SPEC Kit 356: Diversity and Inclusion (September 2017)

Here is the spec kit on diversity http://publications.arl.org/Diversity-Inclusion-SPEC-Kit-356/  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 http://www.jclcinc.org/conference/2018/

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

Go here for more information: http://accessconference.ca/about-access-2017/

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 ARL.org.

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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: https://www.idiversitybydesign.com/

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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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Call for submissions: Diversity by Design Two Day Symposium September 13 – 14, Toronto, ON, Canada

September 13-14, 2017 (Toronto, ON, Canada)

We will hold a two-day Symposium in Toronto in September 2017 on the state of diversity in Canada’s informational and cultural sectors. The symposium will invite an open multi-sided dialog at the time when Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, with the field of Library & Information Science (LIS) strategically positioned to initiate and lead this conversation. The conversation will transcend the boundaries of a single discipline and
profession and serve as a springboard for engaging a wider community in reconsidering and expanding diversity discourse and practices.

The 150th Anniversary of Canada is an opportune time to look back, take stock, re-assess the present, and plan for the future. The goal of the Diversity by Design Symposium is to reframe the diversity debate by expanding the definition of diversity and bringing together institutions of higher education, information and cultural institutions, community partners, and governmental organizations.

· Clara Chu U of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, “Diversity on the Library and Information Agenda: The Local-Global Nexus”
· Samra Habib Artist, Toronto ‘Just Me and Allah’: Witnessing Queer Muslims’ Lived Experiences
· Kayla Lar-Son U of Alberta, “All We Need Is Some Diverse Students? Thinking Differently about Inclusive Programs”
· Lisa Nathan UBC, Vancouver, “Humility, Discomfort & Awe: Developing Our Capacity for
Engaging with Diversity”
· Ali Shiri U of Alberta, “Digital Library North: Access to Digital Cultural Heritage in the
Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) in Canada’s North”
· Charles Smith Artist, Toronto “Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Yet to Come”

In addition to keynote speeches, we seek submissions in the following categories:
· Papers (includes completed research papers and research-in-progress papers)
· Posters
· Sessions for Interactive Engagement (including interactive, hands-on workshops developed around case
studies and/or real-life scenarios)
· Alternative formats

All submissions will be refereed and subsequently considered for publication in a web-based free-access symposium proceedings, which will evolve into a ‘living document’, continuously curated by several symposium collaborators. Online proceedings will be enriched by multimedia, such as video- or audio-recorded presentations and workshops.

· Engagement of diverse populations by cultural institutions.
· Incorporating traditional knowledge and heritage knowledge of immigrant communities into Canadian information literacy policy.
· Developing cultural competency through interdisciplinary art.
· Combining LIS and Social Work practices for community empowerment and partnership.
· Beyond employment equity (affirmative action) programs: Creating collegial and supportive workplaces to ensure the retention of diverse staff.
· Decolonizing descriptions in archives, libraries and museums.
· A semblance of the “accessible”? Making cultural and learning experiences in museums and entertainment venues inclusive of people with disabilities.
· Declaring the “global” but teaching the “local,” or How to make our graduate curriculum truly international.

Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2017, 10:00pm EST. All submissions must be in English or French. All submissions must include the author’s name and position; full affiliation including email and telephone; a brief bio; presentation title, up to five keywords, and an extended abstract of no longer than 1000 words. Email your submissions to: diversitybydesign2017@gmail.com. We specifically encourage submissions that propose interactive engagement sessions as well as papers and posters involving community-oriented research, community engagement projects, and practical applications of theory. We welcome submissions from outside of Canada.

· March 31, 2017 (10pm EST): Proposal submission deadline (extended abstracts).
· April 30, 2017: Refereeing/peer-review completed; acceptance/rejection decisions.
· September 13-14, 2017: Diversity by Design Symposium.

This symposium is organized by Dr. Nadia Caidi (Faculty of Information, U of Toronto) and Dr. Keren Dali (School of Library and Information Studies, U of Alberta) and supported by a SSHRC Connection – Connecting for Canada’s 150 grant, and by the following partners:
· The Faculty of Information, U of Toronto
· The McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology
· The Ontario Trillium Foundation
· The Toronto City Archives
· The Art Gallery of Ontario
· The Ontario Library Association

For information, contact Dr. Caidi (nadia.caidi@utoronto.ca) and Dr. Dali (kdali@ualberta.ca). For general inquiries, email us at diversitybydesign2017@gmail.com


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