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.