Career Preparation: San José State University iSchool 2020 Diversity Webinar Series

Career Preparation: San José State University iSchool 2020 Diversity Webinar Series

The SJSU iSchool Diversity Committee invites you to attend our 2020 Diversity Webinar Series. All are welcome to attend these free webcasts and registration is not required. The sessions will be recorded and made available on the on-demand webcast page about two weeks after each event date. Webinars take place once a month from February-May and August-November 2020.

Librarians Being Open-Minded Professionals: Fostering Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity

FEBRUARY 12, 2020 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM KIERA VARGAS

Librarians are the gateway for change in our communities, in corporate America, and educational systems. In 2020, our society is still attempting to find ways to include all individuals by fostering the awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The problem with this notion is many fail to conquer the first step, which is being open-minded. In a profession where we reach doctors, lawyers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and most importantly our youth, we must step out of our comfort zones to learn beyond our educational practices. To truly assist in our profession, we must accept a new proposal: dismiss preconceived notions and practice “open-mindedness,” which is the first step to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Individuals requiring real-time captioning/closed captions or other accommodations should contact Sue Alman as soon as possible.

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. Pacific Time
Location: Online via Zoom
Session Linkhttps://sjsu.zoom.us/j/618275849

What is Mindfulness, Anyway?

MARCH 10, 2020 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM JAMIE LIN, MLIS

Everyone’s talking about it as a way to de-stress, be more productive, and improve mental health. It’s now a billion-dollar business that includes corporate trainings, apps, products, and online courses… but what actually is mindfulness, anyway? This webinar will examine the recent popularity of mindfulness in Western society, as well as its history and tradition as a Buddhist spiritual practice. What parts of mindfulness have been embraced and adopted by our culture, and which portions have been ignored? What do its proponents rave about, and what do its critics argue? Is mindfulness a cultural movement, or is it a fad? Is it a spiritual endeavor, or an intellectual one? Is it political or apolitical, activist or apathetic? Is it an example of globalization, or is it cultural appropriation? These are some of the questions that will arise during the exploration of this topic. You’ll come away with a greater understanding of mindfulness, be able to detangle the ongoing conversations surrounding it, and perhaps develop a curiosity to learn more!

Individuals requiring real-time captioning/closed captions or other accommodations should contact Sue Alman as soon as possible.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. Pacific Time
Location: Online via Zoom
Session Linkhttps://sjsu.zoom.us/j/745600971

Beyond Routine Library Services to Immigrants: A Discussion on the Role of Information in Migration

APRIL 16, 2020 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM DR. ANA NDUMU

Library services to immigrants have historically followed a narrow service provision model that overlooks the broader role of information and libraries in migration. In this presentation, Dr. Ndumu will discuss the cross between libraries, social inclusion, and push/pull migration factors. The presentation will end with two initiatives that are transforming library ideology on immigrants.

Individuals requiring real-time captioning/closed captions or other accommodations should contact Sue Alman as soon as possible.

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. Pacific Time
Location: Online via Zoom
Session Linkhttps://sjsu.zoom.us/j/466309483

The Publishing Librarian: Becoming a Publisher, Starting a Printing Press, & Creating Content!

MAY 13, 2020 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM YAGO CURA

This webinar will discuss the “pocket” economics and history of publishing; participants will learn the advantages of an ISBN, how to buy a stack of ISBNs, and receive guidance about whether print-on-demand or going with a smaller printing house benefits your bottom line.

Individuals requiring real-time captioning/closed captions or other accommodations should contact Sue Alman as soon as possible.

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. Pacific Time
Location: Online via Zoom
Session Linkhttps://sjsu.zoom.us/j/114827896

Cultural Humility in Practice: Knowledge Equity and the K’acha Willaykuna Collaborative

AUGUST 26, 2020 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM PAMELA ESPINOSA DE LOS MONTEROS

The K’acha Willaykuna Knowledge Equity Working Group actively explores stewardship of indigenous knowledge works through decolonial information practices. Through discussions, flash-lectures, hands-on workshops and community projects, the group actively works to support the preservation of Indigenous knowledge in response to marked knowledge equity gaps of non-Western languages, cultures and histories. This session will reflect on the role of cultural humility in the development of the K’acha Willaykuna Collaborative as an example of closing the gap between EDI values and practice.

Individuals requiring real-time captioning/closed captions or other accommodations should contact Sue Alman as soon as possible.

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. Pacific Time
Location: Online via Zoom
Session Linkhttps://sjsu.zoom.us/j/375613499

Beyond Platitudes: Making EDI Actionable

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM MIMOSA SHAH

Diversity and equity are fundamental values of librarianship. How can we take these values and make them actionable at our respective organizations? Learn how to create and sustain an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) committee at your library, including how to set goals, write a charge statement, and strategies that can be used to promote continuing education for staff on topics related to equity, indigeneity, accessibility, and inclusion. 

Individuals requiring real-time captioning/closed captions or other accommodations should contact Sue Alman as soon as possible.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. Pacific Time
Location: Online via Zoom
Session Linkhttps://sjsu.zoom.us/j/979888668

Integrating Cultural Humility into Librarianship

OCTOBER 13, 2020 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM TWANNA HODGE

In this session, participants will learn the concept of cultural humility, the difference between cultural competency and cultural humility, the rationale for integrating cultural humility into librarianship, and the several recommendations on how to do so.

Individuals requiring real-time captioning/closed captions or other accommodations should contact Sue Alman as soon as possible.

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. Pacific Time
Location: Online via Zoom
Session Linkhttps://sjsu.zoom.us/j/480826421

Moving Beyond Diversity to Anti-Oppression

NOVEMBER 17, 2020 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM MAX MACIAS

A presentation on how to incorporate anti-racist ideas, concepts and actions that can act as a model for anti-oppression library practices. Participants will be able to:

  • explain the concept of anti-racism 
  • identify racist policies, procedures and practices in their library
  • apply anti-racist concepts in the library
  • critique current library policies with an anti-racist analysis

Individuals requiring real-time captioning/closed captions or other accommodations should contact Sue Alman as soon as possible.

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. Pacific Time
Location: Online via Zoom
Session Linkhttps:/sjsu.zoom.us/j/763895527

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