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The 4% Matter: Why reaching the black community in Pima County is a critical need

January 13 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm MST

Program Description:

Over one million people reside in Pima County; fewer than 40,000 are Black. In an area that was part of Mexico before state lines were drawn, the majority of attention when reaching non-white residents focuses on Latinx populations. Pima County Public Library’s Kindred team is a team of six. Their mission is to reach, support, and celebrate the Black community. Learn more about why they came together, efforts made to extend the library’s reach beyond branch walls (including during the pandemic), and the projects they have successfully completed and currently have in motion to continue bringing more of Pima County’s Black community into the Library.


Tenecia Phillips is a klutzy, awkward, nerdy public librarian who grew up on the southside of Tucson and once dreamed of being a law enforcement officer but realized her calling was to save the world, one information need at a time. She is committed to increasing the presence of Black staff in libraries, creating inclusive spaces that serve and represent the community she lives in, and raising awareness about social justice issues.

Angela Harper is a Library Associate with Pima County Public Library with 21 years of experience. She is also Circulation Manager who likes details and numbers. She has been a member of Kindred since its beginnings. Outside of work, she enjoys family, racquetball, walking, hiking, camping, reading, nutrition, music and photography.

Jessica Pryde is the Online Services Librarian at Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona. She is heavily active with teams looking to connect with and promote underrepresented and marginalized communities inside and outside the library, including Kindred, PCPL’s team focused on reaching, supporting, and celebrating the Black community.


This webinar is sponsored by Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management: http://www.emporia.edu/slim.


January 13
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MST


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