Medientipps / Media tips

On this page I share media tips for colleagues interested in critical library work, anti-discrimination and anti-racism work, critical race theory, inclusion, participation, and social justice issues. For now, this is just a list of some favorite books, articles, videos and websites. I’ll be adding and organizing this section more later on.

Lived experiences of POC working in libraries

Alabi, Jaena. “Racial Microaggressions in Academic Libraries: Results of a Survey of Minority and Non-Minority Librarians.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 41, no. 1 (January 1, 2015): 47–53.

Alabi, Jaena. “‘This Actually Happened’: An Analysis of Librarians’ Responses to a Survey about Racial Microaggressions.” Journal of Library Administration 55, no. 3 (April 3, 2015): 179–91.

Chou, Rose L., and Annie Pho. “Intersectionality at the Reference Desk: Lived Experiences of Women of Color Librarians.” In The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations, 2017.

Chou, Rose L, and Annie Pho. Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS (Book), 2018.

Kumaran, Maha, and Heather Cai. “Identifying the Visible Minority Librarians in Canada: A National Survey.” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 10, no. 2 (June 14, 2015): 108–26.

Swanson, Juleah, Azusa Tanaka, and Isabel Gonzalez-Smith. “Lived Experience of Academic Librarians of Color.” College & Research Libraries, November 1, 2018.

#critlib and critical librarians


#critlib chat, archives and reading list

Libraries and gender

Bargmann, Monika. “Berufsbild.” Library Mistress. Accessed June 10, 2018.

Engelkenmeier, Ute. 2018. “Das Bild der Bibliotheken, Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare im deutschen Fernsehen,” May.

Vetter, Danilo. “Die Geschätzte Kollegin Vom Festgezurrten Haupthaar : Geschlecht (k)Eine Frage in Bibliotheken?,” 2013.

Wimmer, Ulla. n.d. “Rasender Stillstand: Die Gender-“Speech-Gap“ in Bibliotheken.” Accessed July 14, 2019. urn:nbn:de:0290-opus4-165902

Critical Race Theory

Bell, Derrick A. “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory.” University of Illinois Law Review 1995 (1995): 893–910. Download PDF via link at University of Maryland.

Crenshaw, Kimberlé Williams. “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics.” University of Chicago Legal Forum 1989, no. 1 (December 7, 2015).

  • This is the text in which Crenshaw introduced her concept of intersectionality.

Crenshaw, Kimberlé Williams. “Twenty Years of Critical Race Theory: Looking Back To Move Forward.” (download PDF) Connecticut Law Review 43, no. 5 (2011): 1253–1353.

Delgado, Richard, and Jean Stefancic. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. Second edition. New York ; London: New York University Press, 2012.

Möschel, Mathias. “Race in Mainland European Legal Analysis: Towards a European Critical Race Theory.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 34, no. 10 (October 1, 2011): 1648–1664.

Reyes, Nicole Alia Salis. “A Space for Survivance: Locating Kānaka Maoli through the Resonance and Dissonance of Critical Race Theory.” Race Ethnicity and Education 21, no. 6 (November 2, 2018): 739–56.