EMIERT (Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table) RoundTable
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child needs to be ratified by the U.S. Senate. This treaty is the legally binding international instrument to guarantee the basic human rights of children – right to survival; to develop the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. This document was reviewed during the Reagan administration and signed by President Clinton, but never ratified by the U.S. Senate. One hundred ninety-three members of the United Nations have ratified this treaty. Only Somalia, South Sudan and the United States have not! What an embarrassment for our country – the country of the document’s origin!
USBBY has posted a petition on We the People to encourage our Senate to ratify the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. We need 150 signatures in the next 10 days to keep this petition live and then 10,000 signatures by Sept. 18 for this petition to be sent to the Senate. It takes a minute to register and then e-sign. If you agree with the need, can you share the info and the link?
United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)
The Bridge to Understanding Award formally acknowledges the work of adults who create programs that use children´s books to explore cultures around the world in order to promote international understanding among children. Programs that win the award are based in a broad understanding of culture as ways of living and being in the world, and go beyond the surface features of a culture, such as food, fashion, folklore, famous people, and festivals.
This prestigious award was established in memory of Arlene Pillar, an educator who served USBBY as newsletter editor from 1984 until her untimely death in 1990. Organizations eligible for the award include schools, libraries, scout troops, clubs, and bookstores. The program may be a one-time event, or an ongoing series of events, that serves children ranging in age from kindergarten through tenth grade. The award carries a monetary prize of $1000 and a certificate.
Applying for the Bridge to Understanding Award
USBBY is seeking applicants for the 2014 Bridge to Understanding Award. The selection committee will consider such criteria as the care with which books are selected and presented to children in the program, the depth of cultural understanding that the program supports, the number of children reached by the program and the impact on the community as demonstrated by publicity coverage or anecdotal evidence. To be considered, the program must have occurred within 2013. A powerpoint explaining the criteria is available online.
An application and guidelines are available online, or from the USBBY Secretariat, 5202 Old Orchard Road, Suite 300, Skokie, IL 60077. Email: Secretariat@usbby.org. Phone: (224) 233-2030. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014. The award will be presented at the annual IRA, ALA, or NCTE Convention, or at a mutually agreeable place and time.
Minutes for EMIERT
Friday, September 27, 2013
Skype 12:00 CST
In attendance: Leslie Hime, Jonda McNair, Lori Mestre, Tess Tobin, Katherine Trouern-Trend,
Katherine welcomed everyone and acknowledged Leslie as the new Vice President and Lori as the new secretary.
Katherine reminded everyone that executive board members are required to attend both the midwinter and annual conferences. She then discussed roles for the vice chair and secretary.
- The roles of the vice chair include working closely with the chair and past chair on initiatives and the annual program planning. The platform for inputting information for the program should be available by November. Tess will contact John and Ms. Mclean regarding deadlines and pass the information on to Katherine and Leslie. Once the membership chair is in place for the program, Leslie will serve as the liaison to the board for EMIERT program planning
- The secretary takes minutes and transcribes and distributes them to the board members. There was a discussion of whether to also post the minutes to the membership, in order to be more transparent and to let the membership be more aware of the activities and discussions. All agreed. Once minutes have been approved, Lori will post to ALA connect and on the web page. She finished Drupal training and is awaiting confirmation to proceed with editing the EMIERT website.
ALA Connect space
Katherine reviewed the ALA connect site, including the space for executive board members and for the general membership. There was a discussion of the benefit of using the online documents area for group editing of documents and populating the site with past and current minutes, agendas and documents. Lori is creating folders for these and Tess will upload documents she has as well.
There was some brainstorming on the types of resources that could be added to the website to make it more of a clearinghouse of information beneficial to the membership. This included EMIERT member created resources, as well as linking to resources from ALA affiliates. Katherine will create a space in ALA connect (executive board space) for us to add suggested resources. Some categories and ideas included:
- Previous EMIERT bulletins
- Previous and forthcoming newsletters
- Previous and forthcoming programs (and pictures)
- Bibliographies (previous EMIERT created ones and others available, such as from the ACRL Instruction for Diverse populations bibliography [http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/sections/is/iswebsite/projpubs/diversebib]
- Book Awards
- ALA affiliate members selected resources (such as from Reforma, SALALM, CALA [http://www.ala.org/groups/affiliates/affiliates/current], and other ALA, ACRL diversity resources [http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/committees/racialethnic]
There was a discussion of resurrecting the EMIERT bulletin [http://www.ala.org/emiert/emiebulletin/emiertbulletin], but in the form of a newsletter. For a number of years EMIERT included a bulletin (bibliographies) “Multicultural Review”. However, due to expenses (nearly $6,000 a year) that was ceased after a survey to the membership approved discontinuing the practice of receiving the “Review” as part of their dues. An initial discussion of categories for a newsletter included: a letter from the chair; columns with activities and updates from task forces, committees, annual program; pictures from events such as meetings, program, a couple of bibliographies. social hours; column for the Coretta Scott King Book award.
It was agreed to plan for two issues a year, with consistent categories and contributions from task forces and committees. The newsletter will be distributed both through ALA connect and on the EMIERT website. The group agreed to post initial contributions to the ALA connect (executive board) space that Katherine will create by November 1 so that it can be compiled and uploaded by November 15.
Webinars have been great fund generators and the goal has been to do a couple per year. ALA provides software and support for the webinars, with a cost of around $20.00 per person. Webinars are usually about an hour in length and can be repeats of existing presentations. Katherine asked for ideas for future webinars (one for December and one for April). An initial thought was something related to the Coretta Scott King 45th anniversary linking the Common Core with the books. Jonda will send out an email to gauge possible speakers for this. Please let Katherine know of other ideas.
Previously EMIERT had two awards per year: The Distinguished Librarian award and the David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award. These awards will now be offered in alternate years with the David Cohen award being offered in 2014. The announcement for deadlines for nominations for the award will most likely be in January 2014 at midwinter. Hazel Walker is the chair of this committee.
Katherine reported that there has been some positive responses to recruitment for task forces and committees, including the Electronic Communication Committee, the Directory of Libraries Serving Multicultural Populations Task Force, the Electronic Resources for English Language Learners Task Force and Guidelines for Selecting Multicultural Materials Task Force.We are still in need of additional volunteers to complete these groups but will move forward with those who have already committed to serve in these new roles. Katherine will now recruit people to fill out the committees and task forces, based on areas of expertise and/or interest. Please let her know of possible members.
Sonal was not present to provide a budget update, but later communicated that reports won't be available until later this fall and that she should be able to report any updates by December.
Because social events are popular, there was a discussion of providing one at midwinter. A possible idea would be to hold one after the membership meeting that occurs on Saturday evening. One idea was to find a place close by for “happy hour”. We can continue this discussion in ALA connect for a venue, reserving tables, and communicating with the membership.
There has been a request to host a program for annual by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee in honor of the 45th anniversary. Jonda, as chair of the committee and the vice chair of the committee would like to propose a panel of past recipients of the award, which could be moderated by Andrea Pinkney. Jonda was asked to think about which day and time for the program since the software to submit proposals will soon be available. Once Katherine and Leslie get the information for submitting proposals they will let Jonda know.
Katherine mentioned that Elliot Gertel, chair of the EMIERT Jewish Information Committee, might also have a program to propose. Another possible program of interest might be one pertaining to selecting multicultural materials. The task force is one piece to promote this, but there could be a program as well, including publishers, selection etc. Each program costs $1,000 (for AV etc.).
Jonda asked if there was some way on the EMIERT membership form to have people check off interest in committees, such as the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards committee or discussion list. Katherine mentioned that on the electronic volunteer form it is possible to select committees, but she can follow up on that. Jonda said they are looking for new members. Katherine can do a post in the ALA connect membership space to announce that CSK is looking for new members.
It was decided that the EMIERT Officers will meet once a month.
Submitted by Lori Mestre, EMIERT secretary
Please let me introduce you to the new "Wondrously Infinite Global Library" put together by Unite for Literacy for the benefit of all young readers, but largely with immigrant and refugee families in mind.
Each of the little books on the site can be read in English and listened to in over 10 languages, including Somali, Karen, Karenni and Spanish--the predominant languages of refugees and immigrants in our area. I've worked with Unite for Literacy, a company based in Ft. Collins, Colorado, on a couple of projects now and am impressed with their mission and vision. The new online library is just one of many things they do to improve early childhood and family literacy regionally, nationally and internationally. Happy Reading!
Cindy Welsh, Outreach Librarian
High Plains Library District, Greeley CO
Featured speakers at the 10th IBBY Regional Conference in St. Louis include Ashley Bryan and Pat Mora, creators of the 2013 International Children's Book Day poster, Peter Sis the 2012 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, Bryan Collier and Jacqueline Woodson, 2014 illustrator and author nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen award as well as Katherine Paterson, Andrea Chang, Simon Elkeles, Sara Farizan, Gregory Maguire and Louise May. International speakers include: Mem Fox, Ifeoma Onyfulu, Siobhán Parkinson and Klaas Verplancke. There is still time to register
In addition to these key speakers, there are workshops, special exhibits and book discussions.
See you in St. Louis.
