Saturday, December 29, 2007

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service



The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on January 21, 2008 can become a day of service for you, your library, or your local community. To find out more about it, please go to the U.S. Government's Web site about it at: http://www.mlkday.gov/. There are plenty of resources, descriptions of projects, and links for opportunities to volunteer in local areas.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Diversity Resources

There are some books listed at the bottom of this page. Please feel free to submit titles to add to the recommended resources and/or submitting reviews or descriptions those resources.

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2.) Just write what you would like posted with a subject line and e-mail it to: kayshelton(at)hotmail.com and I should be able to post it for you.

Of course, anyone can post comments to posts.

Wanted: Comments on Camile Alire and Jacqueline Ayala's Serving Latino Communites: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be the featured speaker at the ALA Midwinter Conference in January of 2008. Wanted: Comments on any of the books he wrote. Wanted: Comments on whatever he discusses at the ALA Midwinter for those of us who cannot go.

Wanted: Comments on any of the chapters in "Diversity Now" edited by Teresa Y. Neely and Kuang-Hwei (Janet) Lee-Smeltzer

When the Shark and the Fish First Met, a story of tolerance written by an Israeli boy, who grew up and is currently held captive. Click the link to read about Gilad Schalit and his story of tolerance here: http://habanim.org/en/gilad_story_en.html

Funding Your Education in Library Science

Money should not be a barrier for you to follow your dreams. College is an investment for your future. There are resources available for students at any level to find financial help. Besides the financial aid process completed through the college of your choice, there are scholarships available:

Spectrum Scholarship: This is the American Library Association's (ALA) scholarship for ". . . students from under-represented groups American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students." The scholarship is for students attending an eligible university offering a master's degree in library science or for students enrolled in school library media programs for K-12 schools. There is now a program for doctorate students, too.

In Illinois, winners of the Spectrum Scholarship become eligible to receive a scholarship award through the Sylvia Murphy Williams Fund. There is no separate application process for the award. For more information on the Fund, please visit the Illinois Library Association Web site.

The ALA also offers a variety of research grants.

For students interested in a career in archives, the Midwest Archives Conferences offers the Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students. Please visit their Web site for more information.

For those interested in academic libraries, there is a Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program.

For general scholarships, try the FastWeb scholarship search database. It is possible to set up an educational profile based on interests and receive e-mail messages when new scholarships become available.

A good time to begin looking for scholarships is one year before starting a new educational program. Scholarship deadlines vary and you will not want to miss out!

A good time to apply for financial aid through the school of your choice is February, seven months before classes start in the fall. That means not waiting until midnight of April 17th to file income taxes! February is much different than the deadlines listed on the Department of Education Web site. You will want financial aid ready when classes start. There is an online Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA) to complete and check with the Financial Aid Office of the school of your choice to find out what they require for financial aid.

Recent Articles on Diversity

Kim, Kyung-Sun, Ming-Hsin Chu, Sei Ching Joanna Sin, and Louise Robbins. (2007). "Recruiting a Diverse Workforce for Academic/Research Librarianship: Career Decisions of Subject Specialists and Librarians of Color." College & Research Libraries. Nov. 2007, Vol. 68, No. 6. pp. 533-552.

Neely, Teresa Y. and Lorna Peters. (2007). "Achieving racial and ethnic diversity among academic and research librarians: The recruitment, retention, and advancement of librarians of color--A white paper. College & Research Libraries News. Oct. 2007, Vol. 68, No. 9. pp. 562-565. Available online.

Full 37-page White Paper as a PDF available online.

Summary of the ACRL White Paper prepared by Dr. Julie Beth Todaro, President of ACRL called "Culture Keepers VI: Preserving the Past, Sustaining the Future" as a PDF available online

Resources on Leadership

Please suggest titles for the list at the bottom of the page and please feel free to submit your own reviews and/or descriptive summaries!

Maxwell, John C. (1999). The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc. ISBN 0-7852-7440-5. $17.99.

Committed and effective leadership will help create more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse libraries and communities. This book by Maxwell does not address diversity specifically but it is one of the best short guides on the market toward developing effective leadership. Unlike other books focusing on workplace negativity and how to deal with it his approach and the tone of his writing are positive and nurturing. For each of the twenty-one characteristics Maxwell enumerates, he presents snippets of real-world problems, the solutions, and the process by which the well-known leaders employed to solve those problems. Each chapter contains the same subheading structure and is concise. Readers could finish this book in a couple of hours and make a quick reference list of the twenty-one qualities as a reminder. One major drawback is there is no bibliography for this short guide.

Maxwell authored over two dozen books on leadership and developed multi-media materials for training. This book could serve as a stand-alone resource for people completely unfamiliar with leadership principles and crushed for time or as an introduction to Maxwell’s work.

--Kay Shelton

ALA Spanish Language Resources Discussion

Two librarians wrote differing opinions in the November 2007 issue of “American Libraries” on whether or not libraries should purchase materials in Spanish for patrons. Todd Douglas Quesada wrote “Spanish Spoken Here: Eliminating Spanish-language fiction undermines the validity of public libraries” while Julia Stephens wrote “English Spoken Here: By creating bilingual collections, librarians are contributing to a divided America.”

Some Key Quotes by Quesada:

“I advocate open information accessibility for the millions of Latino citizens who work, pay taxes, and are library users entitled to the same rights as any other American citizen. It is antithetical to public librarianship as a profession to form a collection development policy that involves consciously alienating a portion of the community” (p. 40).

“Much of the library literature from the early 20th century encouraged the active acquisition of foreign-language materials to serve the immigrant populations—an astoundingly progressive mentality given the preoccupation then over ‘Americanzation’"(p. 42).

“Moreover, possessing a comprehensive Spanish-language collection can actually aid in attracting Latino patrons to discover lifeskills; patrons will be more exposed to these resources if they can also find a favorite author, film, or musical group in Spanish" (p. 42).

"While eliminating Spanish-language fiction from a public library’s acquisition policy may appear innocuous on the surface, a profound implication underlies such occurrences: alienating legal Latino residents and U.S. citizens from free and opinion information access” (p. 42).

“Politically manipulating a library’s collection development policy to alienate any portion of a community served is a marginalizing act, rendering the community’s library as no longer truly 'public'" (p. 44).

Some Key Quotes from Stephens:

“Libraries help maintain out American identity and unity as a nation when they stock books in our common language, which ties us together as a country and allies us with Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and India” (p. 41).

“School libraries should offer these students English classes and Spanish books through interlibrary loan” (p. 43).

“School libraries can offer picture books for English learners, Latin American fiction in English, and multicultural nonfiction collections in English at middle and high school media centers” (p. 43).

“When librarians build collections by community population ratios, they give in to ethnocentric demands for diversity equality with Spanish books and websites. The English-language culture that unites us disintegrates into an array of immigrant cultures” (p. 44).

“By creating bilingual libraries, librarians are undermining the American democracy that has created on nation for all. Librarians have a duty to uphold the American way of life and save their English book and journal collections for Americans in the future” (p. 44).

American Libraries

In the inset of the articles, “American Libraries” included three Web site references:

Selecting Spanish-Language Materials for Adults is a course offered by ASCLA. Search for it at: http://www.ala.org/ascla

The link to the REFORMA organization that opposes limiting access to non-English speakers at: http://www.reforma.org

The link to WebJunction’s “Spanish Language Outreach” from OCLC is at: http://www.webjunction.org

Also, on page 44 of the issue, there is most likely a purposeful strategically placed advertisement for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resource, “Civics and Citizenship Toolkit” available at: http://www.citizenshiptoolkit.gov.