Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community Community
The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library is offering a research travel award to educators, graduate students, and independent researchers who would benefit from access to the rich and unique historical and cultural holdings in the Archives Research Center. Available for research are rare books and over 105 collections of manuscripts, photographs, and archival records documenting the African American and African diaspora experience in a broad range of subjects including civil rights, race relations, education, literature, visual and performing arts, religion, politics, and social work. Visit www.auctr.edu/archives to learn more about the Archives Research Center and browse the collections available for research.
The award will be made based on estimated travel expenses not to exceed $1,500. The application deadline is January 23, 2015, and the awardee research period is for April 1 through November 21, 2015. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.978.2052 for questions.
The application can be accessed here: http://www.auctr.edu/files/documents/2015-Research-Travel-Award-Application.pdf
Proposals for the New Voices in the Profession session at the 2015 ARLIS-NA conference in Fort Worth, Texas (March 19-23) are now being accepted!
New Voices in the Profession showcases exceptional academic work by students and new professionals (under 5 years post MLS). Paper topics should relate strongly to Art and/or Visual Resources Librarianship, but also digital library projects, archives, library instruction, reference and the changing nature of libraries, among other topics. Paper topics that relate to the conference theme “New Frontiers on the Old Frontier” will be given special consideration.
To see papers presented in past sessions, please view Conference Proceedings from previous years on the ARLIS website (http://www.arlisna.org/news/conferences). Papers will be selected by representatives from ArLiSNAP, the ARLIS/NA Professional Development Committee and the Fort Worth Conference Program co-chairs.
If interested, please submit the following to Maggie Portis at email@example.com by January 30, 2015:
- Presentation title
- Presentation abstract (250 words)
- Your name, institutional affiliation, and email address
Do you have a colleague or coworker who has made significant contributions in library services that are national or international in scope and that include improving, spreading, and promoting multicultural services in libraries? Do they work with children, teens or adults in a school, public or academic library? If you know someone who deserves recognition for their dedication and life’s work, please consider nominating her/him for EMIERT’s Distinguished Librarian Award. Nominees are not required to be EMIERT members. The award winner will be announced at ALA Midwinter in Chicago with the award presentation at ALA Annual in San Francisco. Nominees must have a Master’s of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited institution. For more information, see http://www.ala.org/emiert/emiertawards/emiertawards
The Nomination form can be found at: http://www.ala.org/emiert/sites/ala.org.emiert/files/content/emiertawards/galeaward/EMIERTDistinguishedLibrarianAward_NomineeForm.pdf
Completed nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 9, 2015.
EMIERT Awards Committee Chair:
East Carolina University
Teaching Resource Center
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
The Long Now Foundation’s Manual for Civilization seems like a project librarians can get interested in. The project seeks to crowdsource a collection of 3,500 books deemed important for sustaining or rebuilding civilization - everything from the cultural canon to technical works to science fiction to history to guides to long-term thinking.
The Foundation has collected nearly 1,000 titles through submissions from over 6,000 members and experts, including Brian Eno, Stewart Brand, Kevin Kelly, Maria Popova and Neal Stephenson. You can learn more about some of the selections by checking out the Long Now Foundation’s blog. The Manual for Civilization will be housed at The Interval, the Long Now Foundation’s bar, café, and event space in San Francisco focused on long-term thinking.
We’re crediting the Manual for Civilization as inspiration for an experiment from the Center for the Future of Libraries. Can we crowdsource a Manual for the Future of Librarianship?
Beyond what we learned/are learning in library school – a shared base of knowledge for librarianship – what are the other books, articles, reports, essays, videos, recordings, etc., that will help inform the future of our profession? Think of things you have read, seen or heard that inform your practice and that you think others would benefit from. Think inside and outside the library literature. Think bestsellers, obscure finds, and things that hurt your brain. These don’t have to be exclusively futuristic – we’ll also need timeless advice from all disciplines and perspectives.
We have set up a submission form to gather suggestions. We will publish submissions to the site for others to review and consider. Once we have a significant pool of suggestions, we may move to a voting process to help identify some of the best and most essential contributions to this Manual for the Future of Librarianship. Submit your ideas at: http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/future/manual-future-librarianship
This is an experiment, so we are open to feedback, suggestions, and additional thoughts!
Miguel A. Figueroa
Center for the Future of Libraries
800-545-2433 ext. 5851
Current PhD student at the University of South Carolina, Jason Alston, is involved in an ongoing project addressing successful implementation of diversity librarian positions and diversity scholarship programs. He requested that I distribute this information and the link to the survey. Below is his call for participants:
Below is the link to a fully anonymous survey that I am conducting for the next phase of my research/project. Please complete the survey if you either received a diversity-related scholarship AND/OR worked in any professional position that spawned from a diversity initiative. Questions are open-response and estimated completion time is 30 minutes, but the richer and fuller the data you provide is, the more successful my project will be and my goal is to develop a resource that will help institutions implement these programs more successfully.
Again, the survey is FULLY ANONYMOUS; please do not provide any information that can be used to identify yourself or the institution(s) involved. If there are any questions or concerns, please email me at email@example.com. The link is here:
Please help us gather important information to ensure the success of existing and future leadership development training programs (LDTs) for diverse groups!
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is engaging in important research exploring the effects of formal LDT experiences on the retention and advancement of academic and research librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (URGs). This inquiry will explore and compare the experience of library and information science (LIS) professionals in LDTs that are designed and delivered specifically for those constituencies against others without that demographic focus. We will be conducting several in-person focus groups, facilitated by an expert external consultant, where we will be collecting qualitative data about those experiences and to determine the strengths and weaknesses of delivering LDTs in cohorts of URGs. In addition, we would like to collect feedback concerning program elements that are perceived as having an enduring effect on behaviors, engagement, and career trajectories.
