Tackling Racism One Book at a Time – March 2021 – SOCHE

About "Tackling Racism One Book at a Time"

The commitment of Clark State College president Dr. Jo Blondin to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at her institution has led to a host of changes and a plethora of creative initiatives. Perhaps one of the most unique and constructive programs was the formation of the Clark State Library Summer Book Club.

Created in the spring of 2020, the club featured small groups of Clark State faculty and staff who came together during summer months to read Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. The groups then held meaningful, in-depth discussions about racism that gave participants the opportunity to speak their minds and ask questions without recriminations. The club was so wildly successful, plans are already in motion for this summer’s reading.

SOCHE invites you to join us on Friday, March 26, from 12-1 p.m. for a virtual lunch-and-learn featuring Dr. Sterling Coleman, Director of Library Services at Clark State. Dr. Coleman will share how to run a successful topic-driven virtual book club by achieving goals set by your institution. He will share tips on how to moderate difficult conversations, provide reading recommendations, and discuss the positive outcomes from the book club he conducted in 2020.

Bring your lunch and join us for a time together that we hope will inspire ideas and change on other campuses throughout our region.


Friday, March 26, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


SOCHE Zoom Platform
Webinar link will be sent at a later time.


SOCHE Members $10
Non-members $15
Students $5

About the Presenter

Sterling Joseph Coleman, Jr., Ph.D.

Director, Library Services, Clark State College

Dr. Sterling Joseph Coleman, Jr., is the Director, Library Services at Clark State College in Springfield, Ohio. Dr. Coleman has a BA in History from Louisiana State University (1991); an MA at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan (1993); a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education from Southern University at New Orleans (1995); an MLIS in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University (1999) and a Ph.D. in British Imperial & Commonwealth History from Florida State University (2008).

He has published several articles on British history, Ethiopian history, and women’s history. In February 2004, Dr. Coleman published his first book, Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World 1966 – 1999: An Annotated Bibliography. In June 2020, he published his second book, How Books, Reading & Subscription Libraries Defined Colonial Clubland in the British Empire.

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