Librarians and library staff shall advocate for and participate in educational and training programs that help advance cultural competence within the profession.
Cultural competence is a vital link between the theoretical and practical knowledge base that defines librarianship. The practicing librarian should stay abreast of current educational trends and training methods needed to stay ahead of changes in professional practice, which includes the evolving needs of diverse populations. Diversity needs to be addressed in library education curricula and needs to be viewed as central to faculty and staff appointments and research agendas.
Several entities need to address educational and training programs:
To the extent that it is possible, we have selected several national and state resources. Note that the UAF libraries are not responsible for the content of external websites. These news feeds are simply a starting point to your implementing of these standards.
Diversity Report-Outs Ask librarians to attend diversity workshops, events, posters, and panels at professional conferences and schedule informal gatherings after the conferences to report out to colleagues about what they learned. Over time, this will help to build capacity within an organization, and to raise awareness about what professional development about diversity needs to be sought out, and funded, in the future.
Cultures Connecting Free Resources for Educators- This includes tools to begin assessing your organization's need for increased awareness about diversity. Although it is not library specific, there are useful professional development tools for teachers that would be particularly useful for librarians who teach information literacy.
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack- A widey used article to help white people begin to recognize white privilege, and how they perpetuate it.
“Whose Table?”: On Libraries and Race | ALA 2013- An introduction to the excellent work of Tod Honma and essential ideas and theories to help us transform libraries into diverse communities.
University of Washington Libraries - UW Bothell/ Cascadia Community College Campus Library
Althea Eannace Lazzaro, MA, MLIS
Research & Instruction / Psychology Librarian
Members of our Diversity Team attended a "Train-the-Trainers" workshop through Cultures Connecting to learn strategies for facilitiating conversations about race, privilege, and discrimination. This has lead us to make different decisions about what to cover, and how to lead, the diversity trainings that we do with our whole library staff. Overall, we have become more empowered as a team to delve into difficult discussions about sensitive issues, because we feel as if we have more tools to draw upon when the discussion (inevitably) moves into uncomfortable territory.