Friday, August 22, 2014

Join Us for the Diversitea at ILA on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MC900303663[1] JOIN US FOR THE DIVERSITEA
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
4:15-5:30 pm
  
Dr. Wesley G. McNeese, M.D., author
Cultural Awareness in Libraries
An Illinois Library Association Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee presentation
Join the ILA Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee for tea!  Over delectable refreshments, Wesley McNeese, M.D., author of “South End Sunday Dawning: Come Rain, or Come Shine” and the executive assistant Dean for Diversity at SIU School of Medicine will review his novel that takes its readers to East St. Louis, Illinois during pre–civil rights days, and a discussion on how libraries can kick start creativity, connections in cultural and ethnic communities.
Vandella Brown, Diversity Program Manager, Illinois State Library, will moderate this program.
What you’ll learn:
To serve immigrant populations
To plan and organize programs and activities for diverse populations
To demonstrate library leadership in diversity
Win a diversity teapot or cultural heritage prize!

Friday, February 7, 2014

CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING 2014
                                               

THE ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY

Diversity Program
Presents
“Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community”

DATE:  April 11, 2014

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
PLACE:  KANKAKEE PUBLIC LIBRARY
201 E. Merchant St, Kankakee, IL, 815-939-4564
Registration is Free at L2: www.Librarylearning.info
Note:  Please plan to bring or to purchase your lunch.

PRESENTERS:
Ms. Vandella Brown, Manager, Illinois State Library Diversity Program
Mr. Dennis Rios, Spanish Content/Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Legal Aid Online
Ms. Fabiana Lopez, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Kankakee Public Library
Ms. Amelia Toronjo, Hispanic Youth Services Outreach, Kankakee Public Library
REGISTRATIONNo Fee—Register at:  www.Librarylearning.info

DESCRIPTION


This workshop is for all library staff. Participants will:

  • Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions.
 
  • Learn the differences and strengths in communication styles of the Spanish speaking community. Learn how to build strong community partnerships and collaborate with the Spanish speaking community to increase their access to public library computers and resources.


  • Listen to speakers from the Hispanic culture/community and their resources to the Spanish-speaking community. Develop an action plan for reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


DiversiTEA Speaker 2013

 JOIN US FOR THE DIVERSITEA

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

3:30-5:00 pm

  Jeff Libman, author

DiversiTEA! Igniting Cultural Awareness in Libraries

An Illinois Library Association Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee presentation

Join the ILA Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee for tea!  Over delectable refreshments, Jeff Libman, author of An Immigrant Class: Oral Histories from Chicago’s Newest Immigrants, will talk about the emotional, physical and psychological challenges immigrants face when moving to a new place and followed by a discussion on how libraries can become a place where diverse cultures can ignite to face the challenges. To register and details at: http://www.ila.org/Annual%20Conference/2013/ILA_Conf_Preview_2013.pdf

What you’ll learn:

To serve immigrant populations

To plan and organize programs and activities for diverse populations

To demonstrate library leadership in diversity

Win a diversity teapot or cultural heritage prize!

 

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Libraries Are “Sacred Places” Says Author Stuart Dybek at Polish American Librarians Open House


More than 85 librarians and library supporters, some from as far away as Texas and Florida, gathered at the Polish Museum of America (PMA) in Chicago February 24 for an afternoon of networking, brainstorming, and programs. Keynote speaker Stuart Dybek, award-winning Polish American author and poet, provided the highpoint of the proceedings with stories about his reverence for libraries, calling them "sacred places" that are at the center of a writer's life. "My library card was like a passport that could be stamped over and over again on my journey to becoming a Polish-American," he said.

 Katie Clausen, library school student from Dominican University, received the 2013 Vera May Barnes Zubrzycki Scholarship (read more at Dominican University website), and her heartfelt acceptance demonstrated why she was chosen, as she spoke about cultural diversity in libraries. Susan Roman, dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican, and Michael Zubrzycki, scholarship donor for whose mother it is named, were on hand to present the award of $2,300.

Project coordinator Barbara Bilszta spoke about "All of Polonia Reads to Kids" and screened a film showing how well the reading initiative has taken off in Poland, and she urged Polish American librarians to participate. Following her talk, the young people of the Academy of Music of Paderewski Symphony Orchestra and Little Stars entertained with lively performances of classical and popular tunes.

 PALA president Elizabeth Marszalik and PMA president Maria Ciesla welcomed the group, and Konrad Zielinski from the Polish Consulate in Chicago said he looked forward to working with PALA on future projects. PALA board member Leonard Kniffel talked about PALA's connection to the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, which was launched in 2012. Malgorzata Kot, PMA head librarian, served as emcee and conducted a tour of the museum library, one of the largest of its kind in the world, following the program.

