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Greetings all,

I have attached a report from the Office for Diversity that summarizes most of our major activities since last we met in June; many thanks to everyone for all of the amazing support you gave the Office for Diversity during these past 6 months!

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Event Committee on Diversity May Conference Call (5/24) Agenda

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 06:06 pm

Call instructions
Call takes places on May 24 at 9AM Pacific /10AM Mountain/11AM Central /Noon Eastern

Toll Free Number 866-801-5789
Enter Participant Passcode: 78965432

In advance of the conference call please review the following documents in ALA Connect:

  1. EDI Strategic Direction Draft Implementation Plan Feedback Request
  2. EDI recommendations for COD

AGENDA

Call instructions
Call takes places on May 24 at 9AM Pacific /10AM Mountain/11AM Central /Noon Eastern

Toll Free Number 866-801-5789
Enter Participant Passcode: 78965432

In advance of the conference call please review the following documents in ALA Connect:

  1. EDI Strategic Direction Draft Implementation Plan Feedback Request
  2. EDI recommendations for COD

AGENDA

  1. (Jody – 15 min) EDI Draft Implementation – present draft implementation plan and discuss process for feedback on outcomes and measurement of strategies
  2. (Martin – 20 min) COD discussion of Outcome and Measurements for Strategies 5 and 10, identify committee process for requesting feedback from additional groups, goal is to incorporate member group feedback on outcomes and strategies by/at Annual – implementation plan will be finalized at Fall Executive Board meeting
  3. (Martin – 15 min ) 6 EDI Recommendations for COD, discussion and identify next steps with ERT
  4. (Martin – 5 min) proposed Council Action at Annual (definitions, as noted in EDI recommendations and strategic direction)

Lastly, please mark your calendars: COD will be meeting twice at Annual Conference:

  1. Friday 6/23, 12:30-2pm: Joint meeting and COD Business Meeting I - https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/ALA-Annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=266050
  2. Sunday 6/25, 1-2:30pm: Committee on Diversity Business Meeting II - https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/ALA-Annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=266294

Thanks, and looking forward to tomorrow’s conversation.

Martin

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Online Doc Minutes from COD March Conference Call

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 06:18 pm

Committee on Diversity
Meeting Notes: March 7, 2017

Attendees: Martin Garnar, Rebecca Kemp, Karen Quash, Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Gloria Rhodes, Ngoc-Yen Tran, Jason Broughton, Tinamarie Vella, Jose Miguel Ruiz, Loida Garcia-Febo (guest)

Recorder: Ngoc-Yen Tran

Committee on Diversity
Meeting Notes: March 7, 2017

Attendees: Martin Garnar, Rebecca Kemp, Karen Quash, Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Gloria Rhodes, Ngoc-Yen Tran, Jason Broughton, Tinamarie Vella, Jose Miguel Ruiz, Loida Garcia-Febo (guest)

Recorder: Ngoc-Yen Tran

Introductions

  • Introductions were made and attendance recorded
  • Guest: Candidates for ALA Office (Loida Garcia-Febo)
    Loida is running for ALA President; she presented her case to the group and answered questions

New Business

Update on the EDI Strategic Direction (Martin G.)

Background:
• A fourth strategic direction was approved at ALA Midwinter to include equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)
• Strategies drawn together by the EDI Task Force, implementation of the strategies overseen by the EDI Implementation Group, and long-term monitoring will be done by the ODLOS Advisory Committee
• Implementation timeline: 2 years
-It would be a good idea for us to collaborate with the implementation and group and with ODLOS as advisors – pointing to needs and specific initiatives or strategies
-The COD will need to explore the impact of the new strategic direction on the group, especially our charge. Our next meeting we will focus on the EDI strategic direction and explore COD’s role 

Update on subcommittee transfer (Gwendolyn P)

Background: COD had subcommittees for programs such as Spectrum and the Diversity Research Grant
Update: These subcommittees have been moved to be part of the ODLOS Advisory Committee

Diversity MIG

Facilitated Discussion at Annual 2017 and best practices virtual round-up (Rebecca K., Tiana T., Karen Q.) http://connect.ala.org/node/229994 (Note this event has now been cancelled)

  • Survey results indicated that cultural competency is a topic of interest 
  • MIG will put on a session on Sunday at Annual Conference 2017 on: “What can ALA do to foster best practices for cultural competency?” It will be a conversation as well as a facilitated discussion. A facilitator still needs to be identified.
  • Larger goal of MIG is to make presentations and articles accessible on topics that we focus on.
  • If you have ideas or facilitator suggestions, send those along to Rebecca, Tiana, or Karen

Update on discussion with Diversity Councilors at ALA Midwinter (Martin G.)

