LIS Cultural Competency Training


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This was the power point from a panel at the Reforma National Conference IV held in Denver, CO (Sept 15-18, 2001). This talk discussed a study to determine trends and practices in LIS training and preparation to become culturally competent. It also discussed the impact for librarians who don't leave Library Schools with a base proficiency.

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LIS Cultural Competency Training

  1. 1. LIS Cultural Competency Training<br />Lori Mestre<br /><br />Reforma National Conference IV<br />Denver, CO<br />September 17, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Issues at Hand<br />Preparation at Library Schools of Librarians to Serve Diverse Populations<br />Training of Librarians to Serve Diverse Populations<br />Impact Once on the Job<br />
  3. 3. Data Gathered<br />
  4. 4. Ethnicity<br />Other = mostly biracial<br />
  5. 5. Current Roles<br />78 of 107 ARL Libraries<br />14 of 107 ARL Libraries<br />New Term?<br />
  6. 6. A Need for All Librarians To Be Culturally Competent<br />
  7. 7. Library School Preparation<br />87.2% entered library school not thinking about a career in multicultural librarianship<br />
  8. 8. Did you intentionally seek a position dedicated to multicultural/diversity services?<br />In Percentages<br />Hiring Data<br />
  9. 9. Diversity Preparation<br />Did your Library School program prepare you to work with multiple constituencies?<br />Library School Data<br />
  10. 10. Did your library school offer a specific course in multicultural librarianship (or something similar)?<br />From the Librarian Survey<br />Library School Data<br />
  11. 11. Courses with Multicultural Components<br />
  12. 12. How Should Multicultural Librarianship be Part of the Curriculum?<br />Library School Data<br />
  13. 13. LibraryStrategies<br />
  14. 14. GettingStarted: How Do I Learn To:<br />Work with diverse cultures?<br />Initiate, coordinate, and expand diversity-related programs at my library and institution?<br />Better prepare all librarians to be culturally competent?<br />Gain an entrée as liaison to the various diverse populations?<br />
  15. 15. Most Challenging Aspect of Job<br />
  16. 16. Greatest<br />Challenges Working with Diverse Cultures<br />
  17. 17. Interview Comments<br />“It was my first professional position.”<br />“I created the job and had to learn as I went.” <br />“ I have been given the opportunity to vision the future of immigrant services for my library system. I do that through a great staff, a working knowledge of the research and best practices nationwide and through knowing and connecting to the community.”<br />
  18. 18. Diversity Training Programs<br />
  19. 19. Training<br />Know your community<br />
  20. 20. Visibility<br />Library patrons…need to see themselves when they walk into the library. They need to see themselves in the displays, collections, websites, and staff, because to see yourself is the first human connection, the first human invitation to become a lifelong user of libraries...*<br /> *<br />
  21. 21. Diversity Should be Reflected and Visible<br />“I was sitting in a meeting and we were talking about putting some photographs up in the room where all the computers are to break it up to beautify the wall. So the person who was doing it said “We’re going to put pictures from the 1920s”. So when they put pictures up there it was only white people and white men in the pictures and I’m like “okay ,am I the only one that sees this question?” …<br /><ul><li>Handouts
  22. 22. Web Pages
  23. 23. Images
  24. 24. Resources</li></li></ul><li>A Need for Us All to Be Culturally Competent<br />Lori Mestre<br /><br />Support for the research funded by the Research and Publication Committee of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. <br />