Joint Council of Librarians of Color

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Librarians with Spines Stressful times Support Sessions Part One and Two Invite

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Librarians with Spines and Hinchas Press recognizes that the BIPOC and other oppressed library workers might be feeling stressed about the election, quarantine, the economy or other aspects that are the result of the times we are experiencing. 

We wish to offer support, empathy and strength to library workers and others who may feel the need for such support by providing a space for YOU!  If you are not a bigot, you are hereby invited to our Election Day and Post Election Day support sessions.

So, please join Librarians with Spines and Hinchas Press for a special Election Day Support session from 3-5 pm PST.

You can just come and talk, lurk, cry, give support, laugh, sing, or anything else you might want to do that is supportive and positive.

Session 1 

Here are the meeting details:

WhenTue Nov 3, 2020 3pm – 5pm Pacific Time - Los Angeles
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We will be having a Stressful Times Drop in Session Part Two on Thurs.  Here are those details:

Librarians with Spines Stressful Times Drop In Session Part 2

WhenThu Nov 5, 2020 3pm – 5pm Pacific Time - Los Angeles
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We look forward to supporting and uplifting one another during these stressful times.


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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Reading Group Resistance Showcase

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Please join us for another outstanding Librarians with Spines author showcase! This time we are doing something completely different! Librarians with spines editors, Max Macias and Yago Cura, along with designer extraordinaire Autumn Anglin will be interviewed by the Auraria Technical Services Division reading group! 

 The reading group has been reading Librarians with Spines Vol. 1 and will be sure to have some great questions for Autumn, Max and Yago. 

 The event takes place on Thursday, October 29th 2020 at 12pm PST. 
 Potential topics covered: Book publishing Editing Writing LIS And more 

Audience: LIS students Library workers Librarians BIPOC LIS students/Librarians/library workers/information professionals People interested in publishing Information professionals in general Others

Friday, August 28, 2020

Former Emporia State University employee not happy with $64K ruling for discrimination


New Post on Librarians with Spines



There has been an awakening on Instagram this year--a political, social, and historical awakening that is helping to change thinking about race, racism, activism, social justice and more. The beautiful thing about this awakening is that it is being led by BIPOC. One of the most prominent accounts to follow on instagram is @BIPOC_in_LIS! This account brings together so many issues of people who are oppressed--not only in LIS and libraries, but also in education and in general society. Every day I am moved by her posts and also learn from them. @BIPOC_in_LIS can be thought of as a clearinghouse of information related to BIPOC in libraries. @BIPOC_in_LIS goes beyond BIPOC and posts about all sorts of oppressed groups and intersections!

You can read more here.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Librarians with Spines Author Showcase #3 Recording up now!

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Librarians with Spines is proud to bring you another outstanding author showcase recording!

Dr. Miguel Juarez, Rebecca Hankins and Jina Duvernay (Librarians with Spines authors) interviewed Anthony Bishop and Kael Moffat (Librarians with Spines authors) on 8/24/2020.

Topics discussed:

  • Whiteness in LIS
  • Ethnographies
  • Recruitment of BIPOC into LIS careers

Many other LIS topics relevant to students, librarians, library workers and others.

Here is the link!


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Librarians with Spines Vol. 1 Now available as an Ebook!

I am so proud to announce that Librarians With Spines: Information Agitators In An Age Of Stagnation (or Vol. 1), is now available in an E-book format. The e-book can be found on Amazon, and is responsively formatted, so you can control the font size, etc. with your e-reader.

HINCHAS Press is working hard to bring you Vol. 02 in an E-book format by this fall and we plan on publishing Vol. 03 as a print and E-book format together.
If you are interested in submitting an abstract or an idea for a chapter in the next book, or as an author on a blog post here, please email Max at .
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What does Antiracism Mean?

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[Please note--this is not an extensive, comprehensive definition--it is my working definition.]

I'm sure you have probably heard the term antiracist recently.  It is a current trend for organizations and businesses to use the term antiracist in their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion documentation and activities.  

But what does the term Antiracist really mean?

Not being racist is NOT antiracism.  In fact, nobody in the americas can escape being racist in some way.  

Being antiracist is actively working toward creating a society that does not view individuals as representations of their entire people.  

Being antiracist is being actively engaged in bringing about this change in your organization. We must root out the idea that certain groups of people are superior, by their nature, and force structural change in our workplaces, organizations and society.

