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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 Please participate: TFEDI survey #2

by Melissa Cardenas-Dow on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 04:16 pm

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling. Before moving forward with programs, actions, or recommendations, the members of the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion believe it is important to understand the culture of the association, the profession, and our communities with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling. Before moving forward with programs, actions, or recommendations, the members of the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion believe it is important to understand the culture of the association, the profession, and our communities with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion. These short surveys are an opportunity to include input and ideas from the professional community while complementing the rich data collection efforts of the larger association.

The Task Force recognizes that incidents of racial bias and injustice continue to occur across the country on a regular basis. This survey, however, focuses on planned attendance in Orlando (the location that prompted the creation of the Task Force), but that will have implications for future ALA conference locations. This survey is brief and intended to gather information based on your thoughts regarding conference locations as well as to follow up on responses from the first survey.

The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tfedi2. Responses will be collected through Aug. 15, 2015. ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to participate.

Please take a few minutes to answer the survey, which should take no more than seven minutes to complete.

“Embracing and celebrating diversity and creating a more inclusive profession have been long-standing goals of the American Library Association. With your help, we hope to ensure these values are upheld,” said Task Force co-Chairs Trevor A. Dawes and Martin L. Garnar.

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s charge is to develop a plan and strategic actions to build more equity, diversity and inclusion among our members, the field of librarianship and our communities. The most important Task Force outcome is the public and honest conversation that generated by its plan and recommended actions. The final Task Force report will include recommendations for ensuring that a continuing focus on equity, diversity and inclusion is embedded throughout the ALA organization.

- See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/242830#sthash.7vZQ04IQ.dpuf

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Discussion ‘Enabling Acts’ by Lennard J. Davis

by Cynthia Parkhill on Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 12:15 am

Twenty-five years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Enabling Acts by Lennard J. Davis (Beacon Press, 2015) offers both a detailed history and comprehensive assessment of the ADA. It documents a pivotal accomplishment in the pursuit of greater equality, and identifies issues for discussion and action during the next 25 years and beyond.

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Discussion Please attend -- ALA Membership Meeting, Saturday, June 27, 4:30 p.m.

by Melissa Cardenas-Dow on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Dear Diversity MIG members,
 
Two resolutions, one on gun violence and another denouncing systemic racism, will be presented at the ALA Membership Meeting at ALA Annual 2015.
 
Should you wish to attend to specifically support at least one of these resolutions, I implore you to attend the ALA Membership Meeting on Saturday, June 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Moscone Center, 134-135 (N)http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29791
 

Dear Diversity MIG members,
 
Two resolutions, one on gun violence and another denouncing systemic racism, will be presented at the ALA Membership Meeting at ALA Annual 2015.
 
Should you wish to attend to specifically support at least one of these resolutions, I implore you to attend the ALA Membership Meeting on Saturday, June 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Moscone Center, 134-135 (N)http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29791
 
Participation from ALA members during this meeting is crucial to avoid losing quorum. Having quorum during Membership Meeting, particularly when it's time to vote on a resolution, can ensure that the resolutions will go before ALA Council for further voting.
 
Below is the text of the resolution denouncing systemic racism that I had submitted to ALA Resolutions Committee. The resolution on gun violence is being worked on by another team.
 
Thank you for your support!
 
Melissa 
Diversity MIG Chair, 2014-2015
 
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A Resolution Denouncing the Systemic Racism That Motivated the South Carolina Shooting

 

Whereas the alleged perpetrator of the fatal shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of Wednesday, June 17, 2015, has openly claimed political and racially motivated aims for his act of violence;

 

Whereas this act of racially motivated violence is directly linked to the systemic privileging of particular lives, experiences, and histories over others;

 

Whereas this systemic privileging is racially motivated in that, in simple terms, this system disproportionately benefits persons of European descent and disadvantages persons of color;

 

Whereas this systemic privileging is endemic and often goes unnoticed and unremarked;

 

Whereas our libraries, library users, library workers, other institutions, and our communities are severely affected by this systemic privileging;

 

Whereas the death of Cynthia G. Hurd, manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library branch of the Charleston County Public Library system (CCPL), exemplifies the undeniable connections between our profession, our professional values, our communities, and this systemic privileging; and

 

Whereas librarians, as full-fledged members of our respective communities, have, as collective members of a profession, long held and stated that we value democracy, diversity, the public good, and social responsibility (ALA policy, B.1.1); now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:

 

1.    denounces the racially and politically motivated shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of Wednesday, June 17, 2015;

2.    recognizes the hidden, endemic and pervasive nature of systemic racism in American culture;

3.    strengthens and prioritizes its own efforts to support diversity and foster cultural understanding and humility within our profession; and

4.    works with other professional associations to enable librarians and information organizations to expand our collective understanding of the hidden, systemic nature of racism in American culture and its potential for violence.

