University Libraries & Learning Sciences Faculty and Staff Publications

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

Summer 6-2018


This chapter is the 20 year follow-up to Neely’s 1996 chapter of the same name (Neely, 1996). She is still the only Black librarian in her current position and has been the only one at each of the three institutions where she’s worked. She writes about geographical isolation, personal loss, and the physical, spiritual, and emotional toll working and living in white spaces has taken.


Rowman & Littlefield

Publication Title

In Our Own Voices, Redux: The Faces of Librarianship Today

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Librarianship, whiteness, trauma, loss, microaggressions, Black women, intersectionality



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