Keepers of the Culture: The Activism of Librarians and Archivists
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October 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Activism may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of libraries and archives, but the work of librarians and archivists is inherently political. Join us for a robust discussion on the intersection of library and archival work with activism and get to know the people who preserve and protect our cultural heritage and the free flow of information and ideas. Imani Beverly will talk about radical acts of librarianship that transform lives and communities including the ideas of librarians and archivists as cultural arbiters charged with keeping stories and histories available to everyone. Using the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as a case study, Barrye Brown will explore the theme of activism in its myriad forms and meanings, as it relates to archives and archivists.
Barrye Brown is currently a Processing Archivist in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She holds a MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on Archives and Records Management, a MA in Atlantic World History from Rice University, and a BA in History from Dillard University. She recently became a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) in October 2017. Prior to her current position, she served as the Reference and Outreach Archivist at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston.
Imani Beverly has worked in libraries for over fifteen years including more than five years as a Branch Manager. Starting as a preservation assistant, she became a middle school, public and is currently a university librarian. Imani received her BA in Anthropology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and her Masters of Library and Information Science from Simmons University in Boston, MA. Currently she works as a Reference Librarian at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library for Anthropology, Sociology, Education and Criminal Justice.