Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community Community
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: email@example.com< href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com> 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.
Call for Papers
Trends Impacting Young Adult Services: A Paper Presentation Sponsored by YALSA Past Presidents
The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation is an annual event sponsored by past presidents of YALSA. Its purpose is to provide a venue for educators, librarians, students, and others interested in young adult librarianship to gather and explore a topic of current interest that impacts the field. The YALSA Midwinter Paper Committee will select one paper to be delivered at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting. The paper will be published in YALSA's peer-reviewed Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults after the conference. For more information about the journal, visit http://yalsa.ala.org/jrlya.
The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee is seeking proposals for papers presenting points of view based on current research and relating either to topics covered in YALSA's Future of Library Services for and with Teens Report ((http://www.ala.org/yaforum/sites/ala.org.yaforum/files/content/YALSA_nationalforum_final.pdf) or Research Agenda (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/guidelines/research/researchagenda). The agenda includes four priority areas:
Priority Area 1: Impact of Libraries on Young Adults
Priority Area 2: Young Adult Reading and Resources
Priority Area 3: Information Seeking Behaviors and Needs of Young Adults
Priority Area 4: Informal and Formal Learning Environments and Young Adults
To provide a venue for educators, librarians, students, and others interested in young adult librarianship an opportunity to gather and explore a topic of current interest that impacts the field.
Please use the official application form (http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/5yB7V3839o2Iqaj).
Paper proposals are due no later than June 1, 2015.
Only previously unpublished papers will be accepted.
The winner will be selected, and all applicants will be notified by September 1, 2015.
All paper presenters must register for the Midwinter Meeting by December 1, 2015.
For questions, email the Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Statement on Eligibility
Any individual from within or without of the library community is welcome to submit an application. Membership in ALA/YALSA is not required.
Colleagues - join us in spreading the word about this upcoming ALA webinar, and please forgive cross-posting!
Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to members of marginalized groups, and they can negatively affect an organization's culture. Experiences of microaggressions can lead individuals to feel increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, which may result in their physical or psychological departures from their organizations.
This webinar, jointly sponsored by and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the ALA Office for Diversity, will define microaggressions, cover racial microaggressions and microaggressions toward LGBT people, and discuss how this affects librarians and the potential implications for the future of the profession.
Join us on March 18, 2015 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM Eastern | 1:30-3:00 PM Central | 12:30 - 2:00 PM Mountain |11:30 - 1:00 PM Pacific
- LLAMA or ALA member $49
- Non-LLAMA or ALA member $59
- LLAMA/ALA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199
- Non-member group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239
Register online or by mail, instructions at http://www.ala.org/onlinelearning/racial-and-lgbt-microaggressions-introduction-library-leaders
Can’t attend the live event? No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.
Jaena Alabi is a reference librarian at Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library, where she serves as liaison to the English and psychology departments. She earned an MA in English in 2005 and an MLIS in 2006, both from the University of Alabama. Her research currently focuses on diversity in the profession, specifically the role of racial microaggressions in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of academic librarians of color.
Alanna Aiko Moore is the Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Gender Studies Librarian at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She joined UCSD after completing her MLIS in 2003, and worked as a non-profit administrator and community organizer prior to entering the library profession. Alanna is the Chair of the ALA Council Committee on Diversity, an active APALA member, and served as the Program Chair for the 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. She is a 2003 Spectrum Scholar and has chaired the Spectrum Scholar Interest Group and the Spectrum Leadership Institute. She is a board member of UCSD’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center and a fellow in the Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program. Alanna has published articles and book chapters and presented at national conferences on topics such as mentoring for librarians of color, recruitment and retention, and cultural diversity.
For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland at email@example.com.
Questions regarding registration should be directed to ALA’s Membership and Customer Service department at 1-800-545-2433 x5.
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: