Dialogue: Shorish and Nowviskie





This dialogue offers perspectives from two differently-positioned library leaders on their collaborative work to advance equity and racial justice in the context of a predominantly white academic library and educational technology organization. Topics covered include issues of scale and temporality in reckoning with structural racism; developing a workplace culture that supports growth and learning while mitigating harm; building and sustaining community both within and beyond formal institutions; developing personal and organizational accountability; and challenges in the use of data for assessing progress and working authentically toward change.   

Pre-print first published online 5/12/2022

Author Biographies

Yasmeen Shorish, James Madison University

Yasmeen Shorish is head of Scholarly Communications Strategies at the James Madison University Libraries, where she also serves as Special Advisor to the Dean for Equity Initiatives.

Bethany Nowviskie, James Madison University

Dr. Bethany Nowviskie is the Dean of Libraries and Senior Academic Technology Officer at James Madison University, where she also serves as Professor of English.