Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community Community
ALA has launched a new public awareness campaign “Libraries Transform” – libraries transform lives and communities and libraries are undergoing significant transformations in terms of spaces, services, collections, and programs.
As part of this campaign we want to highlight the great ways that librarians and library professionals are leading transformation. We’re doing some write-ups on change agents or change teams to promote around the campaign. Some examples of published profiles:
Would you be willing to share your story for one of our profiles? We will need a photo and your answers to the following series of questions - just 3 - 5 sentences for each question to highlight the work you’re doing as an example of how libraries transform?
Here are the questions
- What big change are you implementing that is helping your library transform? Provide a specific example of a program, space, service, or product that illustrates the change you have accomplished.
- How has this transformation in your library helped to transform your community?
Answer at least one of the following two questions:
- What is one of the best strategies for achieving change in your library and how have you leveraged it?
- What is one of the biggest challenges for achieving change in your library and how have you learned to manage it?
Answer at least one of the following two questions:
- What resources (books, articles, mentors, web sites, etc.) help inspire your evolving vision of change in libraries?
- What experiences or outcomes resulting from your change have kept you inspired and motivated to continue your work?
If you have questions or to submit your story, please contact Miguel Figueroa at email@example.com. There’s no set deadline for submitting your story – it’s a rolling series of profiles that will continue throughout the year.
Thanks for considering this opportunity!
Center for the Future of Libraries
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-5851 / 800-545-2433 ext. 5851
Nominate the next honoree for "Achievement in Library Diversity Research"
Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee seeks to recognize an individual for significant contributions to diversity research and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in Library Diversity Research. Achievement is defined as a body of work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity. Entries are not limited to peer reviewed, scholarly publication. We welcome open access and other forms of published dissemination. Nominations are accepted year-round and an honoree will be selected from the pool of nominees received by March 15, 2016 with the award presented at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Self-nominations are welcome.
More information and the short form are available at: http://www.ala.org/research/larks/honoring-excellence-achievement-library-diversity-research. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are invited to participate in a survey examining New Year’s Resolutions and goal-setting habits of library employees.
Leo Lo (University of Alabama) and Amelia Anderson (Florida State University) are conducting a study called New Year’s Resolutions Survey. They wish to find out library staff’s habits and behaviors of setting goals during the new year period.
Taking part in this study involves completing a web survey that will take about 10 minutes. This survey contains questions about respondent demographic, goal setting habits , and new year’s resolution perceptions.
The researchers will protect your confidentiality by not collecting your name. Only the researchers will have access to the data. Only summarized data will be presented at meetings or in publications.
There will be no direct benefits to you (or describe benefit or incentives). The findings will be useful to the library profession for developing goal-setting programs for employees and users.
The chief risk is that some of the questions may make you uncomfortable. You may skip any questions you do not want to answer.
If you have questions about this study, please contact Leo Lo at email@example.com. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant . contact Ms. Tanta Myles (the University Compliance Officer) at (205) 348-8461 or toll-free at 1-877-820-3066. If you have complaints or concerns about this study, file them through the UA IRB outreach website at http://osp.ua.edu/site/PRCO_Welcome.html. Also, if you participate, you are encouraged to complete the short Survey for Research Participants online at this website. This helps UA improve its protection of human research participants.
By clicking on the link below you are agreeing to participate in this survey.
The survey closes on February 29th, 2016 at 6pm (Central Standard Time).
Leo Lo and Amelia Anderson
Associate Professor/Head, McLure Education Library
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
PhD Opportunities at University of North Carolina
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applicants to our PhD program for
start in August 2016.
Our doctoral program provides intensive, highly flexible and customizable
preparation for a range of careers including those in academia and
The program consists of a combination of coursework and independent and
guided research in the areas of information interaction, organization and
search; archival science and digital curation; health informatics and 21st
For those interested in pursuing faculty positions, we offer extensive
training in teaching and curriculum development.
We expect to provide 4 years of funding (tuition, stipend and health
insurance) to all PhD students.
The application period is open only until December 15.
Questions? Email Professor Barbara Wildemuth, Doctoral Program Director,
The University of Arizona School of Information welcomes applicants for the Ph.D in Information program. Accepted students will be assured of at least four years of funding, covered tuition, and opportunities for additional support. The School of Information is broadly interdisciplinary, but for this coming year’s doctoral student cohort, particular preference will be given to applicants with research interest in machine learning, natural language processing, data mining, text retrieval, data science, computational art, mobile computing, mediated interaction, social networks, or computational social science. Preferred areas of interest include eHealth, astronomy, eCommerce, and the environment.
At the University of Arizona and in the School of Information, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking a wide range of applicants to include those from underrepresented populations.
For information on the University of Arizona’s School of Information, see:
For a profile of the School of Information at Arizona, see:
For PhD application information, see: http://si.arizona.edu/phd-information.
With questions about research or doctoral work in the School, please contact the School’s Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Hong Cui, firstname.lastname@example.org.
With quick questions about the applicant process or application materials, feel free to reach out to our administrative support team through Geraldine
Pre-Screening Questionnaire for Intersectionality at the Reference Desk Interviews
The questionnaire linked below is part of a research study aimed at examining personal identity and intersectionality at the reference desk. We are looking to recruit self-identified women of color librarians to interview about their experiences working with the public in libraries. We hope to learn about and understand how one’s personal identity can shape how they experience workplace interactions, and how they approach their work in public services.
If you are interested in being interviewed, please complete this online questionnaire (estimated
Pre-screening questions will be collected online through the survey tool Qualtrics. To protect the confidentiality of survey respondents the collection of IP addresses will be disabled in the survey results. Qualtrics is a secure survey tool. The answers provided will only be used for recruitment purposes. All data will be destroyed after completion of the study.
