This month (July 2009) started with a couple of changes in my “regular” DiVeRsItY world.
First, for two years I served as a member of the Library Diversity Cluster, now I’ve been asked to coordinate it. In a recent meeting with our new members, we’ve agreed to explore other types of events to promote “diversity” among library staff as well as continue with some of the on going events -film screening & discussion and the African American Read-In.
Second, on July 8-10 I attended the 2009 Spectrum Institute sponsored by the ALA-Diversity Office. It was a great opportunity to:
- see -again- some former classmates, meet new people, and especially hear/talk/learn about successful diversity initiatives in the field of librarianship
- expand an early idea of a research project “accessibility/usability of unique collections for users with physical disabilities”
- meet with a couple of leaders of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) and the International Relations Round Table (IRRT)
…and speaking of diversity, here are some examples of how this topic has been part of my work in the last few months:
- Freedom Summer, a new collection -grant funded- which aims to give scholars and students better access to materials about the civil rights movement of 1964.
- Shakespeare collection, one of the most unique/diverse/popular collection, visitors are coming from all over the world -http://digital.lib.muohio.edu/shakespeare/
- Library Resources, I used to maintain a list of diversity-related resources on the cluster website, but now we’re planning to move it to a more robust system (libguides)
- Library service, I’m co-leading a website team for the Freedom Summer National Conference to be held at Miami University in October 2009.
- Volunteer work, in my spare time I’ve been working on a couple of flashcard projects for kids in elementary schools in rural Guatemala.
Anyhow, I enjoy working with the people and being -direct or indirectly- part of these diversity initiatives …look forward to keeping in touch with everyone!