Library Diversity Committee
January 11th, 2010
Emily Love, Chairing Meeting
Minute Taker, Paula Carns
Present: Cindy Ingold, co-chair; Paula Carns, Emily Love, Kim Matherly, Geoff Ross, Gennye Varvel, Pam Ward
Absent: Cindy Kelly
Volunteers and Setup-The committee will be helping with seating at the upcoming Library-wide retreat.
Tasks to be done:
Cindy will bring gift bags to hold the numbers.
The committee discussed how it might promote civility in the Library and brainstormed on ideas. As background reading, Cindy provided us with Penn State University's civility team charge. Ideas presented were: to ask the Library Executive Committee to consider charging a separate civility committee; to have the Diversity Committee take charge of this area; to have the Diversity Committee look at what has already been done on civility in the Library, such as through the Customer Services Survey, and to speak with various people in the Library about the best direction to take. After a lