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Unpacking Racial Literacy: Part 1

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:00 PM
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Framing the Future: Advancing Strategic Planning in Small and Rural Libraries 

Your State Library along with five other states is a part of a federal grant to encourage small and rural libraries to create plans that help improve service and establish the library as the powerful community center it can be for everyone in the community. 

This grant has three phases: 

  • Phase 1 – learn about making everyone feel welcome at the library 

  • Phase 2 – learn about the importance of strategic planning 

  • Phase 3 – participate in a community focused planning session led by zero to low cost facilitators trained in how to lead listening sessions and plan development 

Welcoming everyone and becoming a window to the world 

Librarians and board members have the power to help build a kinder, safer community. The first phase is designed to increase our awareness of how to help build a welcoming community. If you are interested in taking part in the strategic planning piece of this grant, we ask that you take either this online class or We're All in This Together: Serving Everyone in the Community. 

Unpacking Racial Literacy: a 2-part series 

Dr. Tanisha Brandon-Felder is currently the Director of Equity and Family Engagement in the Shoreline School District. An educator in the Seattle Public Schools for 16 years, Dr. Brandon-Felder specializes in race and equity, culturally responsive practices and, primarily the achievement and opportunity gap occurring with Black and Brown students. A graduate of both Grambling State and University of Washington she focuses on equitable leadership with adults. Dr. Brandon-Felder piloted the Creative Schools Initiative through Arts Corps and is a firm believer that the arts creates pathways for student engagement and academic success.  

Racial Equity is the key in identifying all the ways in which we can build strong learning partnerships and  ensure equitable outcomes for students. Dr. Brandon-Felder is committed to transforming institutional practices one system at a time. 

Part 1: January 26, 2021 from noon – 2pm (Pacific); 1-3pm (Mountain); and 2-4pm (Central) 

Common Vocabulary and Using the Agreements 


  • Identity Circle 

  • Introducing the Norms for Conversations about Race 

  • Understanding the Language of Race and Equity 

  • Equity Terms Exercise – what you knew and what you know now 

Outcome:  To gain common vocabulary and norms as a foundation for future growth in equity work. 

Review of the Agreements and the 4 Corners of Talking about Race 


  • Review of Norms 

  • 4 Corners of Talking about Race exercise 

  • Small and large group discussion 

Outcome: Using norms to establish a culture of talking about race and equity. 

Part 2: February 23, 2021 from noon – 1:30pm (Pacific); 1:00 – 2:30pm (Mountain); and 2:00 – 3:30pm (Central) 

Naming and Framing Oppression 


  • Discussing Cultural Power 

  • Language of the Oppressed/Social Identities 

  • Interrupting Oppression-Allyship (Accomplices) 

  • Practicing the interruption of oppression 

Outcomes: To identify groups with cultural power, acknowledge groups without cultural power AND to use our power to recognize and call out oppression. 

Windows and Mirrors 


  • Defining windows and mirrors 

  • Examining the current reality of literature 

  • Whose stories get told? 

Outcomes: To create opportunities for windows and mirrors to be present in the library. 

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This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Laura Bush, Community Catalyst Grant number RE-246273-OLS-20. Arizona, Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming are participating in this project. 






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Cook, Tracy - Staff (Montana State Library)


Framing the Future: Advancing Strategic Planning for Rural and Small Libraries


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