April/May 2014 Meeting – Diversity in Children’s Literature

For our final meeting of the semester, we will have co-facilitators Melissa Hayes and Karla Lucht, GSLIS doctoral students, join us to discuss diversity in children’s literature, complementing the May 2014 issue of School Library Journal. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 30th from 12-1pm in GSLIS 046. You may also attend virtually via http://go.illinois.edu/gslis_meeting. Readings for the meeting are available here (UIUC GSLIS affiliate access only).

Bibiliography of Supporting Readings

Gilton, D. L. (2012). The Future of Multicultural Youth Literature. Knowledge Quest40(3), 44-47.

Hughes-Hassell, S., & Cox, E. J. (2010). Inside Board Books: Representations of People of Color. Library Quarterly, 80(3), 211-230.

Hughes-Hassell, S. (2013). Multicultural Young Adult Literature as a Form of Counter-Storytelling. Library Quarterly83(3), 212-228.

Kurz, R. (2012). Missing Faces, Beautiful Places: The Lack of Diversity in South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominees. New Review Of Children’s Literature & Librarianship, 18(2), 128-145. doi:10.1080/13614541.2012.716695

Sokoll, T. (2013). Representations of Trans* Youth in Young Adult Literature: A Report and a Suggestion. Young Adult Library Services11(4), 23-26.


April 2014 Meeting: Discussion on Ableism

For our next meeting, we will have Meadow Jones, a doctoral student in Art Education at the University of Illinois (and GSLIS alum!), join us to discuss her blog post on The Feminist Wire website, The Able-ist Gaze: Imagining Malingering. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. in GSLIS 46, and virtually via http://go.illinois.edu/gslis_meeting.

Main Reading:

Jones, M. (2013, November 25). The Able-ist gaze: Imagining malingering [web log post]. Retrieved from http://thefeministwire.com/2013/11/the-able-ist-gaze-imagining-malingering/

Supplementary Readings

Solis, S. (2006). I’m “Coming Out” as Disabled, but I’m “Staying In” to Rest: Reflecting on elected and imposed segregation. Equity & Excellence in Education, 39(2), 146-153.

McLean, M. A. (2011). Getting to know you: The prospect of challenging ableism through adult learning. New Directions For Adult & Continuing Education, (132), 13-22. doi:10.1002/ace.427

February 2014 Meeting: Discussion on Women in Science

We are excited to convene for our first Inclusions & Exclusions Reading Group discussion for the Spring 2014 semester. We will have Dr. Kate Clancy, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology here at the University of Illinois, join us to discuss her blog post on the Scientific American website, Women in Science: Welcome But Not Welcome. The event will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. in GSLIS 341, and virtually via http://go.illinois.edu/gslis_meeting.

Main Reading:

Clancy, K. (2014, January 14). Women in science: Welcome, but not welcome [web log post]. Retrieved from http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/context-and-variation/2014/01/14/women-in-science-welcome-but-not-welcome/.

Bibiliography of Supporting Readings

Cech, E. A., & Blair-Loy, M. (2010). Perceiving Glass Ceilings? Meritocratic versus Structural Explanations of Gender Inequality among Women in Science and Technology. Social Problems57(3), 371-397. doi:10.1525/sp.2010.57.3.371

Graslie, E. [thebrainscoop]. (2013, November 27). Where my ladies at? [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRNt7ZLY0Kc.

Raymond, J. (2013). Sexist attitudes: Most of us are biased. Nature495(7439), 33-34. doi:10.1038/495033a

Resource Guide – Juvenile Detention Centers

The following resources were provided by Jeanie Austin during her discussion on Juvenile Detention Centers.


http://elseyjdc.wordpress.com/ – Extending Library Services to Empower Youth (ELSEY)/Turn the Page: service effort to revitalize the library collection and promote literacy and information skills of youth detained in the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center.

http://mixituplis.wordpress.com/ – Mix IT Up! – GSLIS Project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with a mission to increase the information technology skills of youth and to foster student-community-LIS partnerships.

http://richardross.net/juvenile-in-justice – Richard Ross’ Juvenile (In)Justice – online photography exhibition depicting juveniles being held in detention centers and capturing their experiences and stories.

“Pew Quantifies the Collateral Costs of Incarceration on the Economic Mobility of Former Inmates, Their Families, and Their Children”

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/sesame-street-introduces-muppet-dad-jail-article-1.1376845 – “’Sesame Street’ introduces first-ever muppet with a parent in prison”

“Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” Toolkit

http://www.beatwithin.org/ – The Beat Within – A weekly literary publication featuring writing and art produced by incarcerated youth.

“And Stay Out of Trouble: Narratives for Black Urban Children” by Lelac Almagor

“A Response to Lelac Almagor’s “And Stay Out of Trouble” by Sharon G. Flake

http://diversityinya.tumblr.com/ – Diversity in YA Tumblr

http://www.blackyouthproject.com/ – Black Youth Project – online community with news, media, and research related to Black youth centered on the tenets of knowledge, voice, and action.

http://criticalresistance.org/ – Critical Resistance – National grassroots organization with a goal of building an international movement to eradicate the prison industrial complex.

