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What About Mainstream  Librarians Serving  Diverse Populations?

What About Mainstream Librarians Serving Diverse Populations?



Discusses a research study of librarians serving diverse populations to determine challenges and issues they encounter, as well as their advice of how to be successful.

Discusses a research study of librarians serving diverse populations to determine challenges and issues they encounter, as well as their advice of how to be successful.



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    • What About Mainstream Librarians Serving Diverse Populations? Lori Mestre lmestre@illinois.edu Spectrum of the Future National Diversity In Libraries Joint Conference October, 3, 2008 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Preparation and Training of Librarians to Serve Diverse Populations Getting Started Isolation and Support Issues
    • Surveys • Selected librarians serving diverse populations (45 questions with open ended options) Response rate: 44 out of 123 = 35.7 % • All accredited U.S. Library Schools Response rate: 25 out of 49= 51% Interviews • Interviewed 15 of the librarians from the survey = 27% Web Page Evaluation of 123 ARL Libraries • Reflection of Diversity in Library Mission and Strategic Plans • Time it took to locate diversity at the Library Web Page • Evidence of Diversity Committees
    • Other = mostly biracial Citations from comments made for this slide: American Library Association, "Credentialed Librarians by Type of Employment and Race/Ethnicity, 2001-2004 Average " http://[www.ala.org/ala/ors/diversitycounts/acs2005_aladiversity1.pdf. Saye, Jerry D. and Katherine M. Wisser, Students. (Chicago: Association for Library and Information Science Education, 2003).
    • Where are They?
    • Libraries with Diversity Libraries with a in Mission Statement/ Diversity Committee Strategic Plan Librarian for Time it took to find Multicultural/Diversity/ “diversity” on the library Outreach website (5-15 minutes) Library pages where diversity was not found
    • Suggestions Make diversity/ Help make it clear who multiculturalism visible to contact regarding from your web page. diversity connections • About Pages (diversity mission statements, committee reports) • Directories (staff and subject) • Searches (include relevant diversity metatags) Toronto Public Library
    • http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/multicultural/
    • http://www.library.uiuc.edu/ugl/diversity/
    • http://internal.library.ucsc.edu/comm/lauc/diversity/
    • 14 of 107 78 of 107 New Term? ARL ARL Libraries Libraries Diversity Subject Outreach Librarians Specialists
    • Barrie Public Library, Ontario
    • 36.2% of the 59% felt that the search respondents were the ctte wasn’t necessarily first ones in the looking for anyone with position this type of experience. 39.1% felt they had to try 42.6% felt isolated to fit into the environment.
    • In Percentages
    • In Percentages
    • “Not sure. The position is still being developed and the expectations change with the goals of the library and the university.” “I really was not sure since it hadn’t been done before. “I have been able to make my strong attributes work for this position, but I do wonder if the position had been advertised originally if I would have met all the qualifications.”
    • 87.2% entered library school not thinking about a career in multicultural librarianship
    • From the Librarian Survey
    • In Percentages
    • 45 40.4 40 35 30 25.5 25 20 15 12.8 12.8 10 8.5 5 0 Required Elective Elements in Both required As elective and every course and elements elements in in every course every course
    • Residency Diversity Programs Training Diversity Diversity Outreach Programming Diversity Committee
    • Initiate, coordinate, and Work with diverse expand diversity-related cultures? programs at my library and institution? Gain an entrée as Better prepare all liaison to the various librarians to be diverse populations? culturally competent?
    • Establishing relationships 22% Most Becoming a presence in Other 30% Challenging the library/community Aspect of 17.15% Job Developing an environment that Developing a plan embraces diversity of action 20% 10%
    • Gaining an Entrée 20.5% Socially Accepted Approachability Greatest Challenges Norms 2.3% 15.9% Working with Diverse Cultures Other 18.1% Communication 22.7% Understanding Cultural Nuances 20.5%
    • “It was my first “I created the job and professional position.” had to learn as I went.” “ 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.”
    • http://www.olc.org/diversity/best_prac.html
    • Was there a previous person in this position? 36.2 % NO Yes 58.6 % YES No
    • Find the Stakeholders Get an Introduction Prepare Promotional Materials Become an Ally
    • Did you find it difficult to find relevant examples elsewhere of accomplishments, plans, programs of multicultural/diversity librarians?
    • Relevant caucuses, listservs, committees Conferences that focus on Diversity Library and diversity websites Literature Libraries serving diverse populations Further training and courses
    • Collection Development
    • http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/diversity/Re sources-Info.htm
    • http://html.ulib.csuohio.edu/bookreviews/
    • http://www.ifla.org/VII/s32/index.htm
    • Lincoln Trails Regional Library System http://www.librarydiversity.info/
    • http://www.ala.org/ala/diversity/diversityonline/diversityonline.htm
    • http://carl-acrl.org/ig/dials/
    • http://www.webjunction.org/spanish
    • Diversity Blogs NLA Diversity Committee Blog http://nladiversity.blogspot.com/2005/12/nla- diversity-committee-2006-07.html Diversity@UCONN libraries blog http://ucldiversity.blogspot.com/ Spectrum: New Voices@your library http://blogs.ala.org/spectrum.php Diversity Librarian’s Network http://diversitylibrariansnetwork.blogspot.com/ Illinois Cultural and Racial Diversity Blog http://www.illinoislibrarydiversity.blogspot.com/
    • http://ucldiversity.blogspot.com/
    • http://www.nmrls.org/diversityblog/
    • Diversity Wikis Diversity connects– Colorado Library Diversity Summit Wiki http://diversityconnects.wetpaint.com/?t=anon
    • Diversity Wikis Library Diversity Wiki -ALA http://wikis.ala.org/diversit y/index.php/Main_Page •NMRLS Diversity Services http://nmrls-diversity-services.pbwiki.com/FrontPage?lo=473b13ec
    • Culture Corner The UT Libraries' Culture Corner is sponsored by the Libraries' Diversity Committee and showcases titles from the Libraries' collection related to the many dimensions of diversity. http://www.lib.utk.edu/refs/lifeofthemind/
    • http://www.lib.utk.edu/diversity/activities/outreach/07-08outreach.html
    • Photo Exhibits Competitions Seminars
    • The Library Diversity Committee annually recognizes an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the Library’s Diversity program with the Annual Diversity Award.
    • Design Programs Obtain Library (using a variety of Assess Support methods) Get Examples (best practices, Develop research, Objectives colleagues) Needs Identify Assessment partners (internal and external)
    • Create a Diversity respectful work awareness environment Cross cultural Cultural communication competency and nuances
    • Diversity Should be Reflected and Visible “I was sitting in a meeting and we were talking about putting some photographs up in the room were all the computers are to put some pictures on the wall and 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?” … •Handouts •Web Pages •Images •Resources
    • Lori Mestre lmestre@illinois.edu Support for the research funded by the Research and Publication Committee of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Library. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign