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The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among membership, the field of librarianship and the communities they serve.

Hello!
 
I just wanted to quickly reach out and engage the wisdom of our community regarding diversity efforts. At my institution, we are just kicking off a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Part of my contribution to this initial stage is a benchmarking effort - developing some awareness of what other libraries are currently doing in this area, and what they have found effective.
 

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Discussion 2017 Global Literature in Libraries Adult Fiction & Poetry Pan-Publisher Catalog

by Rachel Hildebrandt on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 08:28 am

It is a bright, shiny Monday morning here in South Carolina, and I have a bright, shiny catalog to share: the inaugural Global Literature in Libraries Initiative pan-publisher catalog. The focus this time around is on publishers of adult fiction and poetry. Please share widely and freely. This is just the first of a series of themed catalogs that are intended to be vibrant information resources for public, academic, school, and prison librarians seeking to internationalize their collections. We are here and willing to help however we can.

It is a bright, shiny Monday morning here in South Carolina, and I have a bright, shiny catalog to share: the inaugural Global Literature in Libraries Initiative pan-publisher catalog. The focus this time around is on publishers of adult fiction and poetry. Please share widely and freely. This is just the first of a series of themed catalogs that are intended to be vibrant information resources for public, academic, school, and prison librarians seeking to internationalize their collections. We are here and willing to help however we can. It is a breathtaking, beautiful world out there!

https://glli-us.org/catalogs/

Best,
Rachel

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Discussion Chicago Info/Library/Archives Workers Meetup: Social Justice on December 20th

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 09:46 am

You're Invited!
When: 
Tuesday, December 20th from 4-6:30 pm
Where: Jake Melnick’s (around the corner from the ALA offices) at 41 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611.

You're Invited!
When: 
Tuesday, December 20th from 4-6:30 pm
Where: Jake Melnick’s (around the corner from the ALA offices) at 41 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611.

The Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services staff (Zina Clark, Samantha Yanity, Kristin Lahurd, John Amundsen, Jody Gray, and Gwendolyn Prellwitz) would to get to know more Chicago area LIS/Archives and Info Workers committed to upholding our professional ethics of diversity, inclusion, information preservation and access, equitable representation, individual privacy, and support of marginalized communities. 

We are inspired by the CA (https://www.facebook.com/groups/341282516236431/) and NY (http://piratepad.net/ep/pad/view/ro.lqICQaO3vQlg4L/latest) groups that have been holding regular meetups after the election. We welcome hearing from IL individuals and organizers to support existing local groups and learn from one another.

Please feel free to share the event https://www.facebook.com/events/238369276575769/ with people you know in the area. All are welcome. 

We'll have some food and plan to do this regularly. We have a private room and Jake’s is kid friendly.

If you have ideas to make future gatherings easier to attend, please let us know!

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Discussion ODLOS Town Hall: We want to hear your thoughts...

by Jody Gray-IL (staff) on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 03:03 pm


For members who did not have the chance to join the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services Town Hall, we still want to know your thoughts. I'm attaching the ODLOS report, the powerpoint  for the town Hall and the Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion report. 
 
Here are the three questions that we asked those in attendance to discuss. Please send us your thoughts on these questions. 

 
Q1. Reflecting on the events of this past year, how has ALA been responsive in a way that resonated with or satisfied you? And in what ways has ALA not responded in a satisfying manner? How has either response impacted your professional role?

 
Q2. Do you feel served by your local professional networks in relation to equity, diversity, or inclusion?
a)If yes, what does this look like?
b)If no, what role can ALA play in filling this gap? 

 
Q3. A common request that ALA offices and divisions hear is that there is a need to create space or opportunity for individuals to share their experiences (in regards to equity, diversity, inclusion, or social justice). Over the years this has led to the creation of many tools, spaces, and programs (ONE example is the Diversity Member Interest Group) that do not get much traffic or traction. Where do you feel or see a disconnect in these actions? How might we address that disconnect? 
 

