Doctoral Recruitment Network Community
Current PhD student at the University of South Carolina, Jason Alston, is involved in an ongoing project addressing successful implementation of diversity librarian positions and diversity scholarship programs. Below is his call for participants:
Below is the link to a fully anonymous survey that I am conducting for the next phase of my research/project. Please complete the survey if you either received a diversity-related scholarship AND/OR worked in any professional position that spawned from a diversity initiative. Questions are open-response and estimated completion time is 30 minutes, but the richer and fuller the data you provide is, the more successful my project will be and my goal is to develop a resource that will help institutions implement these programs more successfully.
Again, the survey is FULLY ANONYMOUS; please do not provide any information that can be used to identify yourself or the institution(s) involved. If there are any questions or concerns, please email me at email@example.com. The link is here:
Please help us gather important information to ensure the success of existing and future leadership development training programs (LDTs) for diverse groups!
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is engaging in important research exploring the effects of formal LDT experiences on the retention and advancement of academic and research librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (URGs). This inquiry will explore and compare the experience of library and information science (LIS) professionals in LDTs that are designed and delivered specifically for those constituencies against others without that demographic focus. We will be conducting several in-person focus groups, facilitated by an expert external consultant, where we will be collecting qualitative data about those experiences and to determine the strengths and weaknesses of delivering LDTs in cohorts of URGs. In addition, we would like to collect feedback concerning program elements that are perceived as having an enduring effect on behaviors, engagement, and career trajectories.
Currently, we are recruiting participants for focus group sessions to be held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, January 30 through February 2, 2015. (You need not be registered for or attending ALA Midwinter to participate in the focus groups.) We are searching for people who have participated in at least one LDT program for URGs and another without that focus. If you fit this criterion and are willing to dedicate 90-120 minutes for these important discussions, please complete the brief questionnaire (link below) to indicate your availability. The questionnaire will collect basic demographic and professional information, as well as data about the LDT experiences in which you have participated.
Even if you are not attending the ALA Midwinter meeting, we hope to convene other focus groups either in geographic areas where we have a sufficient population of eligible candidates, or in conjunction with other professional meetings. Your response to the questionnaire would be very helpful in determining these subsequent sessions.
All selected focus group participants will receive a $15 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation. Light refreshments will be served
In order to be considered for the January focus groups, please complete the brief questionnaire by next Friday, December 12, 2014.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Participation and Confidentiality
Participation in the focus group is voluntary. Data collected and analyzed will result in written reports to be shared with the ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership, the ARL Board, and disseminated in other venues as appropriate. All data collected will be completely confidential and comments will be shared in written reports with no attribution. No identifying information (demographic, professional, or otherwise) will be shared that would link directly to the focus group participant.
Please distribute this announcement as appropriate!
All best to everyone.
Mark A. Puente
Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036
ALISE Diversity Travel Award to the ALISE Annual Conference
Description: This conference travel grant aims to increase diversity in LIS education/research, and will be awarded beginning with ALISE Conference 2015. It provides the opportunity to an individual who wishes to address issues of diversity through doctoral study or teaching as adjuncts to gain exposure to and network with LIS educators, scholars and doctoral students. The award continues ALISE’s commitment to diversity, following its adoption of the ALISE Diversity Statementat the 2013 ALISE Conference.
This award is complementary to the ALA Spectrum Travel Award to the ALISE Conference, which is an award created by the American Library Association, and for which ALISE is a co-sponsor. The ALA award has the same aims and is open to Spectrum alumni whose experiences, research interests and professional goals align with ALISE's diversity principles.
Sponsorship: This award is sponsored by ALISE.
Prize: The ALISE Diversity Travel Award recipient will receive:
- A stipend of $750 (U.S.) that may defray lodging and meal expenses during the conference
- Complimentary conference registration
- A complimentary one-year membership
- A certificate at the ALISE awards ceremony
The award recipient’s school or organization is asked to help with travel costs.
Awardee Commitment Guidelines:
1. Assisting and attending the Multicultural, Ethnic, and Humanistic Concerns SIG program and meeting.
2. Commits to an additional 5 hours of ALISE activities which may include: Assisting with conference registration (as schedules permit); Assisting with major sessions; assist with business meeting, attend a board meeting, etc.
3. Is highly encouraged to participate in the ALISE Work In-Progress Poster Session.
4. Engages with an assigned conference buddy during the conference.
5. Writes a 750-word article about their conference experiences for use by ALISE
- The award is open to underrepresented LIS professionals and students whose experiences, research interests and professional goals align with ALISE's diversity principles. (see ALISE Diversity Statement, see www.alise.org).
