The staff at the Wright State University Libraries has created an online Anti-racism Guide providing campus resources, book recommendations, education videos and more about racism and racial justice. The Anti-racism Resource Guide provides students, faculty, staff, and community members with resources that can promote understanding through research and reflection.
The Anti-racism Guide provides a variety of resources in one place on the library’s website, including:
- Media and videos from the library’s Kanopy collection and on YouTube
- University resources for health, wellness and support
- Additional reading lists and recommended resources from national organizations
- Research databases focused on anti-racism and criminal justice
- Fiction and nonfiction books in the libraries’ collection about racism and white supremacy
Mandy Shannon, head of instruction and research services for the University Libraries, said that “we realized we had an opportunity to facilitate that process by sharing resources in a single place.”
Shannon turned to a variety of sources from around the country and at Wright State to help compile the resources in the guide, including professional library publications and forums, active social media discussions, and publishers. She received suggestions from across campus and from staff members throughout the library. Resources were also added at the suggestions of faculty, staff, and students who reached out after the library published the guide.
“There are so many resources available that it can feel overwhelming and, often, the response to information overload is just to tune out because we don’t know where to focus,” Shannon said. “Starting anywhere is better than turning away.”