Knowledge River Presentation on Knowldge River Goals

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Presented by KR Program Manager Sandy Littletree

About KR goals, requirements, and what KR scholar program is.

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Knowledge River Presentation on Knowldge River Goals

  1. 1. What is Knowledge River?<br />All you wanted to know about KR but were afraid to ask<br />Presented by Sandy Littletree<br />January 6, 2010<br />Winter IRLS 504<br />
  2. 2. “Knowledge River is the name given to the vision and efforts of the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona to become a national exemplar in LIS education reflecting throughout its teaching, research, and outreach the diversity of communities that libraries in particular, and cultural heritage institutions in general serve--in Arizona and in the nation.”<br />
  3. 3. What do ALL SIRLS students need to know about KR<br />KR is a program within SIRLS<br />Knowledge River Scholars are first and foremost SIRLS students<br />KR’s goals benefit all SIRLS students <br />
  4. 4. Knowledge River Goals<br />Continue diversity as a major goal for SIRLS<br />Recruit an annual cohort of Knowledge River Scholars<br />Achieve sustainability<br />Expand diversity curriculum development<br />Increase emphasis on diverse faculty and diversity research, including connections with relevant campus departments<br />
  5. 5. Goals continued<br />Extend focus on library and community outreach, through service assistantships and other means<br />Increase cultural fluency among all SIRLS constituencies<br />Build upon the cohorts of previous graduates as support for KR students and to further the goals of KR<br />
  6. 6. What do KR Scholars receive?<br />Financial aid<br />Library work experience<br />Cohort support<br />Mentorship<br />Professional development<br />
  7. 7. How does one become a KR Scholar?<br />Meet eligibility requirements<br />Demonstrated knowledge of, experience with, and sensitivity to at least one NA or Hispanic group<br />Complete application process<br />Take IRLS 550 Information Environments from Hispanic and Native American Perspectives in the fall<br />
  8. 8. The Nuts and Bolts of KR<br />Began in 2002<br />Funded by an IMLS Grant (Institute of Museum and Library Services)<br />Partnerships with UA Libraries, Arizona Health Sciences Library, PCPL<br />Currently in our 8th Cohort<br />There are over 100 KR Graduates in the world!<br />
  9. 9. You might be thinking…<br />“I’m not a KR Scholar, so why should I care?”<br />“I’m not a KR Scholar, but I’d like to become one”<br />“I’m not able to participate as a KR Scholar, but I’m interested in diversity issues”<br />
  10. 10. “I’m not a KR Scholar, so why should I care?”<br />You don’t have to care, but…<br />Realize that diversity issues are important to SIRLS, so it’s likely that your instructors are mindful of incorporating diversity into coursework<br />Realize that diversity is important to the profession<br />Realize that many of your classes will have KR Scholars in them <br />
  11. 11. “I’m not a KR Scholar, but I’d like to become one”<br />Do you meet the eligibility requirements?<br />Are you able to take the 550 course in the fall (face to face course here in Tucson)?<br />Are you able to take a GA position here in Tucson?<br />The next cohort of KR students will begin Fall 2010<br />
  12. 12. “I’m not able to participate as a KR Scholar, but I’m interested in diversity issues”<br />Look for KR Events here at SIRLS<br />Get involved with REFORMA, AILA, or other diversity-focused professional associations<br />Apply for the Spectrum Scholarship from ALA<br />Enroll in the IRLS 550 course or other classes offering cultural perspectives<br />
  13. 13. Questions?<br />Sandy Littletree<br />sandy505@email.arizona.edu<br />520-621-5220<br />SIRLS Office, Room #<br />
  14. 14. A History Lesson<br />1970s : : Dr. Arnulfo Trejo developed the Indian Graduate Library Institute<br />1975-1979 : : Graduate Library Institute for Spanish-Speaking Americans (GLISSA)<br />2001 : : Knowledge River Institute<br />2002-present : : Knowledge River at SIRLS<br />

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