Friday May 13th: Virtual Conference
Monday May 16th: Hybrid Virtual and In-Person Conference at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC
Friday, May 13 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
“The Alphabet is an Abolitionist”: Libraries in the Disruption of Racialized Literacies (Opening Keynote)

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For Tracie D. Hall, the first Black woman to be appointed Executive Director of the American Library Association, accepting that post had as much to do with confronting a familial history of low literacy as it did with a more legible desire to participate in the shaping of contemporary information institutions and systems.
Arguing that library services should not be limited to our traditional audiences: those that have the requisite capacities to use libraries. Hall notes that there are people who do not have the ability to read and people who do not have the access to read. Both groups deserve our attention and advocacy. Beginning with the Frederick Douglass quote, "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free" and connecting the absence of that agency to the rise of mass-incarceration, underemployment, COVID-19 mortality and public health inequities, Hall mines the link between literacy and self-determination which she maintains is as true today as ever.

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Tracie D. Hall

Executive Director, American Library Association
In February 2020, Tracie D. Hall was appointed the American Library Association’s 10th executive director in its 143-year history. In her new role, Hall oversees the oldest and largest library association in the world, made up of 57,000 members and more than 200 staffers. Hall is... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT