Librarian Sam Berry-Sullivan provides an examination of how Whiteness and White supremacy culture have insinuated themselves into librarianship and academic libraries, and steps academic library staff can take to ameliorate it.
After graduating from the University at Albany with a Master of Science in Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in English Literature, Sam Berry-Sullivan was hired as a part-time reference librarian for SUNY Adirondack Community College. While working part-time at ‘ACC’, Sam also enjoyed several stints as a Library Assistant at 5 of the 7 branches of Albany Public Library. An intense curiosity, love of learning and discourse, and desire to do more pushed Sam to apply for full time librarian positions at four-year institutions, ultimately earning their position as Reference Librarian and Coordinator for Health Sciences at Utica University. At Utica, Sam works with Health Sciences faculty and students to support their research and scholarship. Sam is an active member of the campus community, and, in line with their passion for social justice, works closely with the Division for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Sam is in their second year of leading Utica University’s DEI Book Club.
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