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Diversity Member Initiative Group Community

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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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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

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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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
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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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