In light of the effects on COVID-19 on New York State, we felt it was necessary and important to host a community call for BIPOC librarians, archivists, educators, library and cultural workers living/working in New York City and the surrounding areas. The purpose of this call is to provide a compassionate space, free of judgment, where we can share our thoughts, feelings, and insights on the current situation and provide mutual support. Anyone is welcome although we ask that you join the call with a spirit of empathy and respect for one another. For more information please refer to the METRO code of conduct.
The Community Call will be facilitated by Traci Mark (Studio Manager of METRO) and Zakiya Coller (Digital Archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) and will take place on Wednesday, May 6th from 2-3 PM.
This event will not be recorded. If you’re unable to attend, please feel free to email Traci Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts ahead of time.We will try to include them into our discussion. There will also be a written summary of the call (without names) that will be published on metro.org on a later date. If you would prefer to participate anonymously, consider using a pseudonym during the call and/or elect to join without video.
A few topics we welcome participants to discuss include:
— Managing your workday from home.
— Self-care tips and coping strategies.
— Setting boundaries with staff, co-workers, managers, and even household members.
— Job precarity, funding, budgets.
— Taking the time to process the current situations. Strategies to help with this.
— What are you reading, watching, writing?
— Ways we can support one another and take action.
A few important resources:
— Social Distancing is a Privilege (via NYtimes)
— COVID-19 Is Hitting Black and Poor Communities the Hardest (JSTOR Daily)
— LGBTQ community may be ‘particularly vulnerable’ to coronavirus pandemic. Here’s why. (USA TODAY)
— New York state now has more coronavirus cases than any country outside the US (CNBC)
— MoMA Terminates All Museum Educator Contracts (Hyperallergic)
— Tamiment-Wagner Community: COVID-19 Support & Resources
— Documenting Your Community’s Experience of COVID-19: A Resource List