Watch a video of Stuart Dybek’s presentation on the PALA website or YouTube.

The mission of the Polish American Librarians Association is to positively impact services provided to library patrons of Polish descent and individuals interested in Polish culture and to enhance professional knowledge by developing forums for discussion and networks of communication among library staff. Annual membership dues for librarians are $25. Library support staff, students, retirees, and unemployed library workers are eligible for a $15 special rate. 
Visit www.palalib.org for more details.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING 2013
THE ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY
Diversity Program Presents
“Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community”

DATE:    April 11, 2013


TIME:    10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

PLACE:  Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District

19901 Stoney Island Ave, Lynwood, IL

708-758-0090

Registration is Free at L2: www.Librarylearning.info

Note:  Please bring your lunch or be prepared to order pizza.

PRESENTERS:    

Ms. Vandella Brown, Manager, Illinois State Library Diversity Program

Mr. Jay Newman Hidalgo, MA. PSA

Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Accessibility and Customer Support

Mr. Dennis Rios, Spanish Content/Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Legal Aid Online

REGISTRATION:  No Fee—Register at:  www.Librarylearning.info

DESCRIPTION

This workshop is for all library staff. Participants will:

  • Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions.

  • Learn the differences and strengths in communication styles of the Spanish speaking community. Learn how to build strong community partnerships and collaborate with the Spanish speaking community to increase their access to public library computers and resources.

  • Listen to speakers from the Hispanic culture/community and their resources to the Spanish-speaking community. Develop an action plan for reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community.
Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian

Thursday, September 27, 2012

PALA Monthly Meeting ,Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012




Celebrate Polish American Heritage Month
 with the Polish American Librarians Association



Are you curious about Polish and Polish American culture or library collections that serve patrons with these interests? Do you want to participate in a network of Polish American librarians from Illinois and thirteen other states?

Attend our next meeting, which will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Polish Museum of America (984 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Chicago, IL 60642 www.polishmuseumofamerica.org ). 

Meeting agenda includes:

·       All of Poland/Polonia Reads to Kids
·       Polish language collection development resources
·       Polish language/themed book/music/movie-sharing (share your recommendations to read/listen/view)
·       PALA newsletter and website
·       Professional networking

Join us and become a PALA active member. Annual membership dues for librarians are $25. Library support staff, students, retirees, and others are eligible for a $15 special rate.
 About the Polish American Librarians Association – PALA Founded in 2010 in order to positively impact services provided to library patrons of Polish descent and individuals interested in Polish culture. The organization is a non-profit funded by membership dues. For more information and helpful resources please visit www.palalib.org or email president@palalib.org



Monday, September 24, 2012

Sylvia Murphy Williams Scholarship Fund Recipients


Sylvia Murphy Williams
Scholarship Fund
http://www.ila.org/Reporter/October_2012/2012-Williams-Winner.pdf

Six individuals were selected as this year’s recipients of the Sylvia Murphy Williams Scholarship
Fund. All are Illinois recipients of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship.

Anthony Bishop
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate degree: Chicago State University,
Professional and Technical Writing, 2008
Current institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Library and Information Science is a calling for me. A degree in
this field will be the culmination of my passions. A librarian is
one of the most important pillars to academic institutions, and
my experience working with the diverse student body at
Chicago State University as a library assistant has reaffirmed the
field of library science as the right field for my skill set. As an
African-American male, I believe I can contribute to the field by
reaching across racial and cultural lines and inspiring young
minorities to pursue a career in libraries. Being selected as a
Spectrum Scholar and participating in the Spectrum Leadership
Institute will provide me the resources and peer support to help
me successfully navigate through the challenges I will undoubtedly
face in the degree process. 

Liza Booker
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
English and Creative Writing, 2011
Current institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
As a child, I always viewed librarians as the gatekeepers of
information because on the south side of Chicago, the place
that everyone went to gain knowledge outside of school was
the library. I visualize countless opportunities with a career
in library and information science because anyone can transfer
their passions into research. I have always seen myself being
a part of the library community and having a career in library
and information science because I have a passion for exploring
how librarians research and organize information. Being a part
of LIS will allow me to give back to the community in the same
way the library gave to me when I was younger. I want others to
be able to join in on the admiration for the library and
information science field. As a Spectrum Scholar, I will be able
to improve my contributions to diverse library communities by
studying to advance my knowledge of library and information
science material so that I can continuously work on my goal
to create more diversity in library communities among users
Christina Nhek
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Undergraduate degree: California State University, Long Beach,
Art History, 2010
Current institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I currently live in Long Beach and consider myself fortunate
because Long Beach is home to the largest Cambodian
community in the U.S. One of the reasons I want to pursue a
degree in the library science field is to promote the importance
of Khmer cultural awareness within the community. I also want
to build relationships between older and younger Khmer
generations. There is a great need to bridge the cultural gap
between the two groups. With the history of war and
psychological trauma, it is difficult for the older generation to
relate their lives to the younger people. Unlike other established
ethnic groups, there is little emotional and economic support
within the Cambodian community. By pursuing this field, I
would learn how to manage data collections and help establish
connections within the Cambodian community. Being
a Spectrum Scholar will allow me to pursue these goals.
I always knew that I wanted to work with collecting research
and archives. I have come to realize that it is more than my
passion to collect materials; rather, it is the need for heritage
preservation. I have encountered road blocks and some detours
along my path. However, in the process, I have
accumulated valuable experiences and knowledge. I know that
my past can be used to prepare hope for the future. 