 

Mover: Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow, Member, 909-793-2030

Seconder: LaJuan Pringle, Member,

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Discussion Diversity-related Programming and Events at ALA Annual 2015

by Matthew Ciszek on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Due to requests from the ALA Membership to highlight diversity-related programming at ALA Conferences, the ALA Committee on Diversity has compiled a list of diversity-related programming and events scheduled at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. This list can be accessed using the Conference Scheduler through the following link:

http://alaac15.ala.org/sessions/all?tags=diversity

We hope that everyone enjoys the great city of San Francisco and the many diversity-related programs and events being offered.

Discussion Please contribute to YALSA's wiki

by Melissa Cardenas-Dow on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 10:53 am

This message was in an email listserv that our members may not be part of.

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YALSA needs your help!  We’re compiling resources on our wiki to help our members improve their services to diverse teens.   If you know of any articles, reports, tools, e-learning, etc. that can help library staff build cultural competence skills and better serve diverse patrons, please share your items on our totally edit-able wiki!  The pages are here:

 

This message was in an email listserv that our members may not be part of.

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YALSA needs your help!  We’re compiling resources on our wiki to help our members improve their services to diverse teens.   If you know of any articles, reports, tools, e-learning, etc. that can help library staff build cultural competence skills and better serve diverse patrons, please share your items on our totally edit-able wiki!  The pages are here:

 

Serving Diverse Teens: http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/Serving_Diverse_Teens_@_Your_Library

Cultural Competence: http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/Cultural_Competence

 

Thank you for your help and for all you do to ensure that all teens have access to library services and resources!

 

Thanks,

-Beth

 

 

Beth Yoke, CAE

Executive Director

Young Adult Library Services Association

50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

1.800.545.2433 x4391

fax: 312.280.5276

byoke@ala.org

@yalsa_director

Read our report on the future of library services for & with teens www.ala.org/yaforum/project-report  

- See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/240129#sthash.kkuwNhla.dpuf

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Discussion Diversity MIG @ ALA Annual 2015 in SF

by Melissa Cardenas-Dow on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 10:35 am

Dear Diversity MIG members and participants:

I bring you good tidings! Will you be at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco? If so, would you be interested in meeting up with fellow Diversity MIG members (and would-be members)?

Dear Diversity MIG members and participants:

I bring you good tidings! Will you be at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco? If so, would you be interested in meeting up with fellow Diversity MIG members (and would-be members)?

We will be having a low-key, informal gathering on Saturday, June 27, 2015, 3-4pm, at Moscone West 2000. This is on the Special Events floor in the Exhibit Hall, right next to the Diversity Fair. More like a social gathering, we are going to meet in person right before we head off to the Diversity Fair and see what other librarians will be exhibiting.

We will be heading off to the Diversity Fair individually. Of course, should you wish to go as a group, please do so.  I will provide you with some guiding questions to think about as you view the posters and presenters on display during the Fair. Afterwards, please post your responses to this ALA Connect space so we can all join in and discuss.

To those attending, I look forward to meeting you in person!

Best,

Melissa

 

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Discussion Welcome!

by Melissa Cardenas-Dow on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Hello everyone!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the Diversity MIG of ALA. I am very glad that you have all found your way to this corner of ALA Connect. As current ALA President, Courtney Young has said, we members of the MIG will be collectively determining the direction of our community. An important charge of this MIG is to provide feedback to both the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the Task Force on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. In this very real sense, what we do here can potentially have relevance to the entire organization of ALA and the librarian profession.

As individuals make their way to this ALA Connect community, we can start by just introducing ourselves to each other. Please state your name, your institution, and what you'd like to contribute and get out of our community of practice.

Again, I bid you welcome!

All the best,

Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Discussion Joining the MIG

by Melissa Cardenas-Dow on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm

What is a MIG exactly?

A Membership Initiative Group (MIG) is short-term group within ALA that is focused on topical concerns and issues. A MIG is member-created, member-driven, and member-continued. A MIG exists because ALA members support its existance. A MIG can not assume responsibilities of other, more established groups and units. (for more, please see: http://www.ala.org/groups/mcoms/migs)

What is a MIG exactly?

