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Multiculturalism in Library Education: Are we preparing tomorrow information professionals today?. Wilfred Fong Associate Dean Faculty of Business and Information Technology University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Introduction. A diverse population Multiculturalism Multilingual

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Multiculturalism in library education are we preparing tomorrow information professionals today

Multiculturalism in Library Education: Are we preparing tomorrow information professionals today?

Wilfred Fong

Associate Dean

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

University of Ontario Institute of Technology


Introduction

Introduction

  • A diverse population

  • Multiculturalism

  • Multilingual

  • The Digital Divide:

    • Information Rich and Information Poor

  • Library and Information Services


The north america core culture

The North America Core Culture

  • A shared set of values, ideations, and symbols

  • Group Identification

  • Equality


What is multiculturalism

What is Multiculturalism?

  • Share core culture & Subculture

    • “Culture is a group’s program for survival in and adaptation to its environment” (Bullivant, 1993)

  • The Canadian Prospective:

    • All citizens are equal

    • Multiculturalism ensures that all citizens can keep their identities, can take pride in their ancestry and have a sense of belonging.

      (Canadian Heritage: canadianheritage.gc.ca)


The other culture the internet culture

The Other Culture – The Internet Culture

  • Is Internet a Culture or just a Tool?

  • “…coherent communities of people and the ways they think together “

    • Phil Agre, 1998

  • The Social and Personal Networks

  • Language and symbols: Leetspeek and Emoticons

    • “thx 4 teh talk…kewl”

  • Information Overload

  • The “has” and the “has nots”


  • Library education

    Library Education

    • Courses:

      • Globalization and the Information Society

      • International Librarianship

      • Resources and Services for Special Populations

      • Planning Outreach Services

      • Public Libraries

    • Library and Information Services


    Preparing information professions

    Preparing Information Professions

    • Core Curriculum

      • Understanding the concept of culture

      • Teaching how to accept differences

      • Interaction and Integrations

      • Understanding the technology and culture

      • Information Professions: Keepers of culture


    No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive mahatma gandhi

    "No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive."Mahatma Gandhi


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