Attendees will learn about the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion recommendations in the context of the future of librarianship, the Association, and information services to our communitiess. All library workers will benefit from learning how they can contribute to this important work.
Examining Privilege in Classifications: Connecting Critical Information Literacy to Conversations on ‘Latinx'
The presentation aims to provide the audience with a foundation for creating programming or teaching opportunities that furnish library patrons with a critical understanding of the utility, limits, and hierarchies enacted by classifications—both within and outside library contexts.
Interested in expanding your library’s “reach” into the community, specifically to bring the library to nontraditional library users? In 2015, the St. Charles (IL) Public Library’s (SCPL) Outreach Services team (David Kelsey, Dana Hintz, Lynda Spraner, Christine Steck) decided to transform engagement initiatives to local businesses, by enhancing SCPL’s Literacy Partners program. Literacy Partners feature good-condition and popular withdrawn library books, magazines, and audiovisual materials; patrons can keep materials and do not need to return them.
During this hour-long webinar, special collections librarians that include Spectrum Scholars and members of the RBMS Diversity Committee will speak about different career paths within the rare books, archives, and special collections profession. Each professional will share stories about how they chose their careers and contribute to different facets of the special collections profession, from public services and curating exhibits to collection development and digital initiatives.
Please join ALA’s Committee on Literacy and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services for a webinar on food literacy and access. Though not an exhaustive definition, we can think of food literacy, from the individual to the community level, as knowledge, skills, and behaviors that contribute to well-balanced diets, taking into account structural factors such as access, security, and sustainability.
Participants will be introduced to creative and fun ways to expand and strengthen programming at senior facilities and at the library, especially for patrons living with dementia.
How Cultural Intelligence Makes a Difference in the Information Profession: Are You Culturally Competent?
Cultural intelligence is a person’s capability for successful adaptation to new cultural settings, that is, for unfamiliar settings attributable to cultural context (Earley & Ang). Cultural intelligence is not specific to a particular culture – rather it focuses on the capability to function effectively in culturally diverse situations. This session will discuss an overview of cultural intelligence (CQ) and its application within the information profession; specifically look at its application to change.
Hosting book discussions and/or community conversations can be daunting when we are not equipped to manage certain aspects of a conversation. “How to Talk about Race” is a brief but insightful introduction to moderating discussions relating to race. Conversations about race are deeply personal and can be polarizing; the content we have created serves as a guide to navigate these discussions while maintaining a respectful environment.
The Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Through III, students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship, library mentors practice leadership skills, and host libraries grow new audiences through outreach and programming. Any public library in the U.S. is welcome to apply. Applications for the Summer 2020 cohort will be accepted from January 6–February 3, 2020. Is your library interested in applying to be a part of the 2020 cohort?
Trust and relationship building are at the core of community engagement. Trust in libraries blooms when we bring services outside of the library, build relationships with residents and organizations, and foster change agents by leveraging resident assets. Using a school district partnership, formation of a Latina/o community group, and development of library programming as case studies, the speaker will present strategies to connect your Latina/o communities. Presentation includes challenges, barriers, and successes.