A Taxonomy of Black History Month Programming in Public Libraries: Looking Back to Impact the Next 50 Years

A session by Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown, Dr. La Vonne Neal and Dr. Deborah Robinson BCALA, Missouri State University, Association for the Study of African American Life and History and University of Michigan

July 31, 2021, 12:45 pm CST

While virtually every public library across the U.S. conducts some program during BHM, there has never been a systematic study to assess the content, scope, target age groups, and focus of that programming. Given the current racial climate and NCAALs values on diversity, inclusion, and life-long learning, it is essential for librarians to refresh their Black History Month (BHM) programming.

BCALA collaborated with the Public Library Association (PLA), the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the Association the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Project Outcome, the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment, and the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) at the University of Michigan, on an IMLS-funded project to create a taxonomy of BHM programming in public libraries. Attendees will have an opportunity learn about the variety of BHM programming currently being conducted in public libraries, to evaluate and critique the taxonomy, and leave the session with new ideas.

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