Category Archives: Diversity

November e-Learning from ACRL

ACRL is offering a variety of webcasts this month to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. These interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

Zotero: Using and Supporting the Bibliographic Power Tool (November 9, 2017): Zotero is a reference manager application for saving and organizing citations and creating bibliographies. It’s free, powerful, easy to use, and suited for researchers from first-year novices to veteran faculty. Learn how it works and how to teach and support it in your library.

Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Academic Librarians in Higher Education (November 15, 2017): Why does a person choose to lead in an environment where she or he is traditionally labeled “the minority”? Examine retention and promotion issues of underrepresented minority academic librarians, and the motivation to lead of those who choose to stay in the profession.

Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework (November 30, 2017): Explore strategies and techniques for teaching people the literacy skills needed to combat fake news. Examine factors, both historic and new, that contribute to the proliferation of fake news and explore connections between information and news literacy skills.

 

ACRL Board of Directors Condemns Racism and Violence in Charlottesville

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Board of Directors unequivocally decries and deplores all racism and racist ideologies and condemns the bigotry, hate, and violence demonstrated this past week by white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville. We stand with our colleagues at the University of Virginia, recognizing that this was not a localized gathering and could happen on any college or university campus. We honor and remember those who were injured or lost their lives in Charlottesville this past weekend.

ACRL is unwavering in its long-standing commitment to free exchange of different viewpoints, but what happened in Charlottesville was not that; instead, it was terrorism masquerading as free expression. ACRL will continue to advocate for and demand diversity, inclusion, equity, and access in our college and university libraries.

We hope that all members of ACRL will join us in reaffirming our commitment to support students, faculty, staff, and the public we serve. We are committed to representing many backgrounds and advocating for social justice on campus and in our communities.

Mountain Plains Library Association Supports ACRL Diversity Alliance

MPLA logoThe Executive Board of the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) has voted to formally support the goals of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. MPLA will encourage academic institutions in its twelve member states (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) to participate in establishing residency programs for professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the library profession.

“Academic librarians play an important role in our MPLA membership, representing over 35% of our membership,” said MPLA President Mickey Coalwell. “This action by the MPLA Executive Board directly supports two of the Guiding Principles from MPLA’s new Strategic Plan- pursuing outreach opportunities in the 12-state MPLA region and realizing the potential or our multi-state collaboration through leadership development, professional growth opportunities for members, and engagement with the larger library community.”

MPLA will pay one-half of the institution’s $500 first-year participation fee, and will pay the cost of MPLA membership for the duration of the chosen candidate’s residency at the institution.

The Arizona State University Library recently became the first MPLA member institution to sign on for the MPLA/ACRL Diversity Alliance partnership.

More information about the ACRL Diversity Alliance, including a list of participating institutions, is available on the ACRL website. Learn more about MPLA on the association website.

 

ALA Seeks Proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grants Through April 15

ODLOS diversity grant logoThe ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science.

The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017.

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and select up to three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference. Researchers are invited to present interim findings at the News You Can Use Diversity Research Grant Update held each ALA Midwinter Meeting and are asked to publish findings in a publication of their choosing within one year of completing their project.

Proposals are currently being accepted for one year research projects that will be undertaken July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Grants should not be sought for work leading toward the completion of a degree, thesis or dissertation. A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, a one-page vita for each of the researchers involved (including ALA membership number, the Principle Investigator should hold ALA membership), a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, and a budget plan and timeline on the provided template.

For a complete list of criteria and proposal instructions, please visit the ALA website.

For more information or to inquire about possible research topics, please email diversity@ala.org or call (800) 545-2433 ext. 5048.

ACRL Diversity Alliance Launches

diversity alliance-logoACRL is pleased to announce the launch of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., the ACRL Diversity Alliance program unites academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

By thinking bigger and broader, across all academic libraries, the alliance will introduce and welcome to the job market underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with work experiences that advance academic/research libraries. The commitment of each library leader to create one or more resident positions will increase the numbers of opportunities for professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies to thrive in an academic context.

“Diversity is a core organizational value in ACRL’s Plan for Excellence,” said ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. “This initiative aligns with the new goal area of New Roles and Changing Landscapes and the goal area of Value of Academic Libraries objective to support libraries in advancing issues of equity, access, diversity, and inclusion. With the launch of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, we put further work into action to advance our goals.”

Participation in the ACRL Diversity Alliance requires a deep commitment on the part of library leaders to open doors, share their networks, and connect people at conferences, to facilitate deeper understanding of the profession and prepare them for participating in wider higher education community and for success in scholarship and professional service and leadership. In addition to the network of library leaders, residents will have access to a cohort/network that allows for sharing of ideas, resources, and best practices.

“This Alliance creates a national effort to measurably impact the diversity of all academic and college library organizations,” added Jon Cawthorne, chair of the ACRL Diversity Alliance Task Force and dean of libraries at West Virginia University. “I am grateful to the ACRL Board, my colleagues, and library leaders across the country for their commitment, involvement, and support for the Alliance. Now the work begins!”

The ACRL Diversity Alliance grew out of an initiative led by founding members American University, the University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University.

Complete details on the ACRL Diversity Alliance, including information on how libraries may join the alliance, are available on the ACRL website.

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