The COD wanted to know if there were ways that we could work more closely with the Diversity Councilors (supporting them as well as keeping abreast on topics discussed at Council meetings)
There is an email list that is hosted by Kent State
Idea: Create an ALA Connect group so that we can have conversations all in one place (as opposed to having parallel discussions in our separate Connect communities). Next step will be to reach out to the conveners of Diversity Council group to create this ALA Connect group.

COD priorities for the next five months 

Major focus will be to update the charge for COD
 Scheduling Monthly meetings - Everyone was okay with monthly meeting/call (we can cancel if we do not need to meet)

Update from IFC Joint Group (Martin G.)

Library Bill of Rights on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries -  Structure was based on Access to Library Resources and Services Regardless of Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, or Sexual Orientation document. Please give feedback – deadline is May 1st
• Comment on the ALA Connect page
• Email any IFC member
• Martin will send out email to COD and we can comment; Martin and Jesse will compile our comments
• One comment already: Liked the definitions and the consistent language

Adjournment

Adjourned at 9:54AM PST
Doodle polls will be sent out for our meeting. At the next meeting we will discuss the COD’s role in the EDI strategic directions (places where we want to focus on and where we should encourage other groups to take action)

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File EDI-SD-DRAFTImplementation_FEEDBACK

by Jody Gray-IL (staff) on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 05:54 pm

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Discussion Diversity MIG

by Jody Gray-IL (staff) on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 05:52 pm

Join the Diversity MIG http://connect.ala.org/node/229994

Discussion Sharing best practices for cultural competency: Call for Participation

by Rebecca Kemp on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:00 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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Event March Conference call for Committee on Diversity - 11am Central 3/7/2017

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 11:29 am

Please hold 11am Central / 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific on Tuesday, March 7th for a COD Conference Call.

Below are agenda items from off-list discussions and Midwinter discussions, please let us know if you have agenda items to add. 

Call 866-801-5789
Enter Pasccode: 78965432

AGENDA 

  • Candidates for ALA Office who had requested time on agenda at Midwinter – Loida Garcia-Febo
  • Review of EDI Strategic Direction – Martin

Please hold 11am Central / 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific on Tuesday, March 7th for a COD Conference Call.

Below are agenda items from off-list discussions and Midwinter discussions, please let us know if you have agenda items to add. 

Call 866-801-5789
Enter Pasccode: 78965432

AGENDA 

  • Candidates for ALA Office who had requested time on agenda at Midwinter – Loida Garcia-Febo
  • Review of EDI Strategic Direction – Martin

  • Update from IFC Joint Group (Library Bill of Rights on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries)  - Martin/Jesse

  • Subcommittee transfer - Gwendolyn

  • MIG Facilitated Discussion at AC2017 and best practices virtual round-up – Rebecca/Tiana/Karen

  • Discussion with Diversity Councilors at ALA Midwinter and next steps – All who participated

  • COD Priorities for next five months – All

  • Updates on Council resolutions and actions from Midwinter – Volunteer who serves on Council

  • Scheduling Monthly Calls – All

  • Meetings at ALA Annual - All

 

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Online Doc Committee Update report filed for ALA Midwinter Meeting

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 11:12 am

Below is the committee update report provided to ALA's Governance Office for posting on (http://www.ala.org/aboutala/2017-midwinter-meeting-committee-information...). 

Committee on Diversity (COD) Midwinter Conference Report
2017 Midwinter Conference
Atlanta, GA

Submitted by Miriam C. Nauenburg, Chair 2016-2017

Below is the committee update report provided to ALA's Governance Office for posting on (http://www.ala.org/aboutala/2017-midwinter-meeting-committee-information...). 