A way of thinking.

Here is what Ibram X. Kendi says about it in his book How to be Antiracist:

"To be antiracist is to think nothing is behaviorally wrong or right -- inferior or superior -- with any of the racial groups. Whenever the antiracist sees individuals behaving positively or negatively, the antiracist sees exactly that: individuals behaving positively or negatively, not representatives of whole races. To be antiracist is to deracialize behavior, to remove the tattooed stereotype from every racialized body. Behavior is something humans do, not races do."  

Acknowledge and understand that we exist in a society that has been shaped by racist ideas, policies, practices, laws and organizations.  Anyone who has been raised in the Americas has been raised in a world that is based on skin color, and revolves around the concept of whiteness.  Whiteness here being, the idea that people from Europe are the most important, most intelligent and highest form of beings on the planet.  Therefore, being as white as possible leads to the aforementioned characteristics and importance.  The farther away one is from whiteness lends itself to negative characteristics being slavish, inhuman and stupid and being less important among many others.  

To acknowledge this, is to become conscious that one must have biases and unconscious beliefs as a result of being raised in the Americas.  This must lead to critical self-reflection. 

Personal reflection

Being aware that one must have racial biases and in effect, be racist to a certain extent, if one were raised in the Americas is the first step to becoming antiracist.  One must critically reflect on one's ideas, behavior, body sensations and relationships with BIPOC if one wants to advance towards antiracism.  Only when someone becomes conscious of their behavior and ways of thinking, can they then work on fixing that behavior and thought.  

Being antiracist also means actively listening to criticism when others call out your racism.  This is such an important aspect of being an antiracist!  

I would say you can't be an antiracist if you don't do this.  

I've had friends call me out and my first bodily feeling was anger, denial and mistrust.  But after backing away for a bit to reflect and really listen to the critical words and ideas about my racist behavior and way of thinking, I was able to hear their message of love to me.  And it really is a message of love if someone feels the need to call you out on something.  If they didn't care about you, then they wouldn't say something.  I've been able to see problem areas related to racism in my life because of my loving friends who have helped me see where and what I need to work upon.

Denial is the friend of racism

Being raised in the racist milieu that are the Americas, it would be irrational to deny having racist ideas in our heads.  This culture is based on a strict set of racial categories with characteristics applied to each category.  This culture is racist in its structures and thought.  

So, like the alcoholic, the first thing we must do is come to terms with the fact that we are all racist to a certain extent and the only antidote to racism is acceptance and then an antiracist stance.  It is a disjunction, you are either a racist or antiracist--there is no in between.  Getting past denial is the first and one of the most important steps to becoming antiracist.  Accept the fact that we don't have control over the systems we were born into, but that we can change these systems for future generations by becoming antiracists.

A way of being

 Being anti-racist requires that the we act when we see policies, behavior or ideas that racialize behavior.  This means that we also analyze the structures that we operate within.  The organizations we work, live and die within have been created in a world that is explicitly racist.  We have come a long way, but it is time to dismantle racism, the policies that uphold racism, the ideas, the actions and the beliefs that are the infrastructure of racism is what we are going for here.  

We can all do our part, whether it is calling out racist behavior in the supermarket, or analyzing deep organizational policy for racialized ideas, concepts, practices and procedures EVERYONE can do something towards making our society an antiracist society instead of a racist society.  

Being antiracist requires us to:

  • Accept that we live in a racialized society and have been impacted by this
  • Be actively engaged in dismantling this racialized way of thinking
  • Be actively self-critical in terms of racist thinking and behavior
  • Be dynamic and ever-evolving in our antiracist thinking
  • Use what we learn from our antiracism to dismantle other forms of oppression

Friday, July 24, 2020

Three Anti-Racist Actions YOU Can Take in Your library RIGHT NOW!

"Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably." - NAC International Perspectives: Women and Global Solidarity

Here are three Anti-racist actions you can take today in your library:

Give your library policies an anti-racist audit.

Form a group from different stakeholders at your library.  

Recruit individuals from the administration of your organization, your union and your HR department--if possible.

Pick a simple policy, practice or procedure to analyze.

Notify any stakeholders who might not be included yet about your intent to audit the policy, practice or procedure.  

Crowdsource your analysis on a zoom whiteboard, or Google Doc, or something that makes collaboration easier. 

Present your findings to the group who owns said policy, practice or procedure.  

