Educator, scholar, dynamic facilitator, and a librarian.
Sofia Leung is one of the most authentic Thought Leaders in LIS She is an educator, scholar, dynamic facilitator, and a librarian. Leung scholarly work includes collaborations with Jorge Lopez McKnight. They co-authored, Dreaming New Futures: Critical Race’s Centrality to Ending White Supremacy; and co edited the cutting edge monograph Knowledge Justice: Disrupting Library and Information Studies through Information Studies. Sofia is the principal of Do Better, Be Better LLC delivering impactful engagements on topics such as privilege, power, and white supremacy.
In this powerful and personal interview Sofia shares personal insights about her experience starting with her undergraduate days at a small private liberal arts college to completing dual Masters in Public Administration and Library and Information Science. In part two Sophia also discusses her determination to create and operate beyond the traditional boundaries of LIS. We then expound on the retrenchment efforts and chilling effect post the racial justice summer of 2020 along with points about the nuances and intentionality of doing critical race theory work. Before concluding Sophia encourages the BIPOC LIS community to believe in the power of publishing their work.
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Leung, S. Y., & López-McKnight, J. R. (2020). Dreaming Revolutionary Futures: Critical Race’s Centrality to Ending White Supremacy. Communications in Information Literacy, 14(1), 12–26. https://doi.org/10.15760/comminfolit.2020.14.1.2
Leung, S. Y., & Lopez-McKnight, J. R. (Eds.). (2021). Knowledge Justice: Disrupting Library and Information Studies through Critical Race Theory. MIT Press. https://doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/11969.001.0001
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