Ways to Respond: 

  1. Please indicate which question you are responding to: Q1, Q2, or Q3
  2. Either respond directly here or you can send responses on social media if you use the hashtag #ODLOSTownHall

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Discussion Is "Safe Spaces" the right frame?

by Jody Gray-IL (staff) on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 09:40 am

I know that I have seen some discussion about how a library cannot and is not "neutral," and we should be trying to reframe that conversation. With the state of the things right now, I have seen quite a bit of talk about libraries as "safe spaces." I am uncomfortable with that phrasing, because I find it to be a problemic. We cannot truly offer a "safe space" if we welcome everyone. I know that in the social justice work I have done in the past, there was a shift to using "brave spaces." I wonder how others feel? I also found this article that I thought gave a good overview of save vs.

I know that I have seen some discussion about how a library cannot and is not "neutral," and we should be trying to reframe that conversation. With the state of the things right now, I have seen quite a bit of talk about libraries as "safe spaces." I am uncomfortable with that phrasing, because I find it to be a problemic. We cannot truly offer a "safe space" if we welcome everyone. I know that in the social justice work I have done in the past, there was a shift to using "brave spaces." I wonder how others feel? I also found this article that I thought gave a good overview of save vs. brave spaces. 

http://ssw.umich.edu/sites/default/files/documents/events/colc/from-safe...

What are your thoughts? 

Jody

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Discussion International Women Writers for High School and College Readers

by Rachel Hildebrandt on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (https://glli-us.org/) is currently building a list of global women writers (in English translation) who have written books that are especially interesting/appropriate for high school and college students. I have currently broken the list down by region (South America, Middle East, Asia, etc.), and I would be glad to share this spreadsheet with anyone who might like to feature these authors in their libraries.

Thank you,

Rachel Hildebrandt

Discussion Help us keep the Diversity MIG going -- sign petition by December 1!

by Tiana Trutna (non-member) on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 04:26 pm

Dear Friend, 

Dear Friend, 

The ALA Committee on Diversity (COD) is in the process of renewing the Diversity MIG (Member Initiative Group) per ALA guidelines. Please consider signing our e-petition at http://bit.ly/2f1Is5D to help us continue the important work of this group. Everyone is welcome to join the Diversity MIG, regardless of ALA affiliation or membership status. 

The mission of the Diversity Membership Initiative Group is

  • To provide a space for success stories and best practices and broadly highlight examples of activities that have improved services and fostered organizational change.
  • To provide a community of practice for members to discuss ideas, concepts, and methods to positively impact library services to increasingly diverse populations.
  • To provide a base for deepening our discussion and collective understanding of diversity and inclusion issues across our professional organizations.

At Midwinter 2016 the Diversity MIG came under the direction of COD Interns Miguel Ruiz and Rebecca Kemp. Building on the work of Diversity MIG founders Alexandra Rivera and Melissa Cardenas-Dow, we have more than doubled the membership and compiled the results from our member survey into the following report written by Miguel Ruiz:http://connect.ala.org/node/258733

Please consider signing our e-petition at http://bit.ly/2f1Is5D to renew the Diversity MIG for another three years of service. We need 100 signatures by December 1 in order to continue the important work of this group, which contains voices from within and outside ALA. NOTE: please note, you must be a ALA member to sign this petition. 

Sincerely,

Rebecca Kemp and Tiana Trutna
ALA Committee on Diversity (COD) Interns

 

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Discussion Help us keep the Diversity MIG going -- sign petition by December 1!

by Tiana Trutna (non-member) on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 04:25 pm

Dear Friend, 

Dear Friend, 

The ALA Committee on Diversity (COD) is in the process of renewing the Diversity MIG (Member Initiative Group) per ALA guidelines. Please consider signing our e-petition at http://bit.ly/2f1Is5D to help us continue the important work of this group. Everyone is welcome to join the Diversity MIG, regardless of ALA affiliation or membership status. 

The mission of the Diversity Membership Initiative Group is

  • To provide a space for success stories and best practices and broadly highlight examples of activities that have improved services and fostered organizational change.
  • To provide a community of practice for members to discuss ideas, concepts, and methods to positively impact library services to increasingly diverse populations.
  • To provide a base for deepening our discussion and collective understanding of diversity and inclusion issues across our professional organizations.