Ask for feedback from them on your groups suggestions for anti-racist improvements.

If the analysis is accepted and implemented, ask for a report on the impact these changes have made.

Present this information to your library administration with an executive summary.

Appoint people from marginalized communities to positions in your library.

If you are a hiring manager, find out what it takes to appoint people to positions under your domain.

Form a group from different stakeholders at your library.  

Recruit individuals from the administration of your organization and HR if possible.

Do an analysis of your department's ethnic makeup.

Find qualified candidates for appointment by getting in touch with BCALA, APALA, REFORMA, AILA, CALA, ALA Spectrum and Library Schools.

Work with community organizations to get interns and students from underrepresented groups to come work in your library.  

Provide support in the form of mentorships, affinity groups and antiracism groups--to begin with.

Define racist and other forms of bigotry outside of 'free speech.'

Many racists like to hide behind the veil of free speech, but racist speech and other forms of harassment are not free speech.  

Come up with a policy that bans racist forms of harassment by explicitly defining actions and words that are racist as such.  

For example, if someone is sending out emails to their organization, or simply individuals in their organization questioning if racism exists should be defined as explicit racist behavior.

Don't assume it is a question of free speech right off the bat.  We have restrictions on our behavior, language and other aspects of our lives while at work.

Racist behavior should not be treated as a special kind of offense--it is an egregious offense and their should be dire consequences.  Racism impacts productivity, 

Use these tactics to create an anti-oppression atmosphere for other marginalized and oppressed groups.

I know that this is a fourth action, but hey--it is necessary.

This is a blog post and is not meant to be comprehensive.  However, I would like comments so I can sharpen my suggestions with your practical insights and constructive criticism.  


My goal is to crowdsource practical ways to implement antiracism policy analysis and antiracism in general into US libraries.  

The time is past for EDI!

We need to work on Anti-oppression and 
Be actively anti-racist!  

Change doesn't happen on it's own, or just by waiting for it to happen.

We can all take active steps toward building the libraries and world we want!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Librarians with Spines Author Showcase 2: Grace Yamada Interviews kYmberly Keeton

Come hear and interact with two Librarians with Spines: Grace Yamada Interviews kYmberly Keeton about the Black Covid 19 Project, about Hip-Hop and Information Science (kYmberly's chapter was on this).  The conversation will be sure to include aspects of digital citizenship (Grace's chapter was on this topic), books, libraries and more.

Kymberly and Grace from Librarians with Spines

More about the Black Covid-19 Project: 
Keeton--Austin History Center's African American Community Archivist and Librarian was instrumental in organizing and launching Growing Your Roots, the four-day statewide African American genealogy conference earlier this year. But in this case, Keeton is all about the present – specifically about African Americans living through this same pandemic that's sending the AAABF to Zoom this year. She believes their stories matter, and she's collecting them for the Black COVID-19 Index, an independent project she initiated to gather stories, images, audio, and video created by African Americans in response to the coronavirus and these times.  Source: Austin Chronicle
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Recording:Librarians With Spines Author Showcase One: Ann Matushima Chiu and Cathy Camper

A conversation with Ann Matsushima Chiu and Cathy Camper on 6/27/2020 from 1-2 pm on Zoom! Both Ann and Cathy Camper were chapter authors in Librarians with Spines Vol. 1. Interviewers: Autumn Anglin, Yago Cura, Max Macias.  

Here is the recording of the Showcase:

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Librarians with Spines Author Showcase: Ann Matsushima Chiu and Cathy Camper 6/27/20

Please join us for a conversation with Ann Matsushima Chiu and Cathy Camper on 6/27/2020 from 1-2 pm on Zoom! Both Ann and Cathy Camper were chapter authors in Librarians with Spines Vol. 1. Interviewers: Autumn Anglin, Yago Cura, Max Macias.  This event is free.

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Librarians With Spines Online Salons....

[Cancelled--we will be back soon with a different, more focused format.   Max]

A librarian with a spine hard at work!

Please join us for a series of Librarians with Spines Salons.

This is a collaboration between Hinchas Press and Lowrider Librarian.

We wish to host conversations between Librarians about important issues such as:

  • Information Literacy in the time of Covid-19.
  • Self-publishing and censorship
  • BIPOC Librarian experience ethnographies, or other related topics.

Anything you all want to talk about--we are pretty open and can have a conversation about anything...

Please join us weekly on Friday evenings from 6-8 pm PST here:

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