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2013 Midwinter ACRL – Diversity Committee

January 25, 2013

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Online Doc Minutes - ALA Annual, July 2009

by Melanee Vicedo (non-member) on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 10:39 am

 

ACRL Racial & Ethnic Diversity Committee
Meeting - ALA Annual (Chicago) - July 11, 2009

Present: Emily Love, Charlene Maxey-Harris, Emily Backe, Heleni Pedersoli, Michelle Saunders (outgoing chair), Melanee Vicedo (incoming chair)

Not Present: Trevor Dawes (incoming vice-chair), Dee Holliday, Maria Carpenter, Scott Mandernack

Recorder: Melanee Vicedo

Membership

 

ACRL Racial & Ethnic Diversity Committee
Meeting - ALA Annual (Chicago) - July 11, 2009

Present: Emily Love, Charlene Maxey-Harris, Emily Backe, Heleni Pedersoli, Michelle Saunders (outgoing chair), Melanee Vicedo (incoming chair)

Not Present: Trevor Dawes (incoming vice-chair), Dee Holliday, Maria Carpenter, Scott Mandernack

Recorder: Melanee Vicedo

Membership

  • Michelle Saunders asked to stay on to work on Cultural Competency document and she will upload all committee documents to Google Docs.
  • Emily Backe  is interested in joining the committee.
  • Members present identified the need for more people to join the committee and encouraged each other to ask at least two colleagues about joining the group.

Communication

  • Members agreed to use Google Docs for now to share documents
    • M. Saunders will connect all members' emails to documents so they can view them.
  • Online meetings may be scheduled in the future using Gchat or ALA Connect
  • ACRL Diversity Listserv
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    • M. Vicedo will contact ACRL about management duties
    • Only members of the REDC are on the list, not public
  • REDC website needs major updating
    • M. Vicedo will contact ACRL about content management


Subgroups

  • Committee has utilized subgroups in the past to complete projects but currently, there are not enough members for this to be effective.
  • No subgroups from now on.

Strategic Planning - ACRL is requiring all committees to complete a SMART Goals form (see attachment) to document the concrete  actions and to provide a clear road map for the upcoming year. The Goals should align with ACRL's Strategic Plan Priorities (see attachment).

  • SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
  • Deadline for turning this form in to ACRL is Sept. 1st. so that the ACRL Board has an opportunity to review and discuss them at its fall Strategic Planning and Orientation Session to be held September 23-25


REDC Goals for the 2009-2010

  • Finish a working draft of Cultural Competencies for Academic libraries by Midwinter 2010
  • Final draft of Cultural Competencies by Annual 2010
  • Collaborate with Office of Diversity to create a central location for diversity information on the web; initial contact by August 2009
    • C. Maxey-Harris will contact Office of Diversity

Cultural Competencies for Academic Libraries (please see document titled Cultural Competencies Initiative Overview in GoogleDocs)

  • Multiple steps are needed for the competencies to be approved by ACRL, see: http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/resources/policies/chapter14stan...
  • REDC has completed some of these steps (conduct roundtables and REDC sponsored programs for feedback) and M. Vicedo and M. Saunders will review actions still needed; these actions will be assigned to committee members.
  • Please see Task Force Workplan in Google Docs for mandatory steps.

Central location for diversity information

  • M. Saunders had a discussion with Miguel Figueroa (director of ALA Office of Diversity) who identified a need for a central online location for diversity information; Michelle concurred.
  • Goal is to create a resource for those seeking information on scholarships, program, reading lists and possibly a speaker list/bureau.
  • Possibilities for this project: 1) site housed and maintained by the Office of Diversity but REDC will contribute heavily to the content; this is just one idea and nothing has been decided.


Recommendations from White Paper

  • Board of Directors Diversity Task Force wrote a white paper titled Achieving Racial and Ethnic Diversity among Academic and Research Librarians (see attachment).
  • Within the white paper, there are recommendations of actions.
  • Recommended actions will be reviewed and REDC will determine if the committee should take on projects.

Programs

  • Currently, no REDC sponsored programs are planned other than possible proposal for National Diversity Conference (October in New Jersey).
  • Members should explore and collaborate with other groups and committees for possible co-sponsorship opportunities.

Funds

  • Currently, REDC has funds available; may be used for programs or consultant for Competencies document; nothing has been identified yet.

 

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To initiate, advise and mobilize support for appropriate action related to issues of diversity in academic librarianship including recruitment, advancement and retention of underrepresented groups to academic and research librarianship and the promotion of library and information services for diverse library users.

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