Rutgers Prof to Give Webinar for Librarians on Dealing With Microaggressions
“attendees will be provided with research-based examples and guidelines”
The left has clearly designated librarians as some sort of unofficial referees when it comes to dealing with microaggressions.
Campus Reform reports:
Rutgers prof helps librarians avoid virtual microaggressions
A Rutgers University professor is scheduled to present a webinar next month for college librarians on “mitigating microaggressions in virtual reference.”
During the February 21 webinar, Professor Marie Radford and researcher Lynn Silipigni Connaway will discuss microaggressions committed during virtual library help sessions, such as the one advertised on Rutgers’ own library website.
The event description defines microaggressions as “intentional or non-intentional verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities towards marginalized individuals,” claiming that these heinous behaviors are “subtle, nuanced, and difficult to detect and address, especially in virtual environments.”
The presentation will look at research on microaggressions, including “qualitative content analysis” of sessions from QuestionPoint, a “virtual reference service” that provides “24/7” online support for many libraries.
“In this time of heightened online conflict,” the description states, “attendees will be provided with research-based examples and guidelines to help them to both recognize microaggressions and to minimize them to enhance service excellence.”
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My First Amendment rights include the right to both micro and macro aggression, as well as hate speech, up to – but not including – “fighting words.”
Macro-aggressions would appear to be “fighting words” by definition … or am I misunderstanding what these verbal “aggressions” really are?
I thought librarians were too busy dealing with the invasion of homeless into their facilities to worry about microaggressions.
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