distressing materials in libraries

drawing of cat with arched back and mouse in front of a jar and plate
From Reading-literature first reader / adapted and graded by Harriette Taylor Treadwell and Margaret Free (1911)

121st chat, Tuesday November 19 2019: distressing materials in libraries
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @lizdecoster and @LenaGluck
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) (pdf) by @violetbfox

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discussion questions:

  • Q1. What is the role of library records, especially archival descriptions, in documenting atrocity in relation to intergenerational trauma(s)? #critlib
  • Q2. Have members of your community ever expressed concern to you about upsetting visuals? Either displayed in the library or turned up in library books or databases? How have you responded? #critlib
  • Q3. How have you incorporated content warnings with your community to contextualize images that could be dehumanizing or distressing? What has gone well, or what might you try differently next time? #critlib
  • Q4. How does PTSD and other trauma-related disability impact the experience of education and work in archives, libraries, and similar institutions? #critlib