- Preference will be given to applicants who are not doctoral LIS students nor hold an LIS PhD.
- Recipient cannot receive both ALA Spectrum Travel to ALISE Award and this award.
- Please describe your background (max. 50 words) in relation to the diversity characteristics outlined in the ALISE Diversity Statement.
- Please describe your research or teaching goals related to diversity. (250-300 words)
- Please describe how will you benefit from participation in the ALISE Conference. (250-300 words)
- Diversity eligibility
- Alignment with Diversity statement
- Does diversity statement indicate impact on diversity within LIS education or research
- Demonstrated commitment to exploring diversity issues
- Understanding of conference
- Impact of conference on research/teaching goals
The nomination package, with name, email, address and affiliation should be emailed as a Word or PDF attachment by no later than September 15, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Award Jury: Don Latham, ALISE Director for Special Interest Groups, Laurie Bonnici, ALISE Director for Membership Services, and Carol Tilley, Director for External Relations
Presentation: The award will be presented at the Awards Reception during the Annual Conference.
Deadline: The application must be received no later than September 15, 2014.
For those of your considering doctoral studies, we're pleased to share more information from a number of LIS doctoral programs in the attached slides.
Individuals attending the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas are additionally invited to meet one on one with these programs at the annual doctoral options fair:
Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education
Saturday, June 28, 2014
10:30-1:00 (10:30-Panel/ 11:30-Options Fair)
Las Vegas Hotel – Paradise South
Add to your schedule: http://ala14.ala.org/node/15724
The ALA Office for Diversity and the University of Washington iSchool are very excited to invite you to our seventh annual information session with a focus on recruiting minority PhD students to the field of library and information science.
"Leaders Wanted: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education”
- a panel of minority LIS PhD students sharing their journeys and helpful tips for the PhD application process
- an introduction to the Spectrum Doctoral Fellows and the ALISE/ALA Social Justice Collaboratorium
- an Options Fair where attendees can speak with faculty, doctoral students, and other representatives from a wide variety of schools from across the country (see list of participating schools below); learn about LIS PhD programs and funding opportunities.
All are welcome to join us!
10:30am-11:15am Panel on Doctoral Education
- Moderated by: Dr. Nicole Cooke, faculty member, University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- PhD student panelists:
- Jason Alston, University of South Carolina
- Lenese Colson, Florida State University
- Sandy Littletree, University of Washington
- Robert Montoya, UCLA
- LaVerne Gray, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- 11:30am-1:00pm Options Fair
- Meet informally with representatives from schools with doctoral programs in LIS
- MLIS information will also be available
We look forward to seeing you at Leaders Wanted!
Cynthia Del Rosario, Diversity Programs Advisor, University of Washington, iSchool
Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Assistant Director Spectrum and Related Grants, Office for Diversity & Spectrum, ALA
Allyson Carlyle, Associate Professor, University of Washington, iSchool
The Information Research Work Group (IWRG) at the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin has two fully funded PhD positions, starting in August 2014, available for incoming doctoral students .
Do you know a passionate, innovative, student-centered LIS instructor who deserves the recognition of her or his peers? If so, nominate this paragon for the Library Journal Teaching Award, co-sponsored by ProQuest. The winning instructor will receive $5,000 (USD) and an article in the November 15 issue of Library Journal.
Nominations—being accepted now—are due no later than September 16, 2013.
If you are a current LIS student, a recent graduate, or a faculty member, help us recognize a deserving LIS instructor who is making a positive difference in the world of librarianship.
Anyone who has taught a course at an ALA-accredited master’s program since September 3, 2010, as full-time faculty or as an adjunct, is eligible.
Who can nominate
Current students or recent graduates and faculty members are encouraged to nominate candidates. Students must have taken a class from the nominee within the past two years.
What to submit
Candidates will be evaluated primarily on the basis of the nominating letter (no more than two pages in length or email equivalent), but nominators are welcome to submit also letters of support and supplementary material (examples of coursework, etc.) for the judges to consider.
NOMINATION POSTMARK OR EMAIL DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
As much as possible, please send submissions in an electronic format such as a Word document or a PDF via email to email@example.com.
Or mail nominations to:
The LJ Teaching Award
160 Varick St., 11th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Are you a librarian of color? Do you work in an academic library in the United States? If so, please add your voice by filling out a questionnaire for a study on the self-perceptions of professional and racial identity of academic librarians of color.
