New York Black Librarians' Caucus

THE NEW YORK BLACK LIBRARIAN’S CAUCUS (NYBLC) is a collection of professionals, who believe that they are the “culture keepers” of history, tradition and community. We represent the library community’s collective interests. The Caucus works to expand professional, economic and networking opportunities for librarians, library support staff, board of trustees, institutions and those that love libraries.

By joining the Caucus, you will be united with professional men and women, who together ignite a powerful torch of strength, enthusiasm and imagination. NYBLC offers scholarships, books awards, and a host of services provided for Caucus members including programs, job listings, and so much more. You can benefit tremendously from the numerous executive offices, committees, presentations, and professional development workshops.

I encourage you to support this dynamic organization through membership and discover the many benefits your participation will reap for you and the community.

The CAUCUS needs your support and energetic involvement as we continue working to make progress in the library community. Together we will make a difference.




NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING (Virtual) : Saturday, Febraury 20



President's Message - Emily Dowie

Thank you so much to the New York Black Librarians Caucus for choosing me to be your new President. I promise you that as your president I will uphold the core values and protect the precious history of this dynamic organization. This year has been a difficult one, but the challenges are nothing compared to what we have faced in the past. However, it is a new day. In the words of our new Madam Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman, the first Black woman, and the first woman of Indian heritage to be elected vice president, “And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before.” Our Vice President Elect could be talking about librarianship and it’s overwhelming whiteness and lack of diversity. The New York Black Librarians Caucus has done a great job of not only supporting Black librarians, but allowing us to see ourselves reflected in the profession. When children of color come into the library and see members of the Caucus, they see themselves, they see what they can become, they see a library that welcomes them. Some people think libraries are supposed to be neutral, but forget that in the not so distant past, libraries were once segregated. Libraries must advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion and leave neutrality in the past with segregation. Luckily for us, the Caucus are the “culture keepers” of our history, tradition and community because we cannot allow anyone to erase our existence. Thank you.