A Membership Initiative Group (MIG) is short-term group within ALA that is focused on topical concerns and issues. A MIG is member-created, member-driven, and member-continued. A MIG exists because ALA members support its existance. A MIG can not assume responsibilities of other, more established groups and units. (for more, please see: http://www.ala.org/groups/mcoms/migs)

The Diversity MIG was created to provide an organizational home for those who are interested in furthering diversity, equity and inclusion within ALA. Our purpose differs slightly from other ALA bodies that attempt to deal with the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. We are attempting to provide a community of practice to help our members learn more about the issues that deal with diversity, equity and inclusion. Through activities that we do, I hope to nurture a community that is committed to supporting members in their learning and outlook, with the hope that we each take what we learn to our individual locales. For more info please see the About Us of the Diversity Member Interest Group. What we do here, at the ALA Diversity MIG, is to meant to provide feedback to the ALA Committee on Diversity and the Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Do you need to sign up to become a member of the group?

Yes. The sign up necessary is joining us on this ALA Connect Community!

Would the work require attending Annual and/or Midwinter?

No. We will have events during the conferences, but the bulk of our activity will be conducted virtually. We need to focus our virtual activity on ALA Connect, but I hope to branch out to other virtual spaces as needed.

Would work be done virtually?

Yes, mostly! The biggest bulk of work at the moment is participation. Please post an introduction, respond to queries (from me and other members), share activities on diversity, equity and inclusion done in other ALA units, and participate in MIG activities as much as possible. 

 

~Melissa

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Discussion ‘Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate’ by Cynthia Kim

by Cynthia Parkhill on Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 09:56 am

I could thoroughly relate to Cynthia Kim’s experiences in Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, A User Guide to an Asperger Life (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015).  Kim and I grew up during a time when our condition was not understood or documented to the degree that it is today. 

“Like a lot of autistic adults of my generation, I made it well into middle age before realizing that I wasn’t just shy or weird or nerdy. That I wasn’t going to outgrow my quirks and wake up one day to suddenly find I was ‘normal.’”

I could thoroughly relate to Cynthia Kim’s experiences in Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, A User Guide to an Asperger Life (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015).  Kim and I grew up during a time when our condition was not understood or documented to the degree that it is today. 

“Like a lot of autistic adults of my generation, I made it well into middle age before realizing that I wasn’t just shy or weird or nerdy. That I wasn’t going to outgrow my quirks and wake up one day to suddenly find I was ‘normal.’”

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Discussion Racial and LGBT Microaggressions: An Introduction for Library Leaders - 3/18 Webinar

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:15 am

Colleagues - join us in spreading the word about this upcoming ALA webinar, and please forgive cross-posting!

Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to members of marginalized groups, and they can negatively affect an organization's culture. Experiences of microaggressions can lead individuals to feel increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, which may result in their physical or psychological departures from their organizations.

Colleagues - join us in spreading the word about this upcoming ALA webinar, and please forgive cross-posting!

Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to members of marginalized groups, and they can negatively affect an organization's culture. Experiences of microaggressions can lead individuals to feel increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, which may result in their physical or psychological departures from their organizations.

This webinar, jointly sponsored by and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the ALA Office for Diversity, will define microaggressions, cover racial microaggressions and microaggressions toward LGBT people, and discuss how this affects librarians and the potential implications for the future of the profession.

Join us on March 18, 2015 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM Eastern | 1:30-3:00 PM Central | 12:30 - 2:00 PM Mountain |11:30 - 1:00 PM Pacific

  • LLAMA or ALA member $49
  • Non-LLAMA or ALA member $59
  • LLAMA/ALA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199
  • Non-member group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Register online or by mail, instructions at http://www.ala.org/onlinelearning/racial-and-lgbt-microaggressions-introduction-library-leaders

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Instructors:

Jaena Alabi is a reference librarian at Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library, where she serves as liaison to the English and psychology departments. She earned an MA in English in 2005 and an MLIS in 2006, both from the University of Alabama. Her research currently focuses on diversity in the profession, specifically the role of racial microaggressions in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of academic librarians of color.

Alanna Aiko Moore is the Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Gender Studies Librarian at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She joined UCSD after completing her MLIS in 2003, and worked as a non-profit administrator and community organizer prior to entering the library profession. Alanna is the Chair of the ALA Council Committee on Diversity, an active APALA member, and served as the Program Chair for the 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. She is a 2003 Spectrum Scholar and has chaired the Spectrum Scholar Interest Group and the Spectrum Leadership Institute. She is a board member of UCSD’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center and a fellow in the Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program. Alanna has published articles and book chapters and presented at national conferences on topics such as mentoring for librarians of color, recruitment and retention, and cultural diversity.

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For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland at freuland@ala.org.

Questions regarding registration should be directed to ALA’s Membership and Customer Service department at 1-800-545-2433 x5.

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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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