“Critical Issues in Juvenile Detention Center Libraries”

Almagor, L. (2009). And stay out of trouble: Narratives for black urban children. The Horn Book Magazine : About Children’s Books and Reading, 85, 5, 525-529. http://archive.hbook.com/magazine/articles/2009/sep09_almagor.asp

Booth, C. (2012). Separate, Not Equal. http://www.cbcdiversity.com/post/58272394306/separate-not-equal

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistic: “Racial and Ethnic Composition: Percentage of U.S. children ages 0-17 by Race and Hispanic Origin, Selected Years 1980-2010.” http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/tables/pop3.asp?popup=true-d

Hunt, J. & Moodie-Mills. A.C. (2012). The unfair criminalization of gay and transgender youth: An overview of the experiences of LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system. Brief for the Center of American Progress. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/report/2012/06/29/11730/the-unfair-criminalization-of-gay-and-transgender-youth/

Sickmund, M., Sladky, T.J., Kang, W., & Puzzanchera, C. (2011). “Easy Access to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement”. http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezacjrp/

Additional Resources
Alexander, M. (2010). The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. New York: New Press. Worldcat record: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/320803432

Vogel, B. (2009). The prison library primer: A program for the twenty-first century. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press. Worldcat record: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/319514243

Meiners, E. R. (2007). Right to be hostile: Schools, prisons, and the making of public enemies. New York: Routledge. Worldcat record: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/71812709

Cacho, L. M. (2012). Social death: Racialized rightlessness and the criminalization of the unprotected. New York: New York University Press. Worldcat record: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/795173840

GSLIS in a Flash: Jeanie Austin – Critical Issues in the Juvenile Detention Center Library

YALSA-Lockdown – ALA Mailing List (ALA Membership required) http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/yalsa-lockdown

Library Services for Youth in Custody


I&E Reading Group Discussion with Kristyn Caragher

We are looking forward to having a great discussion facilitated by Kristyn Caragher, centered around Julia Glassman’s article Stop Speaking For Us: Women-of-Color Bloggers, White Appropriation, and What Librarians Can Do About It. Our meeting will take place in GSLIS 131 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15th, and will be available virtually at http://go.illinois.edu/gslis_meeting. Kristyn has kindly provided the following discussion questions as a stepping stone for conversation. Feel free to join in the discussion in this space, and we hope you will be able to join us shortly!

Moving towards a common context: general questions

1)      Why have women of color turned towards autonomous publishing as a means of creating spaces for their voices?

2)      What is the difference between plagiarism and appropriation? Why is this distinction important to make, and in particular in the context of the case studies?

3)      What does it mean to render a woman of color blogger invisible? What’s happening in the case studies?

The Case Studies:

Immigration in Feminism

1) What implications can we draw from the appropriation of Brownfemipower’s work and the feminist community’s response to the allegation?

Radical Love

1)      How does the appropriated definition of radical love differ from the original?

2)      What does the author cite as the most illuminating aspect of the incident in relation to library and information science?


1)      What is kyriarchy? What spurred the introduction of this term?

2)      Why is Hodgson’s response to Factora-Borchers inappropriate?

What Librarians Can Do About It

1)      Why is collecting and preserving radical women of colors blogs especially pertinent today?  What reasons does Glassman cite?

2)      What are the author’s recommendations for establishing blog collections? What other recommendations do you have?

FIRST I&E Event for Fall 2013!



Duarte photoWe are pleased to announce that, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Nicole Cooke, the first Inclusions & Exclusions Reading Group event has been scheduled!

Dr. Marisa Duarte, the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will join the Inclusions and Exclusions Reading Group on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 12pm, in room 109. Dr. Duarte will lead a discussion about Native systems of knowledge and what that means in terms of our common concepts of intellectual freedom (i.e., colonial dimensions of intellectual freedom).

Please join us for an informative session!  This is a brown bag session, so feel free to bring your lunch. If you are a GSLIS student, staff, or faculty member, you may access readings in support of the discussion here. If you are a guest to our site, the bibliography for the readings will follow this text.

You can access the meeting virtually via http://go.illinois.edu/gslis_meeting.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact RaShauna Brannon (rbranno2 [at] illinois [dot] edu). Hope to see you there!

Bibiliography of Supporting Readings

Dei, G. J. S. (2000). Rethinking the role of Indigenous knowledges in the academy. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 4(2), 111-132.

King, T. (2005). “You’ll Never Believe What Happened” is always a great place to start. In The truth about stories: A native narrative. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Lee, D. (2011). Indigenous Knowledge Organization: A Study of Concepts, Terminology, Structure and (Mostly) Indigenous Voices. Partnership: The Canadian Journal Of Library And Information Practice And Research, 6(1). Retrieved from https://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/article/view/1427

Welcome to Inclusions and Exclusions Reading Group

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS in Social Community & Organizational Informatics is a reading group based in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Everyone is welcome to join us, whether you are on campus or not.
Key goals in the 2012-13 academic year are to share and refine concrete tools broadly related to informatics for constructive discussions about racism and diversity. We want to ensure that policies are not substituted for action, as Sara Ahmed notes in her new book. In addition to reading excerpts from Ahmed’s On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life and other publications, we will evaluate websites, watch videos, critique diversity plans, and engage in other activities recommended by participants.

CONTACTS: Kathryn LaBarre, klabarre (at) illinois (dot) edu; Nicole Cooke, nacooke (at) illinois (dot) edu; and RaShauna Brannon, rbranno2 (at) illinois (dot) edu; Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Tentative meeting time: Second and Fourth Thursdays, noon-one at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL; Second Thursdays informally organized around a short reading; Fourth Thursdays will feature research broadly related to digital inclusion.

Readings may include excerpts from Sara Ahmed, On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (Duke University Press, 2012); M. Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing (Duke, 2005); Dorothy E. Smith, ed., Institutional Ethnography as Practice (Rowman/Littlefield, 2006); María Lugones, Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes (Rowman/Littlefield, 2003)

Research may include presentations by LIS students working on digital inclusion and SCOI issues, such as broadband adoption; Dr. Will Patterson on Hip Hop and Community Informatics; campus scholarship on engaged learning