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New Article of Interest
January 12, 2016

Hi folks, below is the citation to a new article you will find of interest.  Look for it under Bibliography.

Caidi, N., & Dali, K. (2015).  Can we talk? Perceptions of diversity issues bty students with diverse backgrounds, and a rumination on personal roads to systematic change.  New Library World, 116(11/12). pp. 796-799.


 CAPAL and Dviersity and Equity Committee

Dear colleagues,

The Canadian Association for Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) is looking for members to join its Diversity and Equity Committee.  A core working group is needed to proceed further with this committee within CAPAL.  I know that many of ViMLoC followers value diversity, equity and multiculturalism issues.  Please consider joining this committee.  For more information please contact:

Harriet Sonne de Torrens, MA, MISt, Ph.D., L.M.S.,
Librarian, Visual Resource Library
Email: harriet.sonne@utoronto.ca
Ph: 905-569-4610

ViMLoC and OLA 2013

ViMLoC is proud to present a Round Table meet & greet at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference on Thursday January 31st, 9.05 a.m. to 10.20 a.m.

ViMLoC’s founding members Maha Kumaran, May Chan, Chau Ha, Grace Liu, Norda Majekodunmi and Kam Teo will be present to discuss your concerns on assigned topics.  Please stop by and visit us to discuss matters of importance to you.

Maha Kumaran – Job Market for visible minority librarians – challenges

May Chan – Future ideas for ViMLoC – What ideas, suggestions do you have for ViMLoC in the future?

Chau Ha – Socialization on the job – Is your workplace diverse enough?  Do you feel welcome?

Grace Liu – Education and skills – Are we there yet?  Accreditation issues and more…

Norda Majekodunmi – Mentorship for visible minority librarians – what is missing?

Kam TeoKam will provide information about  ViMLoC and the structure of the round table.

Diversity in the Workplace online course
The library technician post-diploma certificate program at the University of the Fraser Valley is offering LIBT 383 Diversity in the Workplace, an 8 week online course starting October 22. This course will examine discrimination, bias, and diversity in the context of information centres. Students will have an opportunity to explore the wide variety of elements that contribute to bias and methods that library technicians can adopt to confront discrimination while working productively with diversity. This course will enhance the student’s ability to positively interact with diversity while incorporating methods to enhance service excellence.

For more information visit http://www.ufv.ca/libtech/Programs/Continuing_Studies.htm or contact Noreen Dragani, Instructional Assistant, at Noreen.Dragani@ufv.ca

Library Juice Academy - Online Workshops 

Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional
development workshops for librarians, with classes starting October
1st. These workshops earn Continuing Education Units, and are intended
as professional development activities primarily for academic
librarians. A partial schedule of workshops is below. Watch this page
as we continue to add courses. We are currently accepting enrollments
in the courses listed below. 
October 2012
Cataloging for the Non-Cataloger
Instructor: Melissa Adler | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Considering an Open Source ILS
Instructor: BWS Johnson | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing
Instructor: Rebecca Blakiston | Credits: 0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90
Participatory Culture in the Library: Community-Driven Collecting, Cataloging, and Curating
Instructor: Margaret Heller | Credits: 0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90
November 2012
Changing Lives, Changing the World: Information Literacy and Critical Pedagogy
Instructor: Maria T. Accardi | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Advocacy for Librarians
Instructor: Alison Lewis | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Exploring Fair Use
Instructor: Rachel Bridgewater | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Online Instruction
Instructor: John Doherty | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
So Now I Am an Archivist, Too?! Introduction to Archives Administration and Management
Instructor: Christine D'Arpa | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Introduction to FRBR
Instructor: Melissa Adler | Credits: 0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90
Introduction to Health Science Librarianship
Instructor: Courtney Mlinar | Credits: 0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90
Consumer Health Information
Instructor: Courtney Mlinar | Credits: 0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90
December 2012
Introduction to RDA
Instructor: Melissa Adler | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Alternative Literature in Libraries
Instructor: Rory Litwin | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
The Mechanics of Metadata
Instructor: Grace Agnew | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Game-Based Learning in Library Instruction
Instructor: Scott Rice | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Introduction to XML
Instructor: Robert Chavez | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost $175
Embedded Librarianship
Instructor: Courtney Mlinar | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost $175  
January 2013
Diversity Plans for Academic Libraries
Instructor: Julie Biando Edwards | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Introduction to the Semantic Web
Instructor: Robert Chavez | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost $175
Introduction to Drupal for Libraries
Instructor: Cody Hennesy | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175

