PoC Academic Librarians and Deauthenticity
Deauthentication (a working definition): a process People of Color traverse to prepare for or navigate predominantly White workplace environments, resulting in decisions that hide or reduce aspects of 1) the influence of their ethnic, racial, or cultural identity, and 2) the presentation of their natural personality, language, physical and mental self-images/representations, interests, relationships, values, traditions, and more, to avoid macro- or microaggressions, shaming, incivility, punishment or retaliation, and which results in barriers to sharing their whole selves with their colleagues and/or clients.
Are you a credentialed academic librarian (MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or its equivalent)?
What is your race/ethnicity?
American Indian or Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Are you Hispanic/Latino?
What is your gender?
Prefer not to say
According to the working definition above, do you believe you have engaged in deauthentication?
If yes, choose the general category of the ways you've deauthenticated yourself to prepare for/navigate the workplace. (Choose all that apply)
Changed or (re)considered hair presentation (including origin i.e., "natural," styling, augmentation, or color)
Reduced linguistic accent or language structure
Changed accent, speaking tone, or language structure
Covered body markings (e.g., tattoos)
Changed or (re)considered clothing presentation
Changed or (re)considered body movements or non-verbal behaviors
Changed or (re)considered food choices (e.g., what you bring to work to eat or to a workplace social event for general consumption)
Changed or (re)considered creating or sharing content on your social media accounts
Reduced or avoided conversations about personal or family relationships
Reduced or avoided conversations about cultural or ethnic (formal or informal) traditions
Reduced or avoided conversations about non-work related activities, hobbies, or interests
Reduced or avoided discussions of religion, political, or social viewpoints
Avoided conversations about your career plans
How has deauthentication affected your library practice?
What do you believe may happen at your workplace or in your library career if you do not engage in deauthentication?
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