What are we doing now?
We are collectively examining our policies and programs to embed anti-racist actions into the department now and into the future.
We are updating collection descriptions and digital object metadata, as feasible
We commit to critical, collaborative deliberation in determining whether and when to retain harmful language in our finding aids and catalog records.
What have we done so far?
Published Black Lives Matter (BLM) Statement in June 2020
Offered free, virtual We Are History Keepers programming, a series of archiving best practices workshops geared towards members of local ethnic communities in the Puget Sound region
Updated the CASA Latina records finding aid to include a Spanish language translation of the descriptive metadata
Created a bilingual transcription in English and Spanish, of the Rosalinda Guillén and Julio Romero oral history interviews
Integrated collaborative EDI-Centered and non-normative questions into the COVID-19 oral history project in partnership with community and stakeholder organizations, including the Asian Pacific Labor Alliance (APALA)
Continued with EDI-centered social media programming highlighting collections documenting the stories of people of color, including workers of color from Labor Archives of Washington collections
Labor Archives of Washington participated in radio show/podcast episodes on Northwest Labor Employment Law Office (LELO), a regional BIPOC-led civil rights law and labor organizing organization
Worked with the rest of the Libraries on the Anti-Racist Collections LibGuide, linking to the African American Research & Archival Collections in the Pacific Northwest Collection
Drafted and published Critical Cataloging and Archival Description Statement on the UW Libraries website, along with the creation of a feedback form for users to flag problematic description in catalog records, archival finding aids, digital collections metadata, and other descriptive records as well as a workflow for addressing flagged description in these descriptive records
Began tracking and addressing issues through the feedback form related to specific instances of problematic and harmal description in finding aids and digital collections
Conducted a survey on workflow for discovering and flagging racist imagery in ‘Historical Children’s Literature’ ContentDM
We are open to your feedback!
We want to ensure that we are compassionate listeners that are ready to act on your meaningful feedback. If you have questions regarding material or collections, you are welcome to contact the subject-area curator. If you have feedback regarding outdated, problematic, and/or harmful descriptions in our finding aids, digital collections records, and other descriptive resources, you can submit questions and comments via this form or by emailing email@example.com.
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