Cheery Friday Greetings!
Firstly, I must correct a date from last week: The 13th Amendment was ratified by the states on December 6, 1865-not 2865! My hope for the year 2865 is that they will look back on this period of history--845 years in their past--and determine that we were indeed, "good ancestors" as per Layla F. Saad-that we dismantled systemic racism and created a just, equal, equitable, and inclusive society in which all people thrived and continue to do so 1,000 years after the ratification of the 13th Amendment.
There will be an opportunity for folks interested in books, articles, and videos on the topic of racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, and white supremacy to join a D-E-I-related online discussion series. We're going to begin on August 6, noon, with Ibram X. Kendi's book entitled How to Be an Antiracist. For those of you wanting to participate (SCRLC members and beyond), we could do this a couple of ways: 1) Read the book and come prepared to discuss the entire work, or 2) Read the first 4 chapters for August 6 (there are 18; it's 307 pages) and spend a month discussing. On August 13 we would do chapters 5-9; August 20, 10-14; and August 27, 15-18 and any other aspects of the book. I would like to hear from you regarding your preference. In September we'll continue with journal articles or a video, followed by a book in October-November. Please join our DEI special interest group-this is where the discussions between sessions can take place. Contact Diane Capalongo if you encounter any challenges in trying to join.
New York State has been in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic for 4+ months. While it would be great to have this behind us, wishful thinking does not make it so. Over half of the states are trending up, and it is only due to stringent measures that much of New York State entered Phase 4 today. We cannot get complacent. The REALM Project is looking at the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on various library materials. As far as I know, they are not researching its aerosol/airborne properties. That data is coming from other research groups, e.g., Kimberly A. Prather et al. publishing in the journal Science article and a more recent piece appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by Renyi Zhang et al.:
"Our analysis reveals that the difference with and without mandated face covering represents the determinant in shaping the trends of the pandemic. This protective measure significantly reduces the number of infections. Other mitigation measures, such as social distancing implemented in the United States, are insufficient by themselves in protecting the public. Our work also highlights the necessity that sound science is essential in decision-making for the current and future public health pandemics."
An article published in Vox recently on the emerging longterm complications of COVID-19, as explained by Lois Parshley, reinforces the need to keep this deadly virus away from our organizations.
Lastly, beginning in July we are returning to a bi-weekly format for the News. We look forward to continuing to connect with you through our various member meet-ups.
I wish you a safe, peaceful, and reflective 4th of July.
Yours in partnership,