Despite an abundance of existing literature on diversity in libraries, as well as recruitment and retention initiatives of underrepresented populations in libraries, there has been little research on how academic librarians of color perceive themselves as professionals and as people of color. Our research will serve as the basis for a book chapter tentatively titled “Librarians of Color: Perceptions of Professional and Racial Identity in Academic Libraries” in the forthcoming ACRL publication Beyond the Bun: Librarian Valuing through Perception and Presentation (working title).
For this research, we want to define the term “person of color” beyond the literal color of one's skin. We are defining the term as individuals who reside in the United States who belong to minoritized racial and ethnic groups, including but not limited to: African American or African, Arab, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American and Alaskan Native, and Multiracial.
We are seeking participants who are librarians working in an academic library setting in the United States, over the age of 18 years, who identify as persons of color.
Questionnaires will be collected online through the survey tool Qualtrics. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in the online research environment. To protect the confidentiality of survey respondents the collection of IP addresses will be disabled in the survey results. Participation is voluntary and participants are free to withdraw at any time, or may choose to only answer specific questions. The questionnaire consists of several open-ended questions and will take about 20-30 minutes to complete.
Click here to access the questionnaire: https://uic.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1NaXWBAZWRRtEzP
Thank you for your participation in this study.
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University of Illinois, Chicago
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The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor two Research Forums at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL (June 27-July 2). The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion. One of the forums is broad in scope and one is on a more specific topic. The forums are:
Research: Data-Driven Services
Libraries collect data on usage of collections, services, and physical space. However, much of these data are not utilized to capacity. This session will feature three research papers that demonstrate how to leverage user-centered data to develop services. Audience members will learn about methods and techniques that they can use locally to answer questions in their own organizations. Attendees will be able to take away results that could be applied directly in local settings and make connections with presenters and one another to explore creative ways to respond to challenges.
Research: Creative Problem Solving
Novelty and innovation are needed to respond to many of today’s challenges. Libraries and librarians require new and creative approaches to defining questions and finding answers. Three papers that demonstrate innovative inquiry will be selected by a committee for inclusion in this Forum. Attendees will discover methods and techniques that they previously were not familiar with, but can be employed in their libraries. Audience members will become cognizant of new questions or emerging ways to state and think about problems. The results presented will offer directly applicable solutions that can be adapted by attendees in their organizations.
This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of library and information science or in a more specialized area of the field. LRRT welcomes papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS. Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, organizational structure and personnel, library value determination, shared collections, collection assessment, digital libraries, archiving, preservation, and evaluation of library and information services. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. LRRT Members and nonmembers of LRRT are invited and welcomed to submit proposals.
The Committee will use a blind review process to select a maximum of six projects, three for each of the two forums. The selected researchers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference. All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the researchers/presenters. Criteria for selection are:
- Significance of the study to library and information science research;
- Quality and creativity of the methodology;
- Potential to fill a research gap or to build on previous LIS studies;
- Adherence to submission requirements (see below).
Please submit a two-page proposal by Monday, February 18, 2013. Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions must be limited to two pages in length. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and email address). The second page should NOT show your name or any other identifying information. Instead, it must include: 1) The title of your project, and 2) A 500-word or less abstract. The abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication by February 18, 2013, will not be considered.
Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, March 29, 2013. Please email submissions (with an indication of which of the two forums for which the abstract should be considered) to:
Lynn Silipigni Connaway
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT CST NOVEMBER 8!
Given the storm and how that may impact an applicant's ability to receive transcripts and letters of recommendation to upload to the application, we have extended the deadline to apply to November 8, midnight CST.
Apply via the link at: http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity/spectrum/phd
Note you must apply BOTH to the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship jury through the online application above and to the doctoral program (s) of your choice by their posted deadline (s).
A couple of FAQs (note these apply only to your application through the online form above, you must communicate directly with the doctoral program regarding their application and any special requirements or considerations):
Transcripts -- for the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship we will accept unofficial transcripts but they must be good scans and must clearly include the applicant's name and the degree granting institution.
Letters of recommendation - we are not requiring confidential letters, your recommenders should submit their letter of recommendation to you the applicant for you to upload them as pdf attachments to your application. If a letter of recommendation is sent to the ALA Office for Diversity it will be forwarded to the applicant and the applicant is responsible for ensuring it is attached to their online application.
Please feel free to contact me with any other questions!