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Diversity Member Initiative Group Community

In: Advocacy, Diversity, Diversity, Member Initiative Groups, Mentoring, Multicultural Services, Resource Sharing, Social Change, Special Needs Populations, Transforming Libraries

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 Volunteers Needed at ALA in Orlando!

by Sara Zettervall on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 01:33 pm

We need you! Librarians Build Communities and the ALA Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion are supporting Orlando Public Libraries during the upcoming conference.

There are 2 opportunities to help:

We need you! Librarians Build Communities and the ALA Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion are supporting Orlando Public Libraries during the upcoming conference.

There are 2 opportunities to help:

  • Summer BreakSpot!​ Friday, June 24, 11:30am-2:30pm: Summer BreakSpot provides lunches to children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. Kids arrive by bus, with a food truck on-site. ALA volunteers will help connect kids with lunches and participate in library activities.
  • School Supply Drive! All weekend, volunteers needed for delivery on Monday, June 27: The same at-risk kids who participate in Summer BreakSpot need school supplies. We invite everyone at ALA to drop off donations at the convention center. Volunteers are needed to help sort and deliver the supplies on Monday.

Transportation support will be provided by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services. For more information and to sign up for a volunteer shift, please contact Anthony Bishop (antb2809@yahoo.com).

We will also be promoting these events to local media to highlight the great work all librarians do in our communities.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Discussion Intersection of diversity and accreditation

by Peter Hepburn on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 11:55 am

Good morning all!

I've been chairing one of two task forces for the ALA Executive Board regarding accreditation.  My task force is looking at the context for future accreditation.  That is, what will the landscape look like in the future vis à vis such things as skills and knowledge and values that the profession will look for from LIS graduates, technological change, other changes that affect libraries and the education needed for librarians.

Good morning all!

I've been chairing one of two task forces for the ALA Executive Board regarding accreditation.  My task force is looking at the context for future accreditation.  That is, what will the landscape look like in the future vis à vis such things as skills and knowledge and values that the profession will look for from LIS graduates, technological change, other changes that affect libraries and the education needed for librarians.

Yesterday I began what I hope will be a fruitful conversation with members of the Committee on Diversity.  I am curious to know from them - and from this MIG - what the intersection of diversity and accreditation will be.  This could mean examining how accreditation might address or account for changes in demographics among LIS degree holders/future professionals.  Or, this could mean how accreditation addresses or accounts for how graduates will be able to work with the broad and varied communities of library users.  Diversity encompasses so much, I recognize, so there may be a lot of other things that could be captured here.

The task force is not rewriting accreditation standards, nor can it dictate to programs what curriculum should be.  Just the same, I'm inviting MIG members to contribute thoughts of any sort related to this matter.  I hope the task force can gain some valuable insight from our colleagues within ALA.

Thank you,

Peter 

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Discussion CFP: Submissions for book on APA library services, Due July 18, 2016

by Janet Clarke on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

CFP: Chapters/Essays on Best Practices or Resources supporting APA communities, or Perspectives from APA Librarians

 

CFP: Chapters/Essays on Best Practices or Resources supporting APA communities, or Perspectives from APA Librarians

 

We are looking for essays for this exciting new book! This edited volume is tentatively titled Asian Pacific American Librarians and Library Services Today (in contract with Rowman & Littlefield.) The book will bring together contributions from librarians who are of Asian and Pacific (APA) heritage and their work experiences, and/or librarians who support APA communities and their best practices in the United States.

 

For consideration, please submit an abstract proposal no more than 150 words (1-2 paragraphs) and a brief professional bio to APAlibrarianship@gmail.com by July 18, 2016. The book is scheduled to come out in 2017. We are seeking abstract proposals that address the topics below.

 

To start this discussion, this edited volume explores ways that libraries support APA communities through services and resources.

 

  • Who are the APA communities that these libraries serve?

  • What do these APA communities need from their libraries?

  • How do libraries serve these communities?

 

We approach these questions by considering the diversity of APA communities thriving in the US, the different kinds of libraries and archives (academic, public, school, special), their functions in relation to these APA communities, and the successes and challenges of these efforts. The volume would conclude with a discussion of what's ahead for serving the needs of the diverse and vibrant APA communities in the US.

