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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.

Fletcher Library: ASU's west campus


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Building Diversity in Academic Libraries ~ a discussion and dialogue café

Experiences of the Diversity Initiative Team at the Fletcher Library on ASU’s west campus

Ed McKennon, MA & Peg McQuarrie, M.Ed

Fletcher Library at ASU’s West Campus

http://library.west.asu.edu/diversity/


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Team Charge

3-Year Plan: including goals, plan, and brainstorming documents

Annual Reports

Project Planning and Assessment

Diversity Web:Sitemap and sample pages

World Café documentation

Appendix: Team ground rules and process documents

BOOKLET / HANDOUTS - documents related to the formation of a Diversity Initiative Team at ASU West

These materials are available at:

http://www.west.asu.edu/libcontrib/

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Today’s 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)

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What is the State of Diversity in Academic Libraries?

QUESTION:As you have considered diversity issues within your own organizations, what questions have emerged for you and your colleagues?

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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.

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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

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What is the State of Diversity in Academic Libraries?

SOURCE: http://www.ala.org/ala/hrdr/libraryempresources/racialethnic.htm and http://www.census.gov

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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

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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

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Stage 1: Formation ~ Planting the Seeds

  • A question and charge

  • Steep curves lead to deep planning

  • Mission creep

  • Inclusion, Inclusion, Inclusion

  • The Plan

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Stage 1: Formation ~ Planting the SeedsDiversity 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

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Stage 1: Formation ~ Planting the SeedsGeneral 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.

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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

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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

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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

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Stage 3: Investing and Collaborating ~ Going Out on a Limb

  • Collaborative projects

    • Diversity Horizons

    • Banned Books Week

  • Assessment / Evaluation

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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 profession’s 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.

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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

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Stage 4: Embeddedness Reaping the Harvest

  • Engagement

  • Accountability

  • Enrichment

  • Sustainability

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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.”

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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!

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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?

  • What’s 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!

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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!

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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!

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Thank you for your participation.

Ed McKennon: ed.mckennon@asu.edu

Peg McQuarrie: peg.mcquarrie@asu.edu

Fletcher Library at ASU: http://library.west.asu.edu

Diversity Initiative Team Home Page: http://library.west.asu.edu/diversity/divteam/

Presentation Documents: http://www.west.asu.edu/libcontrib/

-------------- Diversity Initiative Team Members --------------

Sylvia Frost – Smita Joshipura – Ed McKennon – Peg McQuarrie – Margaret Rodriguez


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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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Name _____________________________________________

Organization _______________________________________

E-Mail ____________________________________________

Your question:

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