Diversity-related Sessions at CAPAL Conference

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) conference at Congress 2014  will be held at Brock University, St. Catharines, May 25-26, 2014. The following sessions are diversity-related and might be of interest to ViMLoC members.

“Why Diversity‟ Is Not Enough: Towards an Anti-Racist Politics of LIS” 2.00  – 3.30 pm May 25th. Dave Hudson, (Learning & Curriculum Support Librarian, University of Guelph).


“Internationalization and the Canadian Academic Library: What Are We Offering?” 10.15 – 11.45 am, May 26th.
Jeannie Bail (Information Services Librarian, Memorial University), Ryan Lewis (Social Sciences Liaison Librarian, Memorial University), Amanda Power (Information Services Librarian, Memorial

Canadian campuses, even those located in predominantly heterogeneous cities, are becoming increasingly internationalized places, mainly due to growing enrollments of students from other countries. However, the issue of internationalization is one that is not frequently addressed in library and information science literature, particularly from a Canadian perspective and through use of a national survey methodology. Our paper addresses this gap, and will present the findings of our research study, which is based on a 2013 survey of campus libraries across Canada. The paper will offer insight into the shifting demographics of university students and what kinds of library programmes and services are being made available to students from other parts of the world, as well as where these students are coming from. Our findings indicate a number of issues are at stake, such as methods of library instruction, multilingual library services and key partnerships with other stakeholders invested in addressing the unique needs of international students. We also discuss the finding that international students often perceive Canadian academic libraries to be quite different from libraries in their home countries. We suggest that it is important for Canadian librarians to be aware of what some of the challenges are in providing library services to this specific population, as well as what is being done for international students across the country.

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