 

In this volume, APA is defined broadly: heritage from East, Southeast, and South Asia, and Pacific Islands including Hawaiians. The book will aim to cover and provide resources to support different APA communities: from Hmong, Laotian, Burmese to Chinese, Japanese, Nepalese, Bengali communities, etc., and in the contexts of language, religious, cultural and social diversities. We will also include experiences about APA librarians with mixed heritages and adoption experiences.

 

The following is a list of sections that will be included:

 

Section 1: Who is the APA community and what do these communities need from their libraries?  Several chapters covering case studies of the diversity of communities we serve, layered by different types of library settings (academic, public, school, special).

  • Academic

    • Information literacy

    • International students

    • Campus engagement

    • Staffing and Retention

    • Celebration of APA heritage, other cultural programming (Lunar New Year events, etc.)

    • Collections Building

 

  • Public

    • language resources, community center, ESL resources, children's programming, etc.

    • Outreach, advocacy.

    • Staffing and Retention

    • Collections Building

    • Celebration of APA heritage, other cultural programming (Lunar New Year events, etc.)

 

  • School

    • Children's programming

    • Staffing

    • Collections Building

    • Celebration of APA heritage and other cultural programming

 

  • Special

    • Health/Medical resources and services

    • Government and Legal resources and services

    • Museum/NGO Digital Collections

    • Underserved or emerging sectors: adoptees, elderly, at-risk youths, and new immigrants

    • Celebration of APA heritage

    • Archives of culture and history (oral histories, digital archives, curation of history and heritage, etc.

 

Section 2: Current issues/Gaps/Challenges ahead.

  • Recruitment/retention/mentorship (best practices, systemic problems, library school student perspective-recent grad).

  • Sustained structural integration of diversity in collections, resources, services, programming.

  • Ongoing assessment of communities' needs/agility to meet evolving needs.

  • Cultivating APA library leaders (on social justice, diversity, inclusion, impacting the profession).

  • Strengthening professional networks with strategic partnerships (ethnic caucuses, other partners in ALA--SRRT, IRRT, IFLA, JCLC, LBGTRT, etc.).

 

The volume will be edited by Janet H. Clarke (Stony Brook University), Raymond Pun (Fresno State), and Monnee Tong (San Diego Public Library).

 

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email us at APAlibrarianship@gmail.com



 
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Janet H. Clarke
Associate Dean, Research & User Engagement

President, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association
Stony Brook University Libraries
W-1514, Melville Library
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794
t: 631.632.1217
f: 631.632.7116
e: janet.clarke@stonybrook.edu

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Discussion Deadline to apply for 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair extended to June 3

by Rebecca Kemp on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 08:35 pm

 CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has extended its deadline for library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to apply to participate in the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Orlando. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 3, 2016.

 CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has extended its deadline for library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to apply to participate in the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Orlando. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 3, 2016.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas. The theme of this year’s Fair will be “Libraries Transform: Outreach in Response to Civil Unrest”

The 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair will feature innovative and successful library-based programs geared towards community service in times of crisis. As recent events have witnessed, libraries have provided vital information and safe spaces during periods of civil unrest, providing a much needed anchor for local residents.

Also considered for participation are proposals that highlight library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; people of color; English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders and mobile library services and bookmobiles.

Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held during the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in the exhibits hall.  In addition, the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information and resources from their program.

For more information, and to apply, please visit www.ala.org/divfair.

About DEMCO

For over 100 years Demco (www.demco.com) has supported the valuable work of librarians—taking pride in providing the best service possible. Demco’s mission is to continue to anticipate future needs, to supply products and services that support the activities of library professionals and improve library environments by making them more attractive and user-friendly. Demco demonstrates their continuing commitment to library professionals through their support of the Library Champions Program and participation at ALA’s conferences.

About the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

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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Discussion FREE webinars by ALISE's Gender Issues SIG and SLA's Education Division

by Rebecca Kemp on Thu, May 5, 2016 at 09:15 pm

There's a great line-up for free webinars cohosted by ALISE's Gender Issues SIG and Special Libraries Association's Education Division:

May 13            Alex Hodges on special education materials for curriculum material centers
June 10           Rose Love Chou on public service librarian women of color
August 13        Vanessa Reyes on personal information management
September 9    Kristen Gallant on visual literacy

There's a great line-up for free webinars cohosted by ALISE's Gender Issues SIG and Special Libraries Association's Education Division:

May 13            Alex Hodges on special education materials for curriculum material centers
June 10           Rose Love Chou on public service librarian women of color
August 13        Vanessa Reyes on personal information management
September 9    Kristen Gallant on visual literacy

Webinars are held at 1:30pm EST. To sign up for the May webinar, please go to
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/693332611653929217  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Discussion Diversity Member Interest Group (MIG) Questionnaire - feedback due by May 17th!

by Rebecca Kemp on Thu, May 5, 2016 at 09:02 pm

We've had so many new members that the deadline for submissions has been extended.  Please click the link below to give your feedback on this very short survey!

