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Title: Building Diversity in Academic Libraries a discussion and world caf


1
Welcome to Building Diversity in Academic
Libraries a discussion and dialogue café
Please fill out the dialogue cards as you
enter. Hold onto the cards until later in the
presentation.
2
Building Diversity in Academic Libraries a
discussion and dialogue café
  • Experiences of the Diversity Initiative Team at
    the Fletcher Library on ASUs west campus
  • Ed McKennon, MA Peg McQuarrie, M.Ed
  • Fletcher Library at ASUs West Campus
  • http//library.west.asu.edu/diversity/

3
BOOKLET / HANDOUTS - documents related to the
formation of a Diversity Initiative Team at ASU
West
  • Team Charge
  • 3-Year Plan including goals, plan, and
    brainstorming documents
  • Annual Reports
  • Project Planning and Assessment
  • Diversity WebSitemap and sample pages
  • World Café documentation
  • Appendix Team ground rules and process
    documents

These materials are available at http//www.west.
asu.edu/libcontrib/
4
Todays Session
  • Overview of ASUW Diversity Initiative Team
    development and activities (45 minutes)
  • Formation and Development moving through stages
  • Sampling Real Life Projects
  • Dialogue Café (30 minutes)
  • Debrief / Discussion / Questions (15 minutes)

5
What is the State of Diversity in Academic
Libraries?
QUESTIONAs you have considered diversity
issues within your own organizations, what
questions have emerged for you and your
colleagues?
6
What is the State of Diversity in Academic
Libraries?
  • Minorities are underrepresented in librarianship
  • Public libraries tend to attract some ethnicities
    at significantly higher rates than academic
    libraries
  • Library schools are struggling to attract
    minority students
  • Some ASU recruitment goals articulate
    expectations for demographic balance in terms of
    available position-related pools.

7
Initial Demographic Comparison Fletcher Library
/ ASUw / County / State / Nation
Sources (1) Fletcher Library at ASU west campus
(2) Arizona State University West Fact Book (3)
US Census Note totals for ethnicity in right
hand 3 columns exceed 100 due to multiple race
selection
8
What is the State of Diversity in Academic
Libraries?
  •  

SOURCE http//www.ala.org/ala/hrdr/libraryempreso
urces/racialethnic.htm and http//www.census.gov
9
Diversity Initiative Team Initial Charge
  • Engage staff in discussion and learning to
    enhance understanding of a broad range of
    diversity issues engage units and councils in
    relevant activity in support of diversity
  • Identify proactive recruitment and hiring
    strategies designed to diversity our staff
  • Establish vital programs that affect the pipeline
    into the profession
  • Explore those influences/activities that create
    and/or enhance a welcoming and supportive work
    environment

10
Stages of DevelopmentA theory of Diversity
Implementation Organization
  • Stage 1 Formation and PlanningPlanting a Seed
  • Stage 2 Defining and CreatingPicking Low
    Hanging Fruit
  • Stage 3 Investing and CollaboratingGoing Out on
    a Limb
  • Stage 4 EmbeddednessReaping the Harvest

11
Stage 1 Formation Planting the Seeds
  • A question and charge
  • Steep curves lead to deep planning
  • Mission creep
  • Inclusion, Inclusion, Inclusion
  • The Plan

12
Stage 1 Formation Planting the Seeds Diversity
Issues Affecting Academic Libraries a
brainstormed list
  • Hiring
  • Internal, local, national, professional
    demographics
  • Hiring policies and practices
  • Retention
  • Work climate
  • Internal value system
  • Formal and informal processes that support
    success, e.g. mentoring, reward systems,
    professional development
  • Support for community engagement
  • Work time flexibility (daily, weekly, annually)
  • Legal issues
  • Affirmative Action
  • Discrimination 
  • Diversity within the profession
  • Pipeline programs in library schools
  • designed to attract a more diverse student body.
  • Pipeline programs in libraries designed to
    attract more diverse workforce. 
  • Justice
  • Individual and group equity
  • Privilege and power
  • Public Interface
  • Diversity of public service points
  • Impact of public service point diversity on use
    by diverse populations 
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity

13
Stage 1 Formation Planting the Seeds General
PrinciplesShared with the library organization
during the planning stages and team rollout.
  • There is no right way for us to approach this.
    Every organization approaches diversity in a
    different way.
  • Our belief is that ASU West Library is not a
    problem to be fixed. We are building on something
    that is already great.
  • No one can force us to do this, not the Dean, not
    the Diversity Initiative Team.
  • Everyone does not have to do everything. This
    initiative will not be judged a failure because
    of scattered participation.
  • The plan we are presenting came from our study of
    the issues relevant to diversity in higher
    education and in academic libraries. It is not
    in stone.
  • Collaboration with authority groups and
    stakeholders is a core value for us. The plan
    explicitly states who we believe we must
    collaborate with in order to move any of these
    ideas forward.

