Librarianship is not immune to racism. Those who work in librarianship still have to reckon with the racism and lack of diversity that pervades the field. To discuss their experiences being Librarians of Color and what Diversity in Libraries really means, RCLS and the Coalition welcome panelists Richard Ashby, Jr., Sandra Echols, and Taina Evans.
About the panelists:
Mr. Richard E. Ashby, Jr., is the director of the FOR Sto-Rox Public Library in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania; co-founder and director of LiteracyNation, and president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He became a librarian to make a difference in the lives of everyone that he meets.
Librarianship has helped him reach his goals and live his dreams. His amazing journey, however, did not begin as a librarian, although his mother told him that he would probably become one.
Sandra Echols is the immediate past President of the New York Black Librarians Caucus (NYBLC) serving an extended term, 2015-2018, and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from the Caulfield School of Education at Saint Peter’s University. She holds a Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) from St. John’s University as well as a Master of Science (M.S.) in Fund-Raising and Grant-Making from New York University (NYU). She earned two degrees concurrently while also working full-time and is a single mother with three children.
Taina K. Evans works for Brooklyn Public Library and currently oversees library services within ten Brooklyn locations. She is the outgoing chair of the RSS Library Services to Aging Population Committee of Reference and User Services Assn. (RUSA). She is active in both Library Services to Person with Print Disabilities committee and Consumer Health Information Librarians Interest Group of Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), and also involved in New York’s Library Association (NYLA). As an adjunct professor, within the Division of Library and Information Science Program at St. John’s University, Mrs. Evans teaches a course in Collection Development & Management. Mrs. Evans has a B.A. in Government and Politics and Master’s Degree in Library Science from St. John’s University.