Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community Community
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
Every year, the American Library Association and its member units honor people and institutions through an awards program that recognizes distinguished service to librarians, librarianship, and communities. Join us in honoring a library you work in or use by submitting a nomination for the Excellence in Library Programming Award.
The ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by creating a cultural/thematic program type or program series, presented during the preceding year (September 1 - August 31), that engages the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addresses an identified community need, and has a measurable impact. In recognition that programming is an essential part of service delivery in all types of libraries, school, public, academic, and special libraries are all eligible. The nominated program/series must have been for a public audience. A cultural/thematic program is one that features the humanities, sciences, arts, creative arts, community and civic engagement programs, as well as programs in conjunction with exhibitions, community-wide reading programs, or other community-wide programs.
The award is presented during the ALA President's Program. The ALA Cultural Communities Fund sponsors the award and the $5,000 prize.
The deadline for applying is December 1. The application can be found on the award's homepage: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/ala-excellence-library-programming-award
I am thanking you in advance.
Chair, 2015 ALA Excelling in Programming Award
The application deadline for the ARL Career Enhancement Program has been extended to Monday, November 17, 2014. Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience.
The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.
The ARL Career Enhancement Program has three main components:
Each fellow will have a unique opportunity to work in an ARL member research library for 6–12 weeks to gain both educational and professional experience while enrolled in an MLIS program. Fellows will be assembled in groups of two or three to create a fellowship cohort at each host institution.
The fellows will participate in the annual ARL Leadership Symposium held January 29–February 1, 2015, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. During the symposium, the fellows will explore the major strategic issues facing research libraries today and discuss appropriate strategies for securing a professional position in research libraries upon graduation. The fellows will have an opportunity to meet and network with other ARL diversity programs participants, library leaders, and other MLIS students who attend the annual event.
ARL staff will work with each fellow to help them connect with member libraries and to assist with networking during the job search process.
Eligible applicants for the ARL Career Enhancement Program must:
- Be accepted into an ALA-accredited library and information science program
- Be a member of a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada
- Complete a minimum of 12 graduate-level credits in library and information science prior to beginning the internship
Selection and Institutional Match
The ARL Career Enhancement Program has a unique process for selecting and matching fellows with host institutions. Each host designates a staff member to serve on the coordinating committee. The committee will evaluate the entire applicant pool, select participants, and then enter into dialogue with other coordinators about the institution that is best positioned to create a rewarding internship experience for each fellow. The assignments will be based on the fellows' skills, knowledge, and expectations for the internships, as well as the institutions' ability to create and manage a meaningful experience.
Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time on Monday, November 17, 2014, and should be submitted online.
For more information about the program, the application process, timelines, and host institutions, visit the ARL Career Enhancement Program website - http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment/career-e...
As always, let me know if you have any questions.
Mark A. Puente
Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036
ALA International Mentoring Pilot Program 2014-2015
- Are you interested in serving populations from different regions of the world?
- Are you a subject librarian or would like to be one specializing in geographical regions of the world, multi-ethnic populations?
- Are you interested in learning more about libraries in different regions of the world?
- Are you an early career librarian interested in international librarianship?
- Are you interested in learning more about the work of the ALA International Committees?
If your answer is yes to any of the above, the International Pilot Mentoring Program is for you.
The International Relations Committee and the International Relations Round Table are sponsoring this pilot to:
Provide librarians with resources to help them understand international librarianship.
Provide mentoring related to career development in international librarianship, library services in different regions of the world, and sister libraries among many others.
Connect mentees with experts in one of the following:
- IRC geographical areas committees: Africa, Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia, and Near East and South Asia.
- IRRT Sister Libraries Committee
- IRRT International Exchanges Committee
If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee, please submit a one-page expression of interest by November 15, 2014 to email@example.com. Mentors and mentees will be matched based on the information provided. Up to 25 mentees will be selected for this Pilot. Membership in ALA is required, and IRRT membership is strongly encouraged.
Mentors will be expected to initiate contact with the mentee at the start of the program with an introductory email. At the end of the program, mentors will be asked to give feedback to the Committee to help determine how the program can be improved. Mentors will receive a letter recognizing their service in this program for their files upon request. Members of the IRC and IRRT would be available to work with the mentors as needed.
Mentors will be expected to introduce themselves to mentees initially via email at the start of the program, at which point mentees will respond with an introduction of their own. At the end of the program, mentees will be asked to give feedback to the Committee to help determine how the program can be improved. Mentees will receive a letter recognizing their participation in this program for their files upon request. Members of the IRC and IRRT would be available to work with the mentors as needed.