Thomas Padilla
Hometown: Fremont, California
Undergraduate degree: San Francisco State University,
History, 2007
Graduate Degree: San Francisco State University, History, 2012
Current institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Of Mexican-American descent, raised by a single parent,
and surrounded by the culture of a family supported by the
automobile industry, access to information has been crucial
to my development as an individual. With the realization that
knowledge storage and transmittal has shifted definitively from
the analog to the digital form, I have come to realize that access
to information for future generations is in danger. Becoming
a Spectrum Scholar and joining the Spectrum Leadership
Institute will allow me to connect with other individuals
interested in ensuring that those who are either marginalized
or left out by virtue of race or place in the global order benefit
from our work in digital preservation. 

Charlotte Roh
Hometown: Fullerton, California
Undergraduate degree: Johns Hopkins University, English with
a History of Art Minor, 2002
Current institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
One of my goals in pursuing a degree in library and information
science is to gain a better understanding of how to better use
and apply technology as more and more schools, corporations,
and casual consumers move to rely on digital platforms for
education and recreation.
Additionally, I have always been involved in nonprofit and
volunteer work and my growing awareness of the issues
surrounding ethnic minorities in the United States has fostered
in me a need for dialogue and community. I am excited and
thankful to be a recipient of the Spectrum Scholarship and the
Sylvia Murphy Williams Fund so that I can engage in this
conversation within a library context.
I have a personal investment in the changing face of information
— in research, education, and engagement with the community.
Understanding and bettering the use of information as it
pertains to my interests, the needs of others, and the
socioeconomic boundaries we currently face is a challenge
that I look forward to in these rapidly changing times. 

Jose Miguel Ruiz
Hometown: DeKalb, Illinois
Undergraduate degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Landscape Architecture, 2011
Current institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I began working at the DeKalb Public Library when I was
fifteen years old. My experiences working with a diverse set
of individuals including librarians, library support staff, and
the public were both fulfilling and rewarding, which in turn
promoted my interest within the field. I believe that it is a very
fascinating time to be a librarian, and the opportunity to be
a mover and shaker in the library profession promoting the
values of diversity provides one of many goals as I pursue my
professional aspirations.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

JOIN US FOR THE DIVERSITEA at the Illinois Library Association Conference



 DiversiTEA! Bouncing Higher on the Topic of Racial Diversity
 Wednesday, October 10 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Join the ILA Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee for tea! Over delectable refreshments, Tema Okun, author of The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching about Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know, discusses how people – leaders, activists, facilitators and citizens – can work together to move from a culture of privilege, profit, individualism, and fear to reaching higher to a shared community.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Teapot Raffle


This beautiful teapot will be one of the raffle prizes at the DiversiTea!, during the ILA conference.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

For Love of Liberty

On Wednesday, October 19th, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Frank Martin, Director of For Love of Liberty will be our guest speaker at the ILA Conference. Do not miss this opportunity to hear about our fellow Americans serving their country, with stories that should not be overlooked, ignored, or forgotten in the history books. Register now at the ILA's Website for the DiversiTea! event.

Visit the For Love of Liberty Website.

Courthouse News Service: Black Student Can't Be Valedictorian

Courthouse News Service

Sunday, July 24, 2011

2011 DiversiTea!!


You are invited to the DiversiTEA, Wednesday, October 19, 2011!

Feature Speaker: Frank Martin, Film Producer
October 19, 2011, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Place: Donald E. Stephen Convention Center in Rosemont, IL

DiversiTEA! Diversity Bold, Brilliant, Brave! & Annual Tea Pot Raffle benefiting the Sylvia Murphy Williams’ Scholarship Fund

Over delectable desserts, pastries, seasonal fruits, coffee and tea, Frank Martin, producer and director of For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, will show clips from the film and discuss his high-definition PBS miniseries.

