The Lib Guide is essentially just a library guide. And within it, librarians can create different guides. It could be a subject guide. It could be a course guide. It could be something very general, such as race and belonging at CPS. Right now, we have our main landing page, which will take you to our classic catalog, and then a breakdown of pages by subject. We have one for History, Science, English, and all of the languages that we offer. And within them, we have sections specific to the courses that are being taught or subjects and areas of interest. Right now, one of the electives that we have is Forensics. Within the Science guide, there's a section with some of the required reading, as well as just things that I think those students might be interested in if they want to learn more.
Moving forward, how will this site be curated, and how will you continue to find content for it?
I’m part of a few of the collectives or groups that I’ve included on the page, so I keep up with what they’re doing or what’s being discussed in the library world or academia that way. I follow some of the new publications on those specific sites, some of which are opinion pieces, but a lot of them are academic. I want to make sure that I'm continuing to think critically about my library practices. It’s going to change as communities continue to think about their identities and continue to present their identities to society-at-large. This could be anything, like changing key terms or subject terms, but also movements change and redefine themselves. So I just want to stay on top of those things and not let myself get complacent as a librarian.
What challenges have you come across in the field and how has that shaped your approach to your work?
Initially I went in thinking I'd do more archival work. The first class they had us take in library school is called Information & Perspectives. Which is about the history of libraries, serving a variety of patrons, and just getting an understanding of the field. Seeing how white the curriculum was, I thought, oh my goodness, there's a lot of racism in library spaces that I didn't realize. And so that was one of the first hurdles that I had to jump over. For example, there is an ongoing debate about whether or not archivists need to be more intentional in collecting the artifacts and histories of marginalized communities. Learning about these things and my experiences in library school led me to look more deeply into race and libraries and has brought me to the work I’m doing now.