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Discussion Diversity Committtee Updates

by Athena Jackson on Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 06:21 am

The purpose of this discussion is to share with committee members and interested colleagues the updates of the Diversity Commitee.

The purpose of this discussion is to share with committee members and interested colleagues the updates of the Diversity Commitee.

Recently, we piloted an informal (non-voting) chat session in an effort to determine the viability of using chatrooms (no voice/no video) for discussing the work of the committee during the time between the 2 face-to-face meetings. Because we are sponsoring a seminar at the upcoming Preconference in Baton Rouge, we thought it was good time to reconnect and update about our plans for this summer's meetings. As well, we volleyed around ideas for future program planning and chatted about opportunities for outreach.

Three interesting discussion points were:

1. Let's make concerted efforts to outreach more to Scholarship recipients at the Preconference. We hope to engage these attendees when the opportunity arises. Hopefully, we can grab a few for coffee break chats before/after plenary sessions.

2. We discussed the membership of our committee as being "outward" in approach. We are not an insular group and we encourage our members to actively participate (either formally or infomally) in the projects designed by other committees. The whole group agreed this is a noble goal and is committed to its success.

3. The group also discussed the ever growing concern of enabling access to non-English collections. From cataloging to collection development, we all agree this is something to tackle and deliberate upon. We, therefore, thought it would be great to introduce the idea during the meeting at Annual-ALA as a viable discussion group topic at the 2012 Preconference in San Diego.

Overall the chat was a productive outlet for bouncing ideas and discussing important issues. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (athenaj@lsu.edu) and I'll be happy to answer them.

Thanks for your interest,

Athena N. Jackson

 

 

 

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Event Diversity Committee Meeting (ACRL RBMS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

Meeting of the RBMS Diversity Committee

Online Doc ALA Midwinter Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes, 2014

by Katharine Chandler (non-member) on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 08:58 am

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Event Diversity Committee Meeting (ACRL RBMS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 01:25 pm

Charge: To encourage members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to join and participate in RBMS; to recruit members of these groups into the Special Collections profession; to partner with other groups in the library field that focus on diversity or diverse collections; to generate and facilitate seminars, workshops, and programs about collecting materials related to racial and ethnic groups and providing outreach to patrons from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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Online Doc RBMS Diversity Committee Agenda ALA 2013

by Katharine Chandler (non-member) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 09:36 am

RBMS Diversity Committee, co-chairs Katharine Chandler and Chella Vaidyanathan

RBMS Diversity Committee, co-chairs Katharine Chandler and Chella Vaidyanathan

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago 2013

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Wrigley

Sunday, June 30, 8:30-10:00 AM

 

Agenda:

 

1. Call to order and introductions.

2. Recap discussion session “Putting Diversity into Action: Showcasing Diverse Collections” at the 2013 preconference

3.  Update on the "Diverse Partners: Preserving and Providing Access to Collections" seminar at the Preconference 2013 and brief summary of all events

4. Diversity Survey Update

5. Collaboration with Membership & Professional Development Committee - Brown bag lunch event update from Preconference 2013

6. Proposal for 2014 seminar - hidden collections idea update

7. Historical Documents update

8. Diversity Tool Kit Update

9. New Business

 

 

 

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Online Doc RBMS Diversity Committee Midwinter 2013 minutes

by Katharine Chandler (non-member) on Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 09:25 pm



RBMS Diversity Committee
Minutes
ALA Midwinter Meeting, Seattle, WA
Sunday, January 27, 8:30-10:00 AM
Westin Seattle, Adams

Attendees



RBMS Diversity Committee
Minutes
ALA Midwinter Meeting, Seattle, WA
Sunday, January 27, 8:30-10:00 AM
Westin Seattle, Adams

Attendees
Katharine Chandler, co-chair, Free Library of Philadelphia; Chella Vaidyanathan, co-chair, Johns Hopkins University; Nina Schneider, Executive Committee liaison, Clark Library, UCLA; G. Michael Truran, Indiana University; Michelle Mascaro, University of Akron; Li Fu, University of San Diego; Michelle Stretzver; Katie Henningsen, University of Puget Sound;, Elizabeth DeBold, University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill.