Thanks!Rebecca & Miguel

 

We've had so many new members that the deadline for submissions has been extended.  Please click the link below to give your feedback on this very short survey!

Thanks!Rebecca & Miguel

 

This questionnaire will help the Diversity Membership Initiative Group better serve our members by providing the appropriate content, activities, events, etc., to build a successful community of practice.

Please be as specific as possible when answering the questionnaire. We appreciate your commitment to our efforts!

Sincerely,
Rebecca Kemp & Miguel Ruiz, Diversity MIG Co-Chairs

Please click on the link to take the questionnaire: http://goo.gl/forms/f55HSpmgeu

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Discussion STILL TIME TO APPLY: Innovative and successful diversity-in-action ideas sought for 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

by Jody Gray-IL (staff) on Thu, May 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

***Please distribute widely and forgive cross-posting***

 

STILL TIME TO APPLY: Innovative and successful diversity-in-action ideas sought for 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

 

***Please distribute widely and forgive cross-posting***

 

STILL TIME TO APPLY: Innovative and successful diversity-in-action ideas sought for 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

 

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Orlando. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

 

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas. The theme of this year’s Fair will be “Libraries Transform: Outreach in Response to Civil Unrest”

 

The 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair will feature innovative and successful library-based programs geared towards community service in times of crisis. As recent events have witnessed, libraries have provided vital information and safe spaces during periods of civil unrest, providing a much needed anchor for local residents.

 

Also considered for participation are proposals that highlight library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; people of color; English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders and mobile library services and bookmobiles.

 

Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held during the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in the exhibits hall.  In addition, the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information and resources from their program.

 

For more information, and to apply, please visit www.ala.org/divfair.

 

About DEMCO

 

For over 100 years Demco (www.demco.com) has supported the valuable work of librarians—taking pride in providing the best service possible. Demco’s mission is to continue to anticipate future needs, to supply products and services that support the activities of library professionals and improve library environments by making them more attractive and user-friendly. Demco demonstrates their continuing commitment to library professionals through their support of the Library Champions Program and participation at ALA’s conferences.

 

About the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

 

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.

 

Contact:

 

John L. Amundsen, MLIS | Program Officer, Outreach and Communications | Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

American Library Association |50 East Huron Street | Chicago, IL 60611| T 312.280.2140 | F 312.280.3256 | jamundsen@ala.org | www.ala.org/diversity

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Discussion Global Literature in Translation Conversation Starter Panel

by Rachel Hildebrandt on Thu, May 5, 2016 at 07:40 am

Since this group is interested in diversity in all its facets and forms, I thought I would post here that the Conversation Starter panel that I proposed along with Marc Aronson and Doris Gebel was approved for the conference. Our panel is titled "Other People's Voices: Using Global Literature in Translation to Reimagine Diversity in Libraries," and it will be held on June 26, 10:30 - 11:15 am. We will be discussing the place of literature in translation in school, academic and public libraries, as well as ways that libraries can build and promote their international collections.

Since this group is interested in diversity in all its facets and forms, I thought I would post here that the Conversation Starter panel that I proposed along with Marc Aronson and Doris Gebel was approved for the conference. Our panel is titled "Other People's Voices: Using Global Literature in Translation to Reimagine Diversity in Libraries," and it will be held on June 26, 10:30 - 11:15 am. We will be discussing the place of literature in translation in school, academic and public libraries, as well as ways that libraries can build and promote their international collections. We would love to see you there!

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Discussion You’re Gonna Screw Up - Article

by Rebecca Kemp on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 11:59 pm

https://aprilhathcock.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/youre-gonna-screw-up/

This is something that I worry about because when I screw up, I screw up bad!

(This piece was originally sent by the incredible Melissa Cardenas-Dow)

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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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