Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

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NOTE: This past webinar has now been archived. Access to the recording can be purchased; please see How to Register below for more details. The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) continues its quarterly webinar series with a discussion of using the Coretta Scott King Book Awards titles from 1-2p.m. CST on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
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Originally recorded on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, this free, hour-long webinar features Patricia Barch, Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library and Carmen Patlan, Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library, as they discuss tips, tools, resources, and best practices for serving English language learners. Made possible by The American Dream Starts @ your library®, a grant initiative funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Originally recorded on March 21, 2013, this free webinar features Lisa Gieskes, Coordinator of the ALA Social Responsibilities Ronud Table (SRRT) Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force, and Julie Winkelstein, Ph.D., University of Tennessee - Knoxville, who will share the recently launched Office for Literacy and Outreach Services toolkit, Extending Our Reach. This toolkit is designed to help librarians create meaningful library services for people who are experiencing homelessness.
This session highlights a variety of micro-practices that occur when we are deliberate about making diversity a priority within our libraries.
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. The presenters 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.
This session provides advice for working with human resources, including crafting the job description and exploring infrastructure support; working through the recruitment process, including outreach to multicultural groups; and developing institutional and organizational support, such as scholarships, training, mentoring.
Refugees arrive in the United States from all many different countries, bringing diverse backgrounds and experiences, possessing a variety of strengths, and encountering a myriad of challenges as they adjust to their new life in the United States. Join Homa Naficy, Hartford Public Library, Director of Multicultural Services, and Sanja Bebic, Center for Applied Linguistics, Director, Cultural Orientation Resource Center as they lead a discussion on how libraries can help ease the transition of refugees and become a home away from home for new arrivals in your community.
This session discusses the possibilities for a Diversity Committee's impact, from gaining buy-in from the organization leadership, to forming the committee, establishing mission statements and goals, introducing the committee, its mission and goals to the organizational community, and on to planning programs and activities.
This presentation helps diversity advocates utilize the available literature and research to explain why diversity is important for libraries and how it can be an asset for organizational improvement.
The session helps clarify what is meant by diversity, how it is a strategic advantage, and how many different people can contribute to diversity in the workplace.