Participation is voluntary and participants are free to withdraw at any time, or may choose to only answer specific questions.
To complete this questionnaire you must be 18 years or older.
This research has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), which is a committee that works to protect your rights and welfare. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the Institutional Review Board at (866) 789-6215 or email@example.com.
Responses will be collected through December 15, 2015.
By clicking on the link below to proceed to the questionnaire, you acknowledge that you understand the nature of this research and consent to participate, and you do not feel that more than minimal risk, if any, is involved.
Further questions or concerns can be addressed to:
Annie Pho, University of Illinois at Chicago, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rose Chou, American University, email@example.com
I am conducting my dissertation study about the experiences of trans* academics affiliated with a U.S. post-secondary institution (trans* is broadly and inclusively defined, I intentionally include faculty who identify as trans*, agender, transgender, transsexual, men and women of transsexual experience, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and/or any other identity that diverges from socially expected genders associated with one's assigned sex at birth). The study examines trans* identities and the academic employment experiences of participants.
This research is determined "exempt" by the Michigan State University IRB Application #i046337; x14-570e and the faculty mentor is Kristen A. Renn.
I am asking potential participants to fill out a brief interest form (link below). In the interest of recruiting a sample that reflects the variety of trans* academics' experiences, I seek a diverse sample. Individuals who identify across diverse racial or ethnic identities, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, socio-economic backgrounds, disciplinary backgrounds or training, ability statuses, and/or national origins are especially encouraged to participate.
In order to be eligible to participate you must identify in some way as transgender or trans*, in the broadest and most inclusive sense of those terms, and have worked during the last six months, or currently work, in a faculty/lecturer/academic appointment (tenure track, non-tenure track, or adjunct).
Please share this survey with your trans* identified faculty colleagues.
If selected for participation, I ask that you complete two interviews (60-75 minutes each) via Skype/Google Hangout, in person (if possible), or over the phone. In preparation for the second interview, I will send participants a narrative prompt and ask for a brief response. In the spirit of social justice research, I seek to collaborate with participants in shaping a collective narrative about their experiences.
This study is supported by the Michigan State University College of Education. As a token of appreciation, all participants will receive a $25 amazon gift card payable after the completion of the second interview.
Erich N. Pitcher
Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education
Michigan State University
The American Library Association (ALA) Leadership Institute is a unique 4-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders. The 2015 institute will be led again by past ALA President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss.
The institute will include a structured learning track and the opportunity for individual development.
The 2015 ALA Leadership Institute will take place August 9-13 at the Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois.The 2015 application process is now open. Applications will be accepted through April 8, 2015. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer.
"I left with practical tools that I can use immediately. The participants were some of the best thinkers in the profession. I learned a great deal from their rich experiences."
Participants in the program will…
- Return to their institution with greater self-awareness and self-confidence, equipped with better skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in their communities.
- Return to their communities as better leaders, prepared to identify, develop, and implement solutions which will benefit all stakeholders.
- Have the opportunity to form a vibrant learning community and network, which is an essential element of effective leadership development
The selection committee reviews applications to select a participant mix based on type of library (public, academic, school, special, etc.), organizational responsibility, geography, gender, and race/ethnicity. This selective process is based on demonstrated leadership potential, professional achievement and community or campus involvement. Particular attention will be given to applicants’ personal statements as well as those of their references. In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Hold an MLS or equivalent degree
- Have at least 5 years of post-MLS library work experience
- Have a letter of support from his/her employer
- Be ready to assume a higher administrative or managerial role
- Be an ALA member at time of application
- Be able to attend the Institute in Itasca, IL
Selected participants are mid-career librarians ready to assume a higher administrative or managerial role, with some history of community or campus involvement.
Cost per participant is $1,200 including lodging, all meals, materials, and a free one-year membership to the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA).
Greetings from NN/LM SE/A.
There are still spaces available for the next online Consumer Health class, Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web, which begins on March 16th, as well as other scheduled classes for 2015.
The consumer genetics class, ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers will be offered for the first time online beginning April 20th. Additionally, the popular Health & Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services will be offered this summer and provides 12 MLA CE contact hours.
To see the full schedule and class descriptions, please visit: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/chis.
All classes provide MLA CE contact hours and qualify for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).
Contact Terri Ottosen to register: firstname.lastname@example.org< href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org> or click on the "register online" link on the class page.< />
Consumer Health Coordinator
NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region
Colleagues below is the call for proposals for the 2015 Spectrum Institute.
Please feel free to Scholars listserv, Spectrum facebook page, or the comments section below to discuss and reach out to other Scholars to collaborate and coordinate submitting proposals!
Dear Spectrum Family,
What would you like to have known as a new library professional? What have you learned about professional branding, constructing a career strategy, identifying mentors, and navigating the workplace?
The ALA Spectrum Institute is looking for presenters to share their knowledge and experiences with current Spectrum Scholars at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 25 and 26, 2015.
We seek stimulating proposals for 1 - 1.5 hour panel sessions or workshops which will be scheduled for Thursday evening (6/25) and Friday (6/26) morning and afternoon that speak to geographically and racially diverse Master-level students transitioning to professional positions. All speakers must be registered for the ALA conference. Primary speaker must be a past recipient of a Spectrum Scholarship.
Proposals should be submitted via the online conference proposal form: http://bit.ly/1m3AJNw
Deadline for submission is midnight March 22, 2015.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Spectrum Advisory Committee and program organizers will be notified regarding the status of their proposals by April 6, 2015.