iDiversity recently hosted a “Project Planning Meeting” to get moving on three new and very different projects. Read below to see a description of each project, or watch our meeting’s video to hear us talk about each opportunity! If you are interested in participating to any degree in any of these projects, please contact us at iDiversity.UMD@gmail.com!
The Second Chance Books Project is a decade-long literacy collaboration between the Austin Public Library and the Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center in Austin, Texas. The program provides access to two browsing libraries of high-interest titles for the teens housed at the short- and long-term facilities at Gardner Betts. It also pairs youth librarians with units for monthly readers advisory groups, where librarians introduce new books through booktalks and read-alouds, and teens discuss what they’ve been reading with their peers, and make requests for new books. Guest contributor, Kathleen Houlihan, is the Youth Program Librarian for the Austin Public Library, and has served as the program coordinator for the Second Chance Books Project since 2009. Be sure to join iDiversity on Friday, April 19th at 5:30pm in HBK 2119 for this month’s panel discussion “Empowerment Through Information: Librarianship for At-Risk & Incarcerated Youth.” -Kim White, iDiversity President
Making the decision to break into research brings about a catalog of questions. ‘How do I find a project?’ ‘How do I choose a topic?’ ‘Do I need approval from IRB?’ This month, iDiversity hopes to address these questions and more. On Friday, February 22nd at 5:30pm in HBK 2119, we’ll be hosting a panel discussion on research in the iSchool, including the stresses and rewards of the research process. Until then, iDiversity Treasurer and iSchool PhD student, Ursula Gorham-Oscilowski, shares a little about her path to research.
On November 8 and 9, 2012, the University of Maryland’s iSchool and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) hosted the Symposium on Diversity and Library and Information Science Education at the University of Maryland. This event was the first national Symposium devoted to the intersection of diversity, inclusion, information, and education. Along with the iSchool and iPAC, the event was sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the University of Maryland’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
On October 18, 2012, iDiversity presented “Educational Technologies and Navigating the Digital Divide” with national presenter and decorated educator Joquetta Johnson of BCPS [AKA The Digital Diva]. The 1 hour talk started at 4:30pm in College Park at the Hornbake Building (South Wing) Room 4113 and was simulcast via Skype to Shady Grove Room 3216 hosted by Mega Subramaniam. There was a half hour “bonus” talk on collaboration in the school library setting conducted following the presentation.