At Midwinter 2016 the Diversity MIG came under the direction of COD Interns Miguel Ruiz and Rebecca Kemp. Building on the work of Diversity MIG founders Alexandra Rivera and Melissa Cardenas-Dow, we have more than doubled the membership and compiled the results from our member survey into the following report written by Miguel Ruiz:http://connect.ala.org/node/258733

Please consider signing our e-petition at http://bit.ly/2f1Is5D to renew the Diversity MIG for another three years of service. We need 100 signatures by December 1 in order to continue the important work of this group, which contains voices from within and outside ALA. NOTE: please note, you must be a ALA member to sign this petition. 

Sincerely,

Rebecca Kemp and Tiana Trutna
ALA Committee on Diversity (COD) Interns

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Online Doc Diversity MIG Survey Results

by Jose Ruiz on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 01:03 pm

Hello Diversity MIG community!

As many of you are aware (and participated) we submitted a survey to various communities in order to help gauge future initiatives. I have included the link to survey results analysis we completed:

Updated link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L8pRSZs7Y-xC4HmcO748GzjAJy3tckO5FwsZMEOlqes/edit?usp=sharing

Please take a look!

Thanks,

Miguel

Discussion Institutional diversity efforts - share and discuss?

by Nik Dragovic on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 10:32 am

Hello!
 
I just wanted to quickly reach out and engage the wisdom of our community regarding diversity efforts. At my institution, we are just kicking off a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Part of my contribution to this initial stage is a benchmarking effort - developing some awareness of what other libraries are currently doing in this area, and what they have found effective.
 

Hello!
 
I just wanted to quickly reach out and engage the wisdom of our community regarding diversity efforts. At my institution, we are just kicking off a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Part of my contribution to this initial stage is a benchmarking effort - developing some awareness of what other libraries are currently doing in this area, and what they have found effective.
 
This has been an interesting exercise, because while I'm intimately familiar with diversity recruitment and development efforts within the profession, I am less aware of efforts that expand to the library patron population and connect to the campus community writ large. So far, I've done some very cursory searching and collecting of resources available on the web (and am happy to share what I have so far if you'd like!). But given that I know so many folks actively involved in diversity programs and efforts, I'd be remiss not to ask advice of colleagues like you. 
 
Some of the kinds of helpful things I've discovered so far include diversity action plans, strategic plans that incorporate diversity efforts, and web content that details the history and coordination of diversity efforts at given institutions. But I'm also interested in learning more generally about programming and ad hoc efforts that could be exchanged more casually. Any kind of advice is welcome at this stage. I think there's a really broad spectrum of input that could help chart our path. 
 
Anyhow, any advice or documentation you're willing to share would be much appreciated! We could start a public discussion here, or feel free to contact me personally (nikdragovic@gmail.com) if you prefer.
 
All the best,
Nik
 

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Online Doc ODLOS launches Intersections, calls for contributors

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 01:09 pm

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among membership, the field of librarianship and the communities they serve.

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among membership, the field of librarianship and the communities they serve.

The blog invites submissions from across the library profession that feature support for those from historically and disadvantaged racial and ethinic groups; those who experience socioeconomic barriers, people experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty; immigrants, refugees and new Americans; those discriminated against based on nationality or language; those who are geographically isolated; those experiencing barriers in regards to access to literacy; and new and non-readers.

“We envision Intersections to be a vibrant and thriving place for our members to share their stories,” said ODLOS Director Jody Gray. “We’ll also be sharing exciting news from ODLOS and our many constituencies, including information on conferences, initiatives, grants, and much more.”

For more information, including submission information, please visit www.ala.org/intersections.

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work.

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This member initiative group provides an organizational home for anyone dedicated to fostering an improved climate for diversity within their institutions and professional organizations.

The mission of the Diversity Membership Initiative Group is:

  • To provide a space for success stories and best practices and broadly highlight examples of activities that have improved services and fostered organizational change.
  • To provide a community of practice for members to discuss ideas, concepts, and methods to positively impact library services to increasingly diverse populations.
  • To provide a base for deepening our discussion and collective understanding of diversity and inclusion issues across our professional organizations.

Possible activities:
• Collecting success stories for the ALA website
• Launching a Journal Club
• Identifying training topics and facilitators to enhance ALA's online learning offerings
• Connecting members around topics of mutual interest for publishing and presenting
• Identifying best practices from member organizations and implementing them elsewhere
• Supporting efforts to make ALA welcoming
• Providing feedback to the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the Special Presidential Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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