Member Highlights Showcase — Katie Seitz

Katie Seitz is a new APALA member. She is currently getting her MSLS at Simmons College GSLIS with a concentration in archives and expects to graduate in August 2015. Through the Simmons chapter of the Progressive Librarian Guild, Katie curates a lecture series for the Simmons Anti-Racism Working Group. This project features various LIS professionals invited to Simmons College to speak about race and racism in the field. Additionally, she is an intern at the Massachusetts State House Special Collections department, Roxbury Community College Archives and has an upcoming archives assistantship with Tufts University’s Digital Collections and Archives.

Katie is working hard towards her goal of being a public librarian and archivist:

I enjoy the service and community aspects of library work and the chance to publicize history that comes with archives work. I have welcomed the opportunity to grow in different ways at my various internships, whether that’s learning how to put together a MARC record or writing a blog post about a Civil War-era collection of papers. Some days I still can’t believe that I will soon get to do this work professionally.

She identifies as a multiracial Korean American. She writes,

My mother is Korean and my father is white of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. Though I was raised in a predominantly white town, my mother sent me and my sister to Korean school every Saturday and we got to spend time with Korean American family and friends. I am so grateful for her hard work in helping us maintain a connection to Korean language and culture.

Having joined APALA just a few months ago, Katie looks forward to becoming more active with APALA in the future:

I was so glad to connect with other A/PI people in the LIS world. This profession is not diverse, and we must advocate for our own concerns because no one else is going to do it for us…. I have only been a member for a few months, but I have been so impressed already by the way that APALA works to promote A/PI visibility, supports and celebrates its members, and is responsive to member voices. I have a deep commitment to promoting social justice and I am excited to be part of a group that has an active, conscious membership and engagement with social issues. Of course, I’m also looking forward to meeting people at conferences and in the Boston area!

Welcome to APALA, Katie!

 

Edited by Alyssa Jocson and Raymond Wang

3 Comments on “Member Highlights Showcase — Katie Seitz

  1. Dear Ms. Seitz, I can’t say that I am at all surprised that you are a college student. Only someone with such little life experience could think it is appropriate, safe, or martyr-like to shut down a highway to make a point. If you want to get the public’s attention and make us listen, blocking highways and putting jobs and lives at risk is absolutely NOT the way to go about it. You want to protest, go ahead. That’s a right you have, in this country. But try not to be so completely selfish and self-centered that you don’t realize the dangerous effects of your own actions. Ambulances with trauma victims had to be diverted, because of YOU. I repeat, ambulances carrying people whose LIVES WERE AT STAKE were delayed getting to the hospital. THAT is what you accomplished. Do you even care, or do you shrug that off? If you shrug it off, you are sadly disconnected from the rest of humanity. Because those are real people, and you hurt them.

    In blocking the highway, I highly doubt you won a single person over to your side of thinking, but you did manage to risk the lives of strangers. Young children were stuck in traffic with their parents. I am certain you didn’t think of that aspect, either. Because you are a still a FOOLISH child yourself, having not even begun to enter the real world, outside of the safe shelter of college life. You probably don’t have a child of your own, so why would it have occured to you that you could be blocking someone in labor from getting to the hospital, or forcing young mothers to delay nursing their hungry infants, or making elderly and pregnant women sit in traffic, when it is so unhealthy for them to sit for long periods of time. I know you didn’t think of any of things. Because you are a college student, and your tiny little window into the world hasn’t opened up enough for you to consider these things. You blocked the highways to protest for people’s rights, while simultaneously putting others’ lives in harm’s way. Honestly, kind of ironic, isn’t it? I happen to wholeheartedly support the call for equality. But your approach is completely childish, inappropriate, dangerous, and thoughtless. This is not how you organize people to make change. This is what children do: stamping their feet and throwing a temper tantrum, but not actually accomplishing anything or changing anything. I’m sure you are proud of yourself, but for what, exactly? You certainly shouldn’t be. The white commuters you refer to are not by default bad people, just because they are white. It’s actually kind of insane that I have to explain this to you… Most of them are just good, normal, hard-working people. Many of them commute an hour or more from NH because they can’t afford to live in MA or in the city that they work in. I bet 99.999% of those commuters completely support the call for equality. These are real people, with jobs, families, problems, bills to pay. They are not just an idea in your head, based on the biases YOU clearly have, from the statements that were made to the press. If you are going to make statements generalizing about white commuters driving into the city, you are committing the very offense that you claim to condemn in others. Shutting down highways doesn’t change things for the better. It only puts people’s lives and livelihoods at risk. It doesn’t make people with biases change their minds, and it certainly doesn’t win you any supporters! Grow up. I was commuting with my baby in the car, the day before, and we could have easily gotten stuck in this mess, had it happened on that day. Just the idea of it makes me so angry at you and your sheep-like followers, who don’t stop to think about the consequences of your actions. Stop being so damn selfish. If you want to make change in this world, go ahead and gather others to support you, protest peacefully (somewhere where you are NOT potentially putting others at risk!), get a petition, appeal to the lawmakers and the politicians for change. Otherwise, you won’t change things, no matter how many roads you block. All you are achieving is increasing unrest, resentment, and divisiveness. As soon as ANYONE falls into this “us against them” mentality, the argument is lost and positive change can’t happen. Remember, most people are just ordinary people, trying to work and put food on our tables. Commuters are not your enemy, so stop thinking it is you against the world. I know that’s a bit of a college thing. I remember. Until you lose that mentality of “us against them” you will NEVER effect positive changes in society. Progress isn’t made through radicalism or divisiveness, but through finding common ground and collaboration. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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