Diversity Officers' Discussion Group (LLAMA - Library Leadership & Management Association) Community
In attendance: Tiffany Allen, UNC Chapel Hill; Laura Bayard, Hesburgh Libraries, ND; Robin Deadrick, MIT; Lila Friendenburg, Rutgers University; Kent Glavash, MIT; Nancy Hewison, Purdue University; Laura Lillard, University of Washington; Leo Lo, Kansas State University; Marilyn McClaskey, University of Minnesota; Cathy Miesse, Loyola University, Chicago; Angela Wright, University of Alabama.
Diversity Officers' Discussion Group
Will eventually need to choose co-chairs for 2011-2012.
We've been posting on ALA Connect. Nancy encourages people to get on the diversity-l listserv and to contribute to our ALA Connect. We put meeting notes, agendas, calls for agenda items there.
Talked about the fact that the list is used primarily for job announcements and calls for agenda items, but discussed that it could be used for more. ALA Connect will send messages when something new has been posted.
ARL Spec Kit - results are being analyzed
ARL Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee has a draft Cultural Competencies document and they seek feedback on this.
National Diversity in Libraries Conference July 14-16 – There will be many interesting topics, including issues related to LGBT, disabilities, native populations, etc. "Jazz as a paradigm for diversity" is the closing program. Posters on two days.
Notre Dame just hired their 6th Librarian in Residence, Naomi Bishop from the UW iSchool. The residency is for two years. The work they do varies and is dependent upon their qualifications and experiences. Her 2nd year will be in Engineering. First semester will be in Law.
Someone asked if they keep track of past residents. Notre Dame has been able to hire most of them. There was some discussion of how different institutions handle the hiring process of fellows. It varies by institution. Lila informed us that Rutgers just hired an intern and resident. They work for the library for the 2 years they are in library school, $39k for 20 hours a week, moving from area to area. And then they will work in the library for one year after graduation. Their last resident is at ArtStore.
Purdue anticipates offering 2 residency/visiting assistant professor positions beginning in 2011.
University of AL has 5? new positions - 3 year renewable, targeted towards beginning career librarians. They are not residencies.
4. Town Hall on Diversity report
Laura and Nancy discussed the meeting.
Chair of Committee on Diversity discussed that the Diversity Council advises ALA. Nancy talked about his definition of diversity and the staging he did for the discussion.
One topic that came up in the discussion was the fact that LLAMA doesn't have a diversity committee. Nancy brought up the existence of the Diversity Officers' Discussion
Group. She told them that our group might be able to take this information forward to LLAMA exec to get some action on this.
The confusing structure of ALA was also addressed. Some commented that it is confusing that the ethnic caucuses aren't part of ALA.
Training of leaders also came up.
At the Boston meeting, where chairs of the DO Discussion Group met with LLAMA President Molly Rafael, there was discussion of diversity training. Molly is now ALA President.
Training on diversity should be included in all LLAMA programs for managers. Concern was raised that mid-level managers might be experiencing diversity fatigue and tune out when this topic comes up.
2 new LLAMA committees LLAMA HR Management and LLAMA Leadership Skills. The HR Management Committee might be a group to take action on training.
A theme of the town hall was that some incoming librarians/library school students don't have a commitment to diversity or intellectual freedom. Could ALA factor diversity into their accreditation?
FL is training their medical residents with a software that exposes them to patients that are different from them so that they can get comfortable with working with patrons who are different from them. Angela Wright brought this up and thought this might be useful for training on diversity at some point. From "Glass Half Full, Half Empty" preconference.
Laura brought up that there is a need for a broader discussion of recruitment with libraries and library schools.
Laura brought up the required qualification used at the UW Libraries and the questions used in the interviews. She will send this out to the Discussion Group.
Could there be more internships to bring students into more diverse settings as well are brining diverse students into non-diverse communities in order to expose everyone to diversity.
Angela brought up something about taking care of the needs of diverse libraries
TRLN management academy - for mid-career managers. Has a diversity component. To be held spring 2011.
Tiffany brought up that Chapel Hill had a SILS Summitt and talked to people in the field who are involved in personnel decisions to find out what they are looking for and what they are missing. Diversity, technology skills, etc. were topic brought up.
Tiffany brought up the great diversity in their student employees. Tiffany asked if we'd had any success in recruiting them into librarianship. Rachel Garza Carreón’s program at Iowa for student employees came up. Leo said they are going to do a undergraduate diversity internship at Kansas State.
Angela mentioned a scholarship at AL for staff who are in library school or related program (e.g., IT) that might feed into libraries. Chapel Hill is trying to work with supervisors to find out if there are students showing an aptitude for library work. Chapel Hill has quite a few library school students they employee, 20. Will be doing 10 a year. They will overlap over their 2 years.
AL's graduate assistants come to the library, paid by the library school.
Tiffany said their CALA programs select fellows from a list the SILS sends based on phone conversations.
Nancy brought up the ALA Office for Diversity's new grant to bring more high school students into the pipeline. They received over $400,000 from IMLS for the program.
Nancy brought up the desire for training materials to train staff (discussed at town hall). Miguel Figueroa, from ALA’s Office for Diversity, suggested there is a repository of content in their office. Online?
What would we like to communicate to LLAMA?
Apparently there is a question on the form people submit for program proposals to LLAMA that asks how it addresses diversity. Is this satisfactory for ensuring diversity is addressed in most programs? Is it required that all program address diversity?
If not, how can we get diversity training into LLAMA programs?
Train the trainer was one of the items brought up in the meeting with Molly Rafael. Maybe LLAMA Human Resources Management can look into this.
Question came up asking if diversity is in the strategic plan of LLAMA? A few people said it is.
Dialogue with director's group (Brian Bray) - could we bring up diversity commitment with this group? They meet Monday 10:30.
Might diversity commitment be a topic for discussion at our next meeting?
3 things to put on the agenda for our meeting at MidWinter.
Recruitment to the profession among the undergraduate population
Seeking your input on discussion topic(s) for June 26, 2010, meeting in Washington, DC
Our next Diversity Officer's Discussion Group meeting will be Saturday, June 26, 2010, 8-10:00 a.m. ,
in the Columbia 3-4 Room of the Washington Hilton (one of the headquarters hotels).
We need your input regarding discussion topics!
Please feel free to share any ideas, questions or problems you have in mind that will help us develop a discussion topic or topics for our June 26 meeting in DC. This is an open meeting to all those interested in diversity related topics. You can post your suggestions here or on our listserv at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you in DC!
Nancy Hewison, 2009-2010 Co-Chair
Laura Lilliard, 2010-11 Co-Chair
Charlene Maxey-Harris, 2009-2010, Co-Chair