Currently, we are recruiting participants for focus group sessions to be held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, January 30 through February 2, 2015. (You need not be registered for or attending ALA Midwinter to participate in the focus groups.) We are searching for people who have participated in at least one LDT program for URGs and another without that focus. If you fit this criterion and are willing to dedicate 90-120 minutes for these important discussions, please complete the brief questionnaire (link below) to indicate your availability. The questionnaire will collect basic demographic and professional information, as well as data about the LDT experiences in which you have participated.
Even if you are not attending the ALA Midwinter meeting, we hope to convene other focus groups either in geographic areas where we have a sufficient population of eligible candidates, or in conjunction with other professional meetings. Your response to the questionnaire would be very helpful in determining these subsequent sessions.
All selected focus group participants will receive a $15 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation. Light refreshments will be served
In order to be considered for the January focus groups, please complete the brief questionnaire by next Friday, December 12, 2014.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Participation and Confidentiality
Participation in the focus group is voluntary. Data collected and analyzed will result in written reports to be shared with the ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership, the ARL Board, and disseminated in other venues as appropriate. All data collected will be completely confidential and comments will be shared in written reports with no attribution. No identifying information (demographic, professional, or otherwise) will be shared that would link directly to the focus group participant.
Please distribute this announcement as appropriate!
All best to everyone.
Mark A. Puente
Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Hello! The ACRL Residency Interest Group's Web Team is updating the information on our website, and helping to make the website (http://acrl.ala.org/residency/) more robust and useful, particularly for prospective residents.
If you are a former or current librarian-in-residence, or if you are the representative of a residency program, please take a few moments to respond to this form. This form will ask for more information than we currently have on the website, so please fill it out even if you or your program is already listed on the website.
Please forward this to any residents or program coordinators that you might know! Thank you for helping our efforts to have an accurate and helpful website.
Mary Abler, MLIS
Innovation Leadership Resident
The Unexpected Library Project
Dear Diversity Scholars Community,
I am writing to invite you to help shape the future.
As part of the Association’s strategic planning process, we would like to invite you and other ALA members to share your best thinking about what you would like to see happen/accomplished in three priority areas that have been identified as strategic initiatives for the Association over the next 3-5 years. These initiatives are:
- Information Policy
- Professional and Leadership Development.
Over the course of this fall and winter, member groups and individual members will all be invited to discuss three questions that will help shape the vision, goals, objectives, strategies and tactics for each of the three initiative areas over the course of the coming months. For each initiative, the questions are:
- What would success look like?
- How do you think we might get there?
- How might you/your community (division, round table, committee, chapter, affiliate) help us get there?
Three virtual town hall meetings will also be held this fall where members can share their thinking on these questions:
• Advocacy – November 19th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST. Register via this link: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e3jnrhpohj3/event/registration.html
• Information Policy – November 20th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST. Register via this link: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e2kx6wuc09p/event/registration.html
• Professional and Leadership Development – December 11th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST. Register via this link: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e7o6lfj0f30/event/registration.html
Please note that pre-registration is necessary.
As we shape our future direction, we need your best thinking and invite you to actively participate in the forums and strategic planning process. To see the forum discussion guide and feedback forms, find out more about the planning process, the strategic initiatives, or share your individual thoughts on how best to achieve them, just visit http://www.ala.org/aboutala/strategic-planning and join the Community at http://connect.ala.org/strategicplanning .
Looking forward to a stronger Association and a stronger future for libraries,
Courtney L. Young
Art Libraries Society of North America 2015 Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award - apply by Dec. 15.by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm
2015 ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award
The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for the 2015 Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award. The award grants $3000.00 to the selected recipient to support a 150 hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.
The deadline for applications is December 15, 2014.
Who May Apply
This internship aims to represent the multifaceted nature of our field by providing internship opportunities to students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline.
For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website: http://www.arlisna.org/about/awards-honors/68-internship-award
ARLIS/NA Internship Award Sub-Committee
Amy Ballmer (chair)
Assoc. Prof. | Asst. Head of Research & Instructional Services
Gladys Marcus Library | Goodman Resource Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, Room E412
New York, New York 10001
Student Diversity Award to attend the Art Libraries Society of North America Conference - apply by Nov. 30!by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 10:50 am
Student Diversity Award for Conference Attendance
This award was established by Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) to provide funding for a student to attend the ARLIS/NA Conference in Fort Worth Texas, March 19-23: http://arlisna.org/fortworth2015/.
A mentor from the ARLIS/NA Diversity Committee, who will facilitate the recipient's attendance at the Conference, will be assigned to the recipient of the award prior to the Conference.
The recipient will write a brief post-conference report evaluating her/his conference experience for the ARLIS/NA Update Diversity column.
Award Info: $1000
Award may be used for expenses related to attendance at the conference: ARLIS/NA student membership, conference registration, travel, lodging, etc.
To be considered for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled as a graduate student in Library Studies or Information Studies or recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation)
- Be a U.S. resident and a member of a racial/ethnic group as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau: African American/Black; Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native
Be a Canadian resident and of aboriginal identity, as defined in the Canadian Employment Equity Act ("aboriginal peoples" means persons who are Indians, Inuit, or Métis)
Be a Canadian resident and a member of a visible minority, as defined by the Canadian Employment Equity Act (members of "visible minorities" means persons, other than aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour)
- Be interested in career in art librarianship/visual resources
Application Procedures & Deadline: apply online at
Application deadline: November 30, 2014 (11:59pm EST)