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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 Hispanic Heritage Month Book List

by Rachel Hildebrandt on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Want to see GLLI's 2017 country-by-country Hispanic Heritage Month book list for adults, teens and children? You can now find it on our Resources page. https://glli-us.org/resources/

Discussion EMIERT Conference Session: The World at Your Fingertips: How to Use Global Literature in Translation in Library Programs

by Rachel Hildebrandt on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 07:23 am

Are you interested in diversifying your library programs by integrating international literature in translation into them? If so, please come out for this EMIERT conference session at Annual next weekend. Ideas pertinent to public, school and academic libraries will be discussed, in addition to titles for all reader groups.

https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/ALA-Annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&Pr...

Discussion Call for Participation: Women of Color Librarians in Tenure- and Promotion-Track Positions

by Tarida Anantachai on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 07:07 am

Dear colleagues,

We are conducting a research project aimed at examining the lived experience of women librarians of color in tenure- and promotion-track positions. We hope to learn about and examine how one’s identity as a woman of color impacts one’s tenure/promotion and overall career advancement. Findings will be disseminated within the forthcoming title, Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS (edited by Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho), with potential for other future publications.

Dear colleagues,

We are conducting a research project aimed at examining the lived experience of women librarians of color in tenure- and promotion-track positions. We hope to learn about and examine how one’s identity as a woman of color impacts one’s tenure/promotion and overall career advancement. Findings will be disseminated within the forthcoming title, Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS (edited by Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho), with potential for other future publications.

This online survey is expected to take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Participants must be 18 years or older in order to take this survey. Participation is voluntary, and participants are free to skip any questions they do not wish to answer as well as withdraw from the survey at any time. At the end of the survey, participants will be invited to leave their contact information for a follow-up interview. This is strictly voluntary, and contact information will be kept separate from survey responses. There are no anticipated risks associated with participation in this study.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Syracuse University Office of Research Integrity and Protections (ORIP) and the University at Albany Office for Pre-Award and Compliance Services (PACS). If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about this research, you can contact either of the investigators listed below, the Syracuse University ORIP at 315-443-3013 or orip@syr.edu, or the University at Albany Research Compliance Office at 1-866-857-5459 or hsconcerns@albany.edu.

Survey link and consent form:
https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eu4nZjlfXzYzknr
Responses will be collected through April 28th.

Thank you for your time and for participating in this study!

Tarida Anantachai (tanantac@syr.edu)
Camille Chesley (cchesley@albany.edu)

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Discussion Sharing best practices for cultural competency: Call for Participation

by Rebecca Kemp on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:02 pm

The American Library Association’s Diversity Member Initiated Group (MIG) invites you to participate in an ongoing discussion in ALA Connect and a facilitated discussion at ALA Annual Conference.

The American Library Association’s Diversity Member Initiated Group (MIG) invites you to participate in an ongoing discussion in ALA Connect and a facilitated discussion at ALA Annual Conference. We’re looking to collectively build an online library of conference and online presentations, trainings, and articles touching on institutional best practices around developing cultural competency in the next few months.  We’ll then review materials and discuss what ALA can do to foster best practices for cultural competency at our Annual Conference discussion on Sunday afternoon.  Join the conversation now in the MIG at http://connect.ala.org/node/229994 and add resources to the pinned post.  Please consider sharing this call for participation with your networks.

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.

All are welcome to join the MIG!

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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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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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