Race has been and continues to be a dividing line for many in our country and around the world. Wars are waged over it, people are killed for it, there are benefits and privileges associated with it, as well as disadvantages and inequities.
In this issue, we want to consider Race(ism). This issue is open for articles that provide broad and specific discussions that address questions such as:
• How has your library addressed race and/or racism or microaggressions/implicit bias/etc?
• How do we train ourselves, especially in libraries, to recognize race and the harms that can be perpetrated against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)?
• What are the roles that BIPOC YA librarians can/do play in creating a safe space for teens in their libraries?
• How are BIPOC YA librarians helping to bring the issues of race, equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or social justice to the forefront in their libraries? Likewise, what are non-BIPOC YA librarians doing?
• Why are there so few YA librarians of color and how can we address this? (who recruits them, which libraries have been successful & how)
• How has your library taken a strong stance against racial injustice?
• What are teens' thoughts on race as it relates to the library community and how can we provide guidance on the topic?
• Are there programs, presentations, or resources that your library or your teens have created centered around race?
Please note that this is a volunteer writing opportunity with no monetary compensation. YALSA has the right to first refusal.
If you have an article idea for this themed issue, please submit article proposals by February 1, 2021
If you know someone who has experience on this topic and would be interested in writing for YALS or have questions, please contact YALS' editor, Yolanda Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org