Committee on Diversity (COD) Midwinter Conference Report
2017 Midwinter Conference
Atlanta, GA

Submitted by Miriam C. Nauenburg, Chair 2016-2017

Committee members: Chair Miriam Nauenburg, Jason Monroe Broughton, Holly Clark Carroll, Martin L. Garnar, Ms. Amiya P. Hutson, Laura Lanning, Satia Marshall Orange, Karen Patricia Quash, Gloria L. Rhodes, Jose Miguel Ruiz, Jesse Bernard Sanders, III, Yvonne C. Stephenson, Fantasia A. Thorne-Ortiz, Ngoc-Yen Tran, Tinamarie Vella, Rebecca J. Kemp (Intern), Tiana Trutna (Intern), Jody Gray (Primary Staff Liaison)

Accomplishments:

  • August 2016 conference call: Final Report of the TF-EDI; Diversity MIG renewal planning; collaborative opportunity with IFC; Resolution on Transgender Health Access
  • September 2016 conference call: Gun Violence Working Group "Resolution on Gun Violence"; EDI-IWG update; Diversity MIG next steps; Annual program discussion; Intersections Blog from ODLOS
    • Gun Violence resolution: COD provided feedback on the Gun Violence Resolution Working Group's draft "Resolution on Gun Violence". This product will be presented for consideration to the Committees on Intellectual Freedom and Legislation for further discussion before being transmitted to Council for possible action at Midwinter 2017.
    • Collaboration with Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC): The COD appointed two volunteers (Martin Garnar and Jesse Sanders) to assist the IFC with drafting a Library Bill of Rights on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries.
    • Diversity MIG: thanks to the efforts of COD interns Tiana Trutna and Rebecca Kemp, the Diversity MIG renewal petition was successful. Next steps: Rebecca Kemp and Miriam Nauenburg will present the MIG for renewal at the Midwinter meeting of the Committee on Organization.

Planned Activities:

  • COD plans to present a program on our Diversity MIG (survey and discussion) at Annual 2017.

Issues that affect the committee's work and their implications for the future:

  • Final Report of the TF-EDI: how much work can be absorbed by existing staff and groups? Some of the recommendations are already in place in the organization.
  • We are hopeful that the Diversity MIG's petition for renewal will be approved by COO. One of the goals of the Diversity MIG is to provide a base for deepening our discussion and collective understanding of diversity and inclusion issues across our professional organizations.

Interactions with other units within ALA:

  • Diversity Councilors Caucus: COD chair Miriam Nauenburg and new staff liaison Gwendolyn Prellwitz will meet with Diversity Councilors at Midwinter. The COD is interested in exploring opportunities for new Diversity Councilors to engage with the COD and is especially interested in hearing from more experienced Councilors in this area.
  • Collaboration with Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC): The COD appointed two volunteers to assist the IFC with drafting a Library Bill of Rights on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries.
  • TF-EDI recommendations: the EDI-IWP report was accepted, and the EB will be working with staff and various groups (including the working group) to move forward, using the recommendations as a guide. COD is considering priorities in this area, whether we should create working groups to address our pieces of the report, etc.

Relationship of the committee's work to the ALA strategic plan:

New strategic direction of EDI: President-Elect Jim Neal has moved to amend the ALA Strategic Plan with the addition of a fourth strategic direction: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

  • COD has provided feedback both under its own name and in its capacity as an advisory group to ODLOS. Concerns from the committee include the possibility of increasing funding for other members (not just Spectrum Scholars),
  • Moving forward COD will consider whether to revise its charge in light of the new EDI strategic direction.

Current level of committee members' involvement:

The group is active in attending committee meetings and providing feedback as requested.

Committee self-check on its value and viability:

  • COD would like the Diversity Councilors to have a voice in the committee. Our meeting with the Diversity Councilors at Midwinter is a first step in this direction. A question for us to consider is, how are we going to work over the next six months to have a strong relationship with Council as a Council Committee. 
  • COD's two subcommittees – the Spectrum Advisory Subcommittee and the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Subcommittee will now report to the ODLOS Advisory Committee, as these committees are programmatic in nature and benefit from information sharing with the groups represented on the ODLOS Advisory Committee.

Other issues: None at this time.

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Online Doc 2016 ALA Annual, Orlando, FL Diversity Releated Events

by Jody Gray-IL (staff) on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 10:57 am

For a list of diversity related events at ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, please share this link: https://sites.google.com/site/diversityrelatedevents/

File 09_2016_COD_notes

by Jody Gray-IL (staff) on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 03:24 pm

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File Summary-of-Recommendations_COD

by Jody Gray-IL (staff) on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 09:17 am

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