Moderator: Vandella Brown, Illinois State Library
Sponsor: ILA Cultural and Racial Diversity Committe

Tickets: Register for the Annual Illinois Library Association Conference (October 18-20, 2011)

For more information visit: http://www.ila.org/conference-and-events/2011-annual-conference
or http://www.ila.org/epub/2011/preliminary/#/1/

My Fellow American Website

Elizabeth Potter of the Unity Productions Foundations contacted me to provide information about the My Fellow American Website, and the video which shows that Muslims are a part of America. The Website can be found here:

http://myfellowamerican.us/

The video is here:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

News from Chicago Area Archivists Listserv

From the Chicago Area Archivists listserv:

"Dear CAA Colleagues,

I am delighted to inform you that the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded a two-year “Hidden Collections” grant in the amount of $499,500 to the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) for our "Color Curtain" Processing Project: Unveiling the Archives of Chicago's Black Metropolis”.

The generosity of CLIR will enable the BMRC to process over 10,000 linear feet of its members' primary resource collections related to African American History, create EAD finding aids, and formally introduce undergraduate students into the archival profession.

Through this award, the BMRC seeks to expand intellectual control and arrangement of unprocessed collections discovered during our Andrew W. Mellon funded three-year (2009-2011) BMRC Survey Initiative. We will go beyond surveying by arranging & cataloging primary resources related to Chicago’s African American heritage. As this work is completed, a further objective of the “Color Curtain Project “ is to structure a comprehensive recruitment tool for the archival profession. Undergraduate students seeking careers in history and archival science will gain experience working in special collections repositories while processing African American related collections.

The BMRC extends its gratitude to CLIR for granting us with this generous award, which will significantly advance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.

About the BMRC

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) is an unincorporated Chicago-based association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions with major holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago. The University of Chicago serves as Host Institution of the BMRC.

BMRC Members

1. Chicago History Museum

2. Chicago Public Library System

3. Chicago State University

4. Columbia College Chicago

5. Columbia Center for Black Music Research

6. Dominican University

7. DuSable Museum of African American History

8. Illinois Institute of Technology

9. Kennedy King College

10. Loyola University Chicago

11. Northwestern University

12. Roosevelt University

13. University of Chicago

14. University of Illinois-Chicago

Mission Statement

The BMRC is dedicated to making broadly accessible its members' holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago.

Best,

*************************************

Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty
Consulting Archivist
Black Metropolis Research Consortium
University of Chicago
5720 S. Woodlawn Ave., Room 210
Chicago, IL 60637

Research Web Site on Mayor Harold Washington

"Black Research Site on First Black Mayor of Chicago"

http://eblackchicago.org/HAROLD/

Haki R. Madhubuti Reads from His Poetry

Haki R. Madhubuti, founder of Third World Press, reads a passage from his poetry at the annual DiversiTea! event held at the Illinois Library Association fall 2010 conference, organized by the Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee. You may need to turn up your volume.




Sunday, March 7, 2010

Honored Latinas

Thanks to JoAnn Armenta for sending this link in honor of Women's History Month!

http://www.nwhp.org/resourcecenter/honoredlatinas.php

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bollywood Movie



I do not know how soon this movie will be on DVD for your library to purchase. There are already reviews out on Amazon.com, even before there is a release date for the DVD.

I went to college with the writer, Shibani Bathija. It is in English, Hindi, and Urdu with subtitles. Subhash K. Jha is the Bollywood expert reviewer, please see: http://www.bollyspice.com/view.php/4386-my-name-is-khan-is-a-flawless-work-subhash-k-jha.html to decide if this DVD, when it comes out, is appropriate for your collection.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tentative Speaker for Annual DiversiTea!

The Illinois Library Association's annual conference will return to Navy Pier for September of 2010. We have a tentative speaker for the Annual DiversiTea! event.


DiversiTea!
September 29, 2010
3:00-4:30 p.m.

DiversiTEA! Diversity “Out Loud” In Libraries & Annual Tea Pot Raffle benefiting the Sylvia Murphy Williams’ Scholarship Fund

Over delectable chocolates, seasonal fruits, coffee and tea, Haki Madhubuti, founder of Third World Press, poet, publisher, editor and educator, speaks out loud. Dr. Madhubuti has been a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition, emerging from the Civil Rights and Black Arts era of the 60s and continuing to the present. Over the years, he has published more than 28 books (some under his former name, Don L. Lee) and he is one of the world's best-selling authors of poetry and non-fiction. His works includes Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous?: The African American Family in Transition (1990), Don't Cry, Scream! (1969), GroundWork: New and Selected Poems 1966-1996 (1996), HeartLove: Wedding and Love Poems (1998), Tough Notes: A Healing Call For Creating Exceptional Black Men (2002), and Run Toward Fear (2004). His latest release is YellowBlack: The First Twenty One Years of a Poet's Life (2006).

Moderator: Vandella Brown, Illinois State Library

Sponsor: ILA Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee