- Began reading Ser mujer negra en España (Being A Black Woman in Spain) by Desirée Bela-Lobedde and invited the author as a virtual guest to be interviewed by a class on campus
- Hosted the annual competitive trivia event Black History Month Jeopardy 3.0, making sure prizes included a broad diaspora of writers, including Haitian author Edwidge Danticat's Everything Inside and Nigerian American Teju Cole's Everyday is For the Thief. See more at bit.ly/bhmjeopardy.
- Promoted Kehinde Wiley’s art, whose original work will now form part of our museum's collection!
- Chose bell hooks’ All About Love: New Visions as future reading material after winning it in a raffle
- Advised the Black Student Union on programming for its annual Faculty/Staff panel and its annual Night of Black Culture
- Published go.middlebury.edu/1619faq which informs library users of how to access Nikole Hannah-Jones’ "1619 Project" and put her work on display
- Requested a variety of library materials for acquisition in print, audiobook, compact disc and DVD format
- Album II by Kem
- The Book of Negroes by Canadian Lawrence Hill
- The Book of Night Women by Jamaican Marlon James
- Case Study 01 and Freudian by Canadian Daniel Caesar
- Charcoal Boys by Brazilians Roger Mello and Daniel Hahn
- Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership by Ed Gordon
- Cuentos Crudos by Equatorial Guinean Juan Tomás Avila Laurel
- The Greatest Hits by Debarge
- H.E.R. by H.E.R.
- I’m Telling the Truth But I’m Lying by Nigerian American Bassey Ikpi
- Le triangle et l’hexagone by French professor Dr. Maboula Soumahoro
- Red Velvet and W.A.J.E. by Nigerian singer Waje
- Shea Butter Baby by Ari Lennox
- Twenty Africans: Their Story, and Discovery of Their Black, Red, & White Descendants by Stephen Hanks
- Tyrese by Tyrese
- Waves by Trey Edward Shults
- Woman of the Ashes by white Mozambican writer Mia Cuoto
- Authored and shared reviews of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Dinaw Mengestu’s How to Read the Air
- Checked out Natives in translation by Spanish-language, Cameroonian writer Inongo vi-Makomè
- Identified a black librarian to mentor another black librarian based on their similar specializations/interests.
- Applied to attend the Seminar for the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM)
- Listened to my friends and family and made space for new people in my life
This extra day in February this leap year of 2020 has given me the chance to reflect and document some of the ways I have celebrated Black History Month. As a librarian, I have the authority, capacity, position and responsibility to make access to a broad collection of materials available to a wide base of users. I do not take my stewardship lightly. As a member of the Black diaspora, there are so many beautiful cultural products I want to celebrate and here I share some of my engagements from this month alone with you. How do you celebrate Black History Month? Share with me in the comments.
My name is Katrina Spencer. I'm a librarian.