Identity and Depiction
"Mask and Veil: Representations of Dual Identity in Art Spiegelman´s Maus and Marjane Satrapi´sPersepolis"
Presenter: Taraneh Matloob, Oakland University, MI
"Beyond the Dreidel: Evaluating the Depiction of the Jewish American Experience in Children´s Literature"
Presenter: Lisa Silverman, Sinai Akiba Academy, Los Angeles
Library Programming with a Global Focus
"Bringing the World to Your Library: Incorporating International Books into Everyday Practice"
Presenter: Robin L. Gibson, Westerville (Ohio) Public Library
"Diverse Voices, Digital Narratives: Connecting Children, Books, and Digital Media to Promote Bookjoy Around the World"
Presenter: Jamie Campbell Naidoo, University of Alabama
Immigration in YA Books
"Displacement Narratives: Displacing Authentic Voice or Addressing an Authentic Gap?"
Presenters: Holly Johnson, University of Cincinnati; Rebecca Gasiewicz, University of Cincinnati; Jessica Wertz, University of Cincinnati; and Craig West, University of Cincinnati
Writing about Tough Topics for Teens
Author Conversation: Sara Farizen and Simone Elkeles
Emerging African Artists and Writers
Author’s Perspective: Ifeoma Onyefulu
"Joyful News from South African Creators of Children´s Books"
Presenter: Barbara Lehman, Ohio State University, Mansfield
Using Special Collections
"Building Bloch´s: The Artistry of International Sensation Serge Bloch from Bayard´s Bible to the Tweets of Steve Martin"
Presenter: Neal Sokol, St. Louis, MO
"Resources for Children´s Literature Study in Special Collections and Archives"
Presenter: Karen Hoyle, St. Paul, MN
Celebrating Indigenous Cultures
"Celebrating and Revitalizing Language: Indigenous Bilingual Children´s Books"
Presenters: Nancy Hadaway, Arlington, TX; Terrell A. Young, Brigham Young University
"Celebrating Contemporary Native American Life in Children´s Books"
Presenters: Nancy Bo Flood and Linda Boyden authors; Lafrenda Frank, Salinas Bookshelf; Sam Scinta, Fulcrum Publishing, Inc.
YA Literature in North and South Korea
"North Korean Lives: Real-life Stories in Young Adult Literature"
Presenter: G. Yeon Park, Indiana University
"Korean Graphic Novels as a Window, a Mirror, and a Door: Toward a Deeper Understanding for LGBTQ Inclusion"
Presenter: Kyoung Wan Cathy Shin, Indiana University
"PictureBookJoy: Humor in International Picture Books"
Presenter: Carolyn Angus, Claremont (CA) Graduate University
"Crossing Boundaries with Humor: Experiencing Contemporary Childhood through Humor Codes in Korean and Japanese Picture Books"
Presenters: Yoo Kyung Sung, University of New Mexico; Junko Sakoi, University of Arizona
Culture-Specific Children´s Collections
"The Status of the Bunko in Japan"
Presenter: Junko Shiozaki, Keio University. Japan
"´Masaya, Maganda, at Mahiwaga´: Rewards and Challenges of Developing a Filipino Children´s Book Collection"
Presenter: Danilo M. Baylen, University of West Georgia
"Depictions of African American and Black Culture in Graphic Literature"
Presenter: Michael Kersulov, Indiana University, Bloomington
"Hair in Children´s Literature around the World"
Presenter: Theresia Enny Anggraini, Ohio State University
Joys of the Author-Editor Relationship
Author: Andrea Cheng
Editor: Louise May
Cross-Cultural Fertilization of Folklore
"Nossa Senhora Aparecida de Brasil and Our Lady of Guadalupe of Mexico"
Presenters: Denise Davila, University of Georgia, Athens; Renata Junqueira de Souza, Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo
"The Mitten Motif"
Presenters: Chelsey May Bahlmann, University of Georgia, Athens; Xiaoli Hong, University of Georgia, Athens; Oksana Lushchevska, University of Georgia, Athens
"Getting to Know ´The Other´: Muslims in Children´s Literature"
Presenter: Elsa Marston, Bloomington, IN
"Understanding Islam and Muslims through Picture Books"
Presenter: Heidi Torres, Indiana University
"BookJoy for Middle School: Poetry in Many Voices"
Presenters: Sylvia Vardell, Texas Woman´s University; David L. Harrison, Springfield, MO
The Immigrant Experience
"Finding Truths in Fiction: Immigration Stories in Korean-American Picture Books"
Presenter: Joanne Yi, Indiana University
"Exploring Journeys: The Bookjoy of Global Children´s Literature"
Presenters: Linda T. Parsons, Ohio State University, Marion; Angela Rietschin, Ohio State University, Marion; Bettie Parsons Barger, Ohio State University, Marion; Lisa Patrick, Ohio State University, Marion
The 10th IBBY Regional Conference promises to provide a unique opportunity for teachers, librarians, and other readers to experience the world of international children´s and young adult literature. The conference theme "BOOKJOY Around the World," captures the spirit of what will happen over the course of three days as people from diverse areas of the globe come together to read, discuss, share, and revel in books that take us to real and imaginary worlds, offer insights into other people and ways of life, and promote international understanding through children's books. USBBY is honored to use the same theme as that of the 2013 IBBY International Children´s Book Day poster and activities designed by Ashley Bryan, children´s book illustrator and Pat Mora, children´s author. http://www.usbby.org/conf_home.htm
If you are interested in presenting a poster session, please send a proposal to the IBBY Conference Program Planning Committee. Following are content guidelines the Committee will consider in reviewing proposals. Proposals should meet one or more of the following guidelines:
- Content focuses on children´s and/or adolescent literature.
