An update on SPEC 356 – Diversity and Inclusion – Free webinar – register.

Registration Details:

Title: SPEC Survey Webcast on Diversity and Inclusion

Presenters: Toni Anaya, Instruction Coordinator, and Charlene Maxey-Harris, Research and Instructional Services Chair, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time: 1:00–1:45 pm, eastern daylight time

To request closed captioning for this webinar, please e-mail Amy Yeager,, by October 4, 2017.

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SPEC Kit 356: Diversity and Inclusion (September 2017)

Here is the spec kit on diversity  U of T and UBC are the two Canadian institutions whose diversity statements are included here.

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Joint Council of Librarians of Color Conference September 26-30, 2018

In 2018 you will have another diversity conference to look forward to in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Watch this website for more information

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Registration and Diversity Scholarship for Access Library Technology Conference 2017 is now open

Go here for more information:

Registration for Access 2017 in Saskatoon, SK is now open. Join us Sept 27-29th, 2017 for 3 days of in-depth analyses, presentations, lightning talks, the hackfest, and plenty of time for networking and social events.

This year registration will be capped at 150. Register early to ensure a spot and to take advantage of early-bird registration prices ($350 + GST until July 1st). Registration details, all price categories, and conference hotel information available now.

This year, we are offering two all-inclusive diversity scholarships (includes hotel, registration & transportation, up to $2000 CDN). The Access Conference is committed to fostering diversity in the field of library technology. To encourage diversity, the 2017 Access Conference is proud to have a distinguished diversity scholarship committee coordinating and adjudicating submissions for these awards. Application details available now, call for proposals closes June 16th, 2017.

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Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications – Deadline May 15

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the Initiative Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries and archives. The IRDW includes:

  • A stipend of up to $10,000 over two years in support of MLIS education
  • Leadership and career development training
  • A site visit to an ARL member library
  • Financial support for skills development
  • A formal mentorship program

The IRDW is funded by ARL member libraries. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library workforce that will better reflect the changing demographics of higher education and society and will advance our goals of creating more inclusive, equitable, and just organizations.

Program Goal and Objectives

The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce seeks to:

  • Attract MLIS students from underrepresented groups to careers in research libraries and archives
  • Strengthen participants’ leadership and job searching skills via a Leadership Symposium held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
  • Develop a network of peers and mentors who will guide and nurture the career development of the participants

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada as well as Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous classifications
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico
  • Be accepted into an ALA-accredited MLIS program
  • Have a strong interest in pursuing a career in a research library or archive, especially one that is a member of the Association of Research Libraries

To Apply

All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on Monday, May 15, 2017:

  • Online application form
  • Résumé
  • Essay (400 words maximum) describing what attracts you to a career in a research library or archive
  • Unofficial undergraduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed
  • Unofficial graduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed OR official letter of acceptance into a graduate-level program in library and information science
  • Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)

For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) website.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at

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Update from Diversity by Design: Reframing Diversity Course in Canada Two-Day Symposium

Note that the deadline for submissions is extended until April 15, 2017, 10pm EST.

For more information, visit the symposium website at:

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The Centre for Addition and Mental Health is looking for a librarian

Position: Librarian, CAMH Library (Full-Time, 12-month contract)
Closing Date for Applications – April 19th, 5 pm

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research centre in this field. As a valued service and resource within Canada’s largest mental health and addictions teaching hospital the Library at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health supports the education, research, and clinical activities of CAMH and provides information services to healthcare professionals, patients, families, and communities across the province. As an academic health sciences centre, the CAMH Library’s clientele includes hospital staff, both clinical and administrative, as well as researchers and a broad range of students. With a provincial mandate to educate the public of Ontario, the library also serves and supports patients, their families, members of the public, and professionals from across the province.

We are currently seeking a Fulltime, Temporary (12 months) Librarian who is an enthusiastic individual to join a small but dedicated team of librarians and library technicians. The successful candidate will be an advocate for mental health, conducting reference, research, instruction, and outreach services with a commitment to evidence-based practice and public service.

Position Description:

Reporting to the Interim Manager, Library Services, the Librarian will work as part of a team delivering information services and supporting evidence-based practice in patient care, health education, and clinical and health systems research by:

  • providing quick and in-depth reference services in person or by phone/email,
  • conducting systematic literature searches to support client care, scholarly publications, and program and policy development by CAMH researchers and clinicians
  • delivering group instruction and one-on-one training on research skills and critical appraisal,
  • participating in the selection and evaluation of library resources,
  • contributing to marketing and promotion initiatives for library, its services and the collection, and
  • taking an active role in the activities of professional associations and consortia


The successful candidate will have: a Masters-level degree in information or library studies from an ALA-accredited institution; a minimum of two years’ work experience providing reference, research, and instruction in a library services environment; and demonstrated experience contributing to knowledge synthesis initiatives including but not limited to research consultations and conducting and documenting expert literature searches. Knowledge of and practical experience with health-related literature is preferred; an understanding of mental health and addictions issues is an asset.

Strong analytical and planning skills and the ability to work collaboratively with both internal and external partners are required. Demonstrated interpersonal, communication (oral/written) and creative problem-solving abilities are required. Excellent organization skills are required to effectively deal with competing priorities and deadlines. You will have the ability for self-directed learning/working, as well as collaboration and teamwork. Sensitivity, skills and experience working with a diverse workforce and communities is required. Proficiency in the use of computer applications and web technologies is essential. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements. This position is located at 33 Russell Street.

Please Note:               This full-time temporary position (12 months) is part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range:              $29.24 to $39.44 per hour

For further information visit their website


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