Sunday, March 7, 2010

Honored Latinas

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

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, 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: 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.

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

Monday, January 18, 2010

January 23 Event at Woodson Regional Library

Here is another press release distributed to the Chicago Area Archivists Listserv by Michael Flug:

"Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History & Literature Presents A Book Discussion and Signing With author Paul King

"Reflections on Affirmative Action in Construction"

Paul King was the former chair of the Chicago Business Council,and is a pioneer in the struggle to promote Black participation in the construction industry, including securing government support for minority contractor assistance programs. He has authored numerous works, including amicus briefs in the Fullilove vs. Klutznick Supreme Court case. He served on the Black Business Braintrust for Congressman Parren Mitchell’s [Dem-MD], shepherd of the first legislation requiring mandatory percentage goals for minority contractor utilization on federal contracts.

January 23, 2010, Saturday, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Woodson Regional Library Auditorium
9525 South Halsted Street

Scholarships for Archives Study for Underrepresented Students

Originally Posted by Michael Flug on the Chicago Area Archivists Listserv:


Contact: Nancy Beaumont, Executive Director
312.606.0722 or

January 2010
Mosaic Scholarships Available
Financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science

CHICAGO—The Society of American Archivists (SAA) will award up to two Mosaic Scholarships in 2010 to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science. In its second year, the Mosaic Scholarship provides $5,000 in financial support, encourages students to pursue a career as an archivist, and promotes diversification of the American archives profession and the American historical record.

Archives contain documents and records of enduring value, and archivists work to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the nation’s historical record. The Mosaic Scholarship will be awarded to selected applicants who demonstrate potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

“The Mosaic Scholarship is just one way—albeit a very important way—in which SAA seeks to advance diversity within the profession,” said SAA President Peter Gottlieb.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada, and be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent. They must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or a multi-course program in archives administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year. For more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures, visit

The application deadline is February 28, 2010.

In addition to the scholarship, awardees will receive a one-year membership in the > Society of American Archivists and complimentary registration to the Archives*Records/DC 2010, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and the Society of American Archivists.

The 2009 Mosaic Scholarship recipients were Janet Ceja of the University of Pittsburgh and Harrison W. Inefuku of the University of British Columbia.

The Society of American Archivists is a Chicago-based national professional organization representing more than 5,500 individual and institutional members. Founded in 1936, its mission is to serve the education and information needs of its members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the nation’s historical record.