Directions, the Canadian Race Relation’s journal, provides community-based, action-oriented research, commentary, and perspectives on eliminating racism and discrimination.
We are pleased to announce that the September submission in Directions comes from Amber Matthews of Western University. First published in Partnership: Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, “Racialized youth in the public library: Systemic racism through a critical theory lens” discusses the need and importance for race-based data in institutions such as the public library and the reversal of race neutrality.
Amber Matthews is a Library and Information Science (LIS) doctoral student at Western University and holds a master’s degree in LIS. Her research examines systemic racism in public libraries and its impacts on racialized youth in Canada. Her work is grounded in anti-oppression methodologies, specifically critical race theory and anti-racism, and suggests that failing to account for race and redress systemic power relationships denies historical imbalances of power and entrenches systemic racism.
Principally, her work is concerned with the untenable position of library policy being both neutral and diverse and aims to identify reflective and reflexive anti-oppressive practices that support all Canadian youth. Prior to returning to scholarly research, she a nine-year career in community and youth engagement and worked for several large charities including hospital foundations, children’s and youth rehabilitation and treatment centers, and a shelter for abused women and children. Through her professional career, Amber worked collaboratively with communities to help raise over $70 million for social services and healthcare s in Canada and abroad.
Directions, the Canadian Race Relation’s journal, provides community-based, action-oriented research, commentary, and perspectives on eliminating racism and discrimination. This journal serves as an important piece of the CRRF’s mission to strengthen Canadian values and build a united Canadian community. Articles are aligned with the articulated themes of race, racism, and discrimination - in all forms - in Canada an approximately one article will be published per month.
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