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July 12, 2022 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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'Nice White Librarians' by Miss Julie

Children’s librarian Julie, who doesn’t provide her last name, runs the Hi, Miss Julie blog. She writes the following:

Much like neutrality, niceness is a quality that I believe causes more harm than good, in almost every situation, but especially in workplaces, and especially libraries.

Librarianship is rife with nice white lady librarians. They dominate the profession and thereby the professional culture. And boy, few things are more terrible than a nice white lady when it comes to EDI. You see, nice white ladies like to be comfortable, and to dismantle white supremacy you need to realize you don’t have a right to comfort. …

We can’t dance around the topic of racism. We can’t avoid discussing how trans kids and trans people of all ages are under attack. We can’t just get along with bigots. Nice white librarians upheld Jim Crow laws and denied John Lewis a library card. Our system of organization was created by a man so sexist that the organization he founded kicked him out. We need to acknowledge our past failings and vow to do better going forward.

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