February 2013
Representing Geographic Information with Map Mashups
Instructor: Olga Buchel | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Alternative Health Resources for Librarians
Instructor: Candise Branum | Credits: 0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90

March 2013
Patent Searching
Instructor: Martin Wallace | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Team-Based Work Structures and Productivity
Instructor: Aliqae Geraci | Credits: 0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90
Working Faster, Working Smarter: Productivity Strategies for Librarians
Instructor: Emily Drabinski | Credits: 0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90

Library Juice Academy - http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/
PO Box 25322, Los Angeles, CA
Tel. 218-260-6115

Looking for Authors:

Hello all,

I am a librarian at the University of Saskatchewan.  I am writing to ask if you would be interested in contributing a chapter to our book as shown below.  If you are a visible minority librarian and would like to contribute a chapter, please contact me at maha.kumaran@usask.ca or 306-966-8739.


Maha Kumaran

Invitation to Visible Minority Librarians to contribute a chapter for a book

There is a growing interest in the efforts of visible minority librarians and their contributions to libraries in Canada and United States. For example, The 21st Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges, Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship, Leadership in Libraries: A Focus on Ethnic Minority Librarian are some recent contributions by and/or about visible minority librarians.  Apart from books, many articles have been published on diversity issues in libraries about hiring, socialization and retention of visible minority librarians.

The field of visible minority librarianship grows with each passing year.  These above books planted the seed of an idea for putting together a book for visible minority librarians in Canada to contribute their ideas and experiences of working in libraries.  It is common to see and hear of visible minorities entering the field of librarianship in Canadian library schools, completing their programs and graduating from them – and a handbook from those of us who have been making our way in libraries now seems in good order.

I am writing to ask you to contribute a chapter to this book on your experiences in entering the profession and working in Canadian libraries.  This is an opportunity to expand the research field in the area of visible minority librarians.  Some of the topics you can write about would be: your reasons for deciding to choose a career in libraries; how you have made a difference in your library with colleagues and your library patrons, your general librarianship experience; your mentorship experiences or how the lack of it has affected your role as a librarian; challenges and issues you faced and overcame along the way and anything else you can think of in relationship to libraries and librarianship.  You can also write about the advice you would like to provide to the next generation of aspiring visible minority librarians in the areas of education, training and mentorship.

Please note that my colleague at the University of Saskatchewan Library, Deborah Lee, is also asking these same questions to Aboriginal librarians in Canada, with the goal of combining our contributions to form a handbook for both Aboriginal and visible minority librarians and employees.  We have vetted our idea for the book with Scarecrow Press and now have a contract with them to launch this initiative as editors of the book and are now looking to to recruit contributors.

We are asking interested contributors to provide us with a draft or outline of their essay / book chapter by August 31, 2012.  Those contributors who are selected to write a full chapter will then have until June 1st 2013, to write their chapter and submit it to the editors.  Expected length of the chapters will be from 3,000 – 4,500 words.  Any copyright permission required for your chapter will be your responsibility.  Also, due to cost considerations, we will have to limit the number of photos, tables, illustrations, etc. that can be included in the publication.  It is likely that you will need to present a case to include non-textual items in your chapter.

I hope you are interested in contributing a chapter to the book.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

You may be wondering about the idea of inviting non-Aboriginal people to contribute a chapter to this book.  Deborah and I discussed this and we felt that we wanted first to provide a voice for visible minorities (and in her case, Aboriginal people) through this book.  We are open to the idea of Volume II, where non-Aboriginal people would be asked to contribute a chapter about their experience of serving and working with Aboriginal people and visible minorities or multicultural groups in libraries or information centers.



Note: Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour”.


 Join us in Berlin this June

Leading Across Generations is the topic of this year’s ESMT 5th Annual Forum – which is designed and delivered together with the International Leadership Association.

Who should attend Leading Across Generations?

Board and senior management level executives in charge of strategic decisions regarding workplace structures, as well as leadership and talent development coaches and consultants in these areas, and HR professionals, as well as academics, government and NGO officials interested and focused in the areas of leadership and demography.

Taking place June 13-15, 2012, at ESMT’s campus in the center of Berlin the forum will assemble a unique mix of corporate, academic, and public policy leaders to address the implications of this demographic crossroad from an international perspective.

Join us for high-caliber keynotes, workshops, and panel discussions on:

  •   Workplace Structures
  •   Mentoring and Coaching
  •   Generational Transfers in Family Business
  •   Retention and Motivation
  •   Lifelong Learning

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