- Content provides information on reading promotion programs and/or activities for children/adolescents.
- Content provides ideas for celebrating the IBBY International Children´s Book Day.
Proposal Format Please include the following in your proposal:
- Name, affiliation, address, phone, email
- Presentation title
- Brief description, 25 word maximum
Presentation narrative: describe the content of your presentation, including how it addresses one or more of the content guidelines, and how you plan to present it in poster format (500 word maximum)
Proposal Submission Email your proposal to: IBBY Regional Program Committee email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline: August 15, 2013.
Location: McCormick Convention Center N-138
Awarded in 2010, Hartford Public Library’s 3 year demonstration project employs four interconnected and complementary strategies to address the critical need for immigrant civic integration, these include: volunteer Cultural Navigators, community dialogues, coalition building and a communications campaign. At the core of these strategies is social capital development noted in the field as a key ingredient for promoting civic integration. Participants will learn about the project’s challenges, successes, and how best to apply its strategies within their own library setting. Presenters: Hartford Public Library, Welcoming America.
· Nancy Caddigan, Hartford Public Library, Intercultural Liaison
Matthew K. Poland, Hartford Public Library, CEO
Homa Naficy, Hartford Public Library, Chief Adult Learning Officer
Richard Frieder, Hartford Public Library, Community Engagement Director
Ellen Gallagher, Welcoming America, Director of Affiliate Programs
EMIERT Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award
At 2:00pm, there will be a ceremony awarding the 2013 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award to Ms. Ghada Kanafani ELTurk from the Boulder (Colo.) Public Library. Ms. ELTurk is being recognized for her outstanding achievement in serving the community by significant outreach services and creating a welcoming environment at her library so all members of the community can explore and enrich themselves through the many multicultural library services and programs she has developed over the years.
Join the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table and the Polish American Librarians Association for a Taste of the Town, featuring a visit to the Polish Museum of America and family-style lunch at Podhalanka restaurant in Chicago’s famous Polonia Triangle, during the American Library Association’s 2013 Annual Conference, from noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. Cosponsoring the event is ALA’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table.
Explore the rich cultural heritage of Chicago’s Polish-American community at the Polish Museum of America, whose large collection features authentic folk art, traditional costume, coins, militaria, religious artifacts, items from the Polish exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair and much more. The tour will include a behind-the-scenes look at the PMA Library, one of the nation’s best ethnic heritage collections. Then, connect with your colleagues and enjoy an authentic family-style Polish meal at Podhalanka restaurant, a Division Street mainstay since 1983. The bus will depart from McCormick Place at noon, and will return at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are $40 and include bus transportation, museum admission and tour, and lunch. Spaces are limited, reservations are required. To reserve your place, contact John Amundsen with the ALA Office for Literacy Services at email@example.com, or call 800-545-2433, ext. 2140, by June 7.
John L. Amundsen | Program Officer, Outreach and Communications | ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
REFORMA and ALA Present Free Webinar for Library Services to Immigrants & Access to Information
Taking Action: Legal Barriers to Library Services to Immigrants & Access to Information
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT
REFORMA, ALA Washington Office, ALA Office for Library Advocacy and ALA Office for Diversity are partnering to present a webinar to support library workers facing various laws and regulations passed or being considered in various states and counties around the nation limiting library services to immigrants and access to information. The content of the webinar includes examples from REFORMA members who have dealt with these types of situations, action taken and recommendations based on their experience. REFORMA will share resources to help librarians to advocate for services for immigrants and multi-ethnic populations. The ALA Washington Office will share points about how to effectively communicate with elected officials and government agencies. The ALA Office for Diversity will present strategies and recommendations.
Speakers: Patricia Montiel Overall, Associate Professor at the School of Information Resources and Library Sciences and Affiliated Professor at the Mexican American Studies Department of the University of Arizona; Michelle Harell Washington, Director of the ALA Office for Diversity, Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the Washington Office of the American Library Association and Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair, REFORMA Legislative Committee.
Save the date and join us on May 14. The link to access the virtual meeting room will be shared soon. Stay tuned!