Call to order 8:35 AM
Katharine Chandler agreed to take the minutes

Introductions.

1. RBMS Preconference Update

A seminar was accepted for the 2013 Preconference: Diverse Partners: Preserving and Providing Access to Collections
It will be from 8-9:30 AM on Wednesday, June 26.

A proposal was made for a discussion as well: Putting Diversity into Action: Showcasing Diverse Collections. This is likely to be accepted.

The Diversity Committee plans to team up with Membership to sponsor another Brown Bag lunch this year in order to foster connections among newer and younger members and more seasoned folks in RBMS. Last year’s event led by Athena Jackson was a success.

Scholarships are still open for this year, closing in March.  

For the 2014 preconference it would be a good idea to fit in diversity: There will be an emerging voices session, according to the discussions of the initial preconference 2014 meeting on Saturday January 26th.

2. Diversity Survey Update
1997 was the last time RBMS made a full survey of the membership. The Diversity Committee did not exist at that time. Katie Henningsen is writing on this. Chella will help. She contacted Brian Vetruba of Western European Studies Section to know if RBMS could use some of the questions. Brian mentioned that it should be fine as long as RBMS gives due credit to WESS if any of their questions are used. The survey is available at http://wessweb.info/wessimages/f/fa/Wesssurveyfinalreport.pdf
It’s important to look at things useful to Diversity and to new members, as well.

3. Collaboration with Membership and Professional Development Committee
The Brown Bag lunch collaboration for Preconference 2013 is happening (see above).
Kasia from the M&PDC is talking about buddy programs and mentoring programs.
Creative mentorings
Mention of a possible salary task force which would affect Diversity as well as Membership which will look at ARL salary surveys
Build relationships with other sections of ACRL:
relationships can bring in new members, new programming, etc. Particularly, it would be helpful to form relationships with the Asian, African and Middle Eastern section and others to encourage new members to join the RBMS.    
List of liaisons at information exchange.

4. Joint Conference for Librarians of Color (JCLC) Conference Report (Sept. 2012)
The session title was “Diversity in the Special Collections Field  from Defining the Need to Providing Solutions.” The session was held on Sept. 22, 2012. It was three member panel presentation by Athena Jackson (Univ. of Miami), Chella Vaidyanathan (Johns Hopkins University) and Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty (Univ. of Chicago). Athena talked abou the Diversity Tookit in her presentation.
More than 20 people in attended the session, including LIS students
The audience asked lots of questions.
Diversity Committee should look into sending people to it in 2014 as it is only held every two years: perhaps present Diversity Toolkit with focus on diverse collections or for people new to profession. This would draw members from other groups to our session.  

5. Diversity Toolkit Update

The Diversity Toolkit needs to be updated to address diversifying collections and to address people new to the profession or non-Western collections.
Katharine Chandler will head it up with help from Chella, Katie Henningsen, and Michelle Mascaro.
Question posted: focus on diversity of users?
One answer was that diversity of collections will draw more diverse users.

Seminar idea: hidden collections for diverse populations.
Seminar proposal deadline is June 15.
6. no
7. New business?

Executive committee is rewriting core competencies. Katharine Chandler has offered to assist on the Diversity Committee end.

Meeting adjourned 9:35 AM.

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Event Diversity Committee Meeting (ACRL RBMS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Charge: To encourage members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to join and participate in RBMS; to recruit members of these groups into the Special Collections profession; to partner with other groups in the library field that focus on diversity or diverse collections; to generate and facilitate seminars, workshops, and programs about collecting materials related to racial and ethnic groups and providing outreach to patrons from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

More information about this conference session

Event Diversity Committee Meeting (ACRL RBMS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:08 am

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Charge: To encourage members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to join and participate in RBMS; to recruit members of these groups into the Special Collections profession; to partner with other groups in the library field that focus on diversity or diverse collections; to generate and facilitate seminars, workshops, and programs about collecting materials related to racial and ethnic groups and providing outreach to patrons from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Charge: To encourage members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to join and participate in RBMS; to recruit members of these groups into the Special Collections profession; to partner with other groups in the library field that focus on diversity or diverse collections; to generate and facilitate seminars, workshops, and programs about collecting materials related to racial and ethnic groups and providing outreach to patrons from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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