Recruiting and Retaining Librarians from Underrepresented Minoritized Groups
Dates: July 6th through August 7th, 2020
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
We have been discussing the lack of diversity among librarians for decades, but librarianship remains overwhelmingly white. This is at least in part due to the influence of unexamined biases affecting the recruitment of librarians of color, and a failure to retain many of the librarians of color who are hired.
This course will address recruitment strategies that will improve your chance of attracting a diverse pool of applicants and minimize the influence of unintended biases in the selection process. Of course, hiring is just the first step to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We will also address factors that influence the long term retention of librarians from underrepresented minority groups.
- Discuss strategies to minimize the effect of implicit bias in hiring practices
- Discuss strategies to recruit a diverse pool of applicants
- Identify factors that affect your library’s likelihood of retaining librarians from underrepresented minority groups
This course can be taken as one of four courses needed to earn our Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Skills, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Angela Pashia is an Associate Professor / Librarian at the University of West Georgia. Angela has a Masters in Information Science & Learning Technologies, with an emphasis in library science, from the University of Missouri, and a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. Angela is currently focusing on practicing critical pedagogies and incorporating social justice issues into the credit bearing information literacy course offered at UWG. Angela is co-editor (with Jessica Critten) of the book Critical Approaches to Credit-bearing Information Literacy Courses, available in Fall 2018 from ACRL Press. Website, Interview with Angela Pashia
Tarida Anantachai is an Outreach Librarian at the Syracuse University Libraries, where she also serves as liaison to her campus’ international student services center, English language institute, and multicultural affairs office. Tarida received her MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include diversity, equity, and inclusion, early career development and mentoring, and outreach programming. Tarida was an ALA Emerging Leader and is an alumna of the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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