14
Stage 2 Defining and Creating Seeking Low
Hanging Fruit
  • If to do ?
  • Building bridges from concept to implementation
    a construct for decision making and planning
  • Building an Engaged Presence
  • Connecting with our publics in meaningful ways
  • Annual Reporting
  • Measuring initiatives against goals

15
Stage 2 Defining and Creating Seeking Low
Hanging Fruit Building an Engaged Presence
Making Ourselves Known
  • Engaged with the Library, Contributed to Campus
  • Welcome Signs Holiday Party National Library
    Week Career Fest Working with ASUW Career
    Services
  • Web work and Transparency of Goals and Operations
  • Influenced the Library Website including the
    About Us page, the Staff Directory, and the Art
    Exhibits page.
  • Expanded the Diversity Web

16
Stage 2 Defining and Creating Seeking Low
Hanging Fruit Building an Engaged Presence
Making Ourselves KnownExpanding the Library
Diversity Web
  • What are Diversity Web Goals?
  • Continue to provide research strategies for and
    access to research in varied diversity related
    subject areas
  • Tell the public about the Library and Campus
    commitment to diversity
  • Provide access to Library and Campus materials
    related to diversity
  • Foster interest in the library profession and
    access to supporting materials
  • Further the goal of the Diversity Team to do
    their work in public
  • Expanded the Diversity Web and included Team
    Transparency and Documentation

17
Stage 3 Investing and Collaborating Going
Out on a Limb
  • Collaborative projects
  • Diversity Horizons
  • Banned Books Week
  • Assessment / Evaluation

18
Diversity Horizons / Banned Books Week

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Stage 3 Investing and Collaborating Going
Out on a LimbBanned Books Week a
Library-Student Collaboration
The recognition of this event acknowledges the
library professions commitment to democracy by
celebrating the freedom to read freely while
underscoring the University commitment to
protecting diversity of culture and conscience.
Recognizing the relationship between the freedom
to read and the freedom to create, the Amnesty
International student club at ASU West has joined
the Library Diversity Initiative Team in
co-sponsoring the celebration, emphasizing human
rights and freedom of conscience while addressing
the real-life cases of people imprisoned for
their expression.
21
Stage 3 Investing and Collaborating Going
Out on a LimbBanned Books Week a
Library-Student Collaboration
  • Books Behind Bars public art display (co-led)
  • Including the make a banned book dummy art
    project
  • Panel Presentation (Library led)
  • Check out a challenged book (Library led)
  • Banned / Challenged Book Reading (AI led)
  • Petition Drive (AI led)
  • Supported by
  • Web Page Development (AI and Library)
  • Flyers/Posters (AI and Library)
  • T-shirt sales (AI and Library)
  • Assessment

22
Stage 4 Embeddedness Reaping the Harvest
  • Engagement
  • Accountability
  • Enrichment
  • Sustainability

23
World Café a query in diversity
  • Questions open doors to collective inquiry.
    Answers close them. The word questions comes
    from quest to be on a journey, to search for
    something important.
  • A good question creates a dissonance between our
    current understanding and something bigger.

24
World Café Café Etiquette
  •  
  • Focus on what matters
  • Contribute your thinking
  • Speak your mind and heart
  • Listen to understand
  • Link and connect ideas
  • Listen together for insights, patterns, and
    deeper questions
  • Have Fun!

25
World Café a query in diversity Round One
  • What are the challenges or dilemmas you face as
    you address issues of diversity in your library?
  • Whats important to you about that and why do you
    care?

Focus on what matters - Contribute your
thinking Speak your mind and heart - Listen to
understand Link and connect ideas Listen
together for insights, patterns, and deeper
questions Have Fun!
26
World Café a query in diversity Round Two
  • What assumptions do you need to test as you
    consider solutions to the challenges or dilemmas?
  • What would your organization be like if you
    effectively addressed its challenges and
    dilemmas?

Focus on what matters - Contribute your
thinking Speak your mind and heart - Listen to
understand Link and connect ideas Listen
together for insights, patterns, and deeper
questions Have Fun!
27
World Café a query in diversity Round Three
(final)
  • What do you believe are the critical steps to
    making progress in your organization?
  • What new questions are emerging for you?

Focus on what matters - Contribute your
thinking Speak your mind and heart - Listen to
understand Link and connect ideas Listen
together for insights, patterns, and deeper
questions Have Fun!
28
Thank you for your participation.
  • Ed McKennon ed.mckennon_at_asu.edu
  • Peg McQuarrie peg.mcquarrie_at_asu.edu
  • Fletcher Library at ASU http//library.west.asu.e
    du
  • Diversity Initiative Team Home Page
    http//library.west.asu.edu/diversity/divteam/
  • Presentation Documents http//www.west.asu.edu/li
    bcontrib/
  • -------------- Diversity Initiative Team Members
    --------------
  • Sylvia Frost Smita Joshipura Ed McKennon
    Peg McQuarrie Margaret Rodriguez

29
Thank you for hosting your café group.   Your
Role   ensure that everyone has the opportunity
to contribute   stay focused on the
questions   encourage all to look for emerging
themes, insights and questions   take some
notes   stay at the table for each
round   welcome new people as they enter your
group   prior to working a second or third round
of questions, quickly recap previous themes,
insights and questions.
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