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ACRL Instruction Section issues diversity materials


For Immediate Release

June 1, 2009



Alexandra Rivera

Chair ACRL/IS Instruction for Diverse Populations Committee

Outreach Librarian

University of Arizona Libraries

1510 E. University Blvd., Room A122

Tucson, AZ  85721

Phone: (520) 626-3902

Fax: (520) 626-7444

E-mail: riveraa@u.library.arizona.edu


ACRL Instruction Section issues diversity materials

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Instruction for Diverse Populations (IDP) Committee is pleased to announce the latest versions of the "Multilingual Glossary" and "Library Instruction for Diverse Populations Bibliography.” These two publications are intended to promote the equal access to instructional services, materials and technologies.

The “Multilingual Glossary” supports both English as a Second Language library users and the librarians who assist them. The glossary contains terminology and definitions for 85 commonly used library terms. The terminology is provided in six different languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French and Spanish. Definitions are provided in English. 

Recognizing that college and university students are more diverse than ever, and that this trend is one that will continue, the IDP Committee developed and continues to update the “Library Instruction for Diverse Populations Bibliography.” This annotated bibliography begins with a section of general resources on instruction for diverse populations and then addresses instructional issues and techniques for the following student groups: African American; Asian American; first-generation college; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender; Hispanic and Latino; international; Native American; nontraditional; students with disabilities and transfer students.

Both publications can be accessed from the publications section of the IS Web site at http://www.ala.org/acrl/is.

The committee wishes to thank past members/contributors to these publications and the members who participated in the most recent revisions: Jennifer Knievel, Miriam Laskin, Andrew Lee, Colleen Major, Lesley Moyo, Maud Mundava, Alexandra Rivera, Paula Smith, Dana Wright and Vivien Zazzau.


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.