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This chapter is close a reading and textual analysis of canonical texts, speeches, and archived audio recordings of Audre Lorde. It embraces Lorde’s many identities, including her identity as a librarian who chose to depart from the library as a means of survival. The author urges reference librarians to study Lorde’s example and learn from Lorde’s choice to act in a space where silence can be transformed into language and action. Acknowledgment of the limitations and opportunities that Lorde teaches us in reference service and institutional structures, may allow for librarians to move toward a realm of justice.


This work was originally published in "Reference librarianship and justice: History, practice & praxis," edited by K. Adler, I. Beilin, & E. Tewell. It is one of two chapters in the same text, and should be read alongside the introduction, also located in the Academic Works repository.



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