ViMLoC in 2013 CLA Activity Report

Dear Friends:

2013 proved to be a year of great activity for ViMLoC!  January 2013 began with presentations by ViMLoC members at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto on Thursday January 31st.  Topics discussed included: job market challenges for visible minority librarians; Future ideas for ViMLoC (suggestions from conference attendees); library workplace diversity; Education and skills required to be a professional librarian in Canada; and mentorship for visible minority librarians in Canada.

By far the most well attended library conference in the country it was ViMLoC’s first opportunity to make itself known on such a large scale.  Those that wish to read about the panel discussion at the conference can read the published article by clicking The Partnership link below: http://davinci.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/article/viewFile/2888/3151

Further promotion of ViMLoC took place in Feliciter (Vol. 59, No. 1 February 2013) in February courtesy of an article by co-moderator, Norda Majekodunmi (2014-2015). Those that wish to read Diversity in Libraries: The Case for the Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network What is ViMLoC?! Please click the link below: http://www.cla.ca/feliciter/2013/1/mobile/index.html#8

The 2013 Canadian Library Association conference in Winnipeg (May 29 – June 1, 2013) provided another forum in which to promote ViMLoC.  In this instance, then co-moderator Maha Kumaran spent a couple of days promoting ViMLoC at the poster session in Winnipeg.

The fall of 2013 marked the launch of two exciting initiatives by ViMLoC.

First of all, ViMLoC ran a survey for a research project: “Collecting Statistics of Visible Minority Librarians in Canada.  A joint project by Maha Kumaran (University of Saskatchewan) and Heather Cai (McGill University), the results from the survey will assist ViMLoC in initiating and promoting new programs for Visible Minority Librarians throughout Canada.

Secondly, ViMLoC inaugurated its mentorship program.  A special initiative and project facilitated by Norda Majekodunmi (York University), this program will assist ViMLoC in working with new librarians, library students, and future visible minority librarians in the years to come.  For those who wish to mentor or that wish to be mentored (mentees), please contact Norda at vimloc@gmail.com.

Norda Majekodunmi      Kam Teo                                                                                                                                                Co-Moderators

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