[Libs-Or] diversity preconference at ALA
wyma at newportlibrary.org
Thu Apr 29 11:35:52 PDT 2004
Invitation to ALA Diversity Institute and Dinner honoring EJ Josey
( Annual Meeting Pre-conference, Orlando FL, June
By the year 2050 Demographers predict that sharp population increases
among African-Americans, Asian Pacific-Islanders, Latinos and
Native-Americans will result in a society more racially, ethnically,
linguistically diverse than ever before. If libraries are to remain
relevant, exceed existing capacities, predict and provide new service
areas, they must work to build core competencies reflective of the
of our shifting demographics.
As part of its commitment to provide learning and leadership
opportunities to library practitioners and educators, the Office for
Diversity offers its first Diversity Leadership Institute: "Put
Diversity into Action @ Your Library" on June 24 and 25, 2004 as an
ALA Annual Pre-Conference program in Orlando, Fl. This one and a half
day institute examines the concepts of diversity and leadership and
provides attendees with hands-on techniques and resources to assist in
furthering diversity leadership initiatives in their libraries.
Diversity experts and leaders in the profession such as Dr. Charles V.
Willie, Lynn Evarts, Camille Hazeur, and Dr. George Henderson will
the dialogue beyond basic diversity training to expose participants to
the issues that affect everyday practice. Content covered in scheduled
sessions will include:
-Understanding and using thinking style differences
-Exploration of personal histories, experiences and familial
-Recognizing and adapting attitudes concerning race and
-Charting Your Leadership Potential
A special feature of the Institute will be a dinner honoring Dr. E.J.
Josey on June 24, 2004. Dr. Josey has spent nearly 50 years advocating
and agitating for diversity for the profession of library and
information science. He is currently professor emeritus, University of
Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences. The author of more than
books and articles, he was recently awarded Honorary Membership to ALA.
Dr. Josey will reflect on his life as one of the profession's most
As one of the few national continuing education opportunities for
library professionals seeking to expand diversity leadership skills,
this Institute promises to be a valuable professional development
Librarians, library staff, human resources professionals, library and
information science educators and students, and library trustees will
all benefit from insightful discussion and demonstration. As we
to continue to make libraries relevant to and representative of the
communities we serve, investing in diversity leadership is one of the
best investments libraries can make.
Online registration can be completed on the ALA
Annual Conference Registration page at www.ala.org. Feel free to share
information about the Diversity Leadership Institute with others in
library or institution and to contact me with any questions you may
about the 2004 Diversity Leadership Institute.
The program is sponsored by the Office for Diversity, with Tracie Hall
as the Executive Director. Please contact her for more information
directly. Her info is below this message.
Tracie D. Hall
Director, Office for Diversity and the Spectrum Initiative
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433 ext. 5020
email thall at ala.org
See you in Orlando at Conference!
Deputy Director of Library Services
Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library
605 N. El Dorado Street
Stockton, CA 95202
patty.wong at ci.stockton.ca.us
(209) 937-8683 fax
>>> "Wyma Rogers" <wyma at newportlibrary.org> 4/27/2004 11:31:24 AM >>>
I appreciate John Berry's and Jonathon Betz-Zall's comments, and
the list from John Berry that showed me how privileged I am.
In Oregon our Association conference theme two weeks ago was
Window Dressing." We had excellent speakers who opened our eyes to how
it is to delude yourself and your organization into thinking you are
I attended a pre-conference seminar put on by the Intercultural
Communication Institute in Portland. Perhaps such seminars have been
offered at ALA and I hadn't noticed. One of the problems is that
like me may think we don't need any more diversity training - that
pretty sure we're among those who get it.
Actually, I'm no longer sure that I'll ever get it. But I am convinced
being conscious of cultural differences and changing our behavior in
interactions can be helpful.
Oregon Chapter Councilor
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