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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.

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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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Online Doc American Library Association Diversity MIG

by Melissa Cardenas-Dow on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 06:57 pm

Copy of email I sent to various lists.

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Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to invite your participation in the American Library Association’s Diversity Member Initiated Group (MIG).

Copy of email I sent to various lists.

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Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to invite your participation in the American Library Association’s Diversity Member Initiated Group (MIG).

In January 2015, ALA President Courtney Young discussed the Diversity MIG and its creation as a way for us, professionals and students alike, to carry on diversity as “everyone’s work” (http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2015/01/15/everyones-work/). The mission of the Diversity MIG is to provide an informal, member-driven space that supports efforts for diversity, equity and inclusion. As such, it supports the work of the ALA Office for Diversity, the ALA Committee on Diversity, and the Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

om the Diversity MIG’s ALA Connect space:

This member interest group provides an organizational home for members 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

Please join us at: http://connect.ala.org/node/229994. I so look forward to your participation in the discussion boards!

Should you have any questions about the ALA Diversity MIG, please do not hesitate to contact me, through whatever means you feel most comfortable. My contact information is provided below.

All the best,

Melissa

 

Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow, MLIS
ALA Diversity Membership Initiative Group, Co-chair, 2014-2016

melissa.cardenasdow@gmail.com
phone: 909-793-2030
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Discussion ALA Office for Diversity calls for 2015-2016 Diversity Research Grant proposals

by Michelle Harrell Washington (staff) on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 02:39 pm

Please share widely, and apologies for any duplication...

 

The ALA Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations, which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

The application deadline is May 26, 2015. Applicants must be current ALA members. 

Please share widely, and apologies for any duplication...

 

The ALA Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations, which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

The application deadline is May 26, 2015. Applicants must be current ALA members. 

Please see the full announcement at http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/02/ala-office-diversity-calls-2015-2016-diversity-research-grant-proposals.

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Discussion Library Services for the Hmong Community - Free Webinar 3/10/2015

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Apologies for duplication

Library Services for the Hmong Community

Tuesday, March 10
All webinars are from Noon to 1 p.m. CST

Register here: http://go.wisc.edu/t8e94v

Apologies for duplication

Library Services for the Hmong Community

Tuesday, March 10
All webinars are from Noon to 1 p.m. CST

Register here: http://go.wisc.edu/t8e94v

There are more than 200,000 Hmong living in the United States. The highest Hmong populations are found in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Michigan. The Hmong have been in the United States for 39 years, however the Hmong community is often unaware of services offered by public libraries. The Hmong do not seek information from the library compared to other immigrants. In the webinar, Yee Lee Vue, Hmong Family Outreach Specialist, will discuss barriers that prevent Hmong from using libraries and share the Appleton Public Library’s successful outreach strategies for reaching out to Hmong patrons.

Yee Lee Vue graduated with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yee is currently the Hmong Family Outreach Specialist at Appleton Public Library (APL) in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her responsibilities include developing programs and library services to the Hmong community. In 2013 Yee was awarded the Wisconsin Library Association Rising Star Award for her outstanding contribution to the library and the community. Her passion is to support and work with immigrant families who come from countries with limited or no library resources and services.

Full descriptions of all 2015 SLIS webinars are available at: http://www.slis.wisc.edu/2014webinars.htm

Go here http://go.wisc.edu/t8e94v to register.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies
Continuing Education Services
www.slis.wisc.edu/continueed.htm

UW-Madison SLIS also offers online continuing education courses and on-campus and on-line Master's degree programs.

Omar Poler
Outreach Specialist 
School of Library and Information Studies 
Continuing Education Services 
University of Wisconsin - Madison
poler@wisc.edu 

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Discussion Volunteers Sought for new YALSA Board Diversity Taskforce

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 04:30 pm

The YALSA Board recently voted to establish a new taskforce that will work to ensure adequate and ongoing diversity on YALSA’s Board of Directors.  For more information about the taskforce, read the board document.  Members can indicate their interest in participating in this group by filling out the

The YALSA Board recently voted to establish a new taskforce that will work to ensure adequate and ongoing diversity on YALSA’s Board of Directors.  For more information about the taskforce, read the board document.  Members can indicate their interest in participating in this group by filling out the online volunteer form between now and March 1.  For questions about serving on this new virtual group, please contact Chris Shoemaker at cinf0master@gmail.com.

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Discussion Book review: ‘Victorian Secrets’ by Sarah A. Chrisman

by Cynthia Parkhill on Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 01:38 pm

In Victorian Secrets, author Sarah A. Chrisman (Skyhorse Publishing, 2013) shares her experience as a full-time wearer of the Victorian-style corset, including misconceptions and prejudices directed toward what her husband Gabriel describes as her “off-brand” diversity. More at:

http://cynthiaparkhill.blogspot.com/2014/06/victorian-secrets-by-sarah-c...

Discussion ‘Getting a Life with Asperger’s’ by Jesse A. Saperstein

by Cynthia Parkhill on Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 01:07 pm

The greatest take-away message for me in Getting a Life with Asperger’s, Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood (Perigee, 2014) is author Jesse A. Saperstein’s emphasis on people with autism being “role model[s] from day one.”

http://cynthiaparkhill.blogspot.com/2014/11/getting-life-with-aspergers-...

Discussion Book review: ‘Rain Reign’ by Ann M. Martin

by Cynthia Parkhill on Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 01:05 pm

Rose Howard’s dog Rain provides consolation and solace in her lonely life. Rain’s name is extra special because it’s a double homonym; the words “Rain,” “Reign” and “Rain” all sound alike, but have different meanings.

Rose’s father lets Rain outside during a terrible storm, and the dog becomes lost. To find her beloved dog, Rose carefully executes a systematic and detailed plan ...

Rose Howard’s dog Rain provides consolation and solace in her lonely life. Rain’s name is extra special because it’s a double homonym; the words “Rain,” “Reign” and “Rain” all sound alike, but have different meanings.

Rose’s father lets Rain outside during a terrible storm, and the dog becomes lost. To find her beloved dog, Rose carefully executes a systematic and detailed plan ...

http://cynthiaparkhill.blogspot.com/2014/11/rain-reign-by-ann-m-martin.html

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Discussion Book review: ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’

by Cynthia Parkhill on Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm

The interested reader could easily fill a bookshelf addressing multiple facets of autism: behavioral therapies, sensory challenges, whether or not to medicate, K-12 educational policies. But this reader would have to buy one book first, and Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism would be an ideal place to start. To read more:

http://cynthiaparkhill.blogspot.com/2014/12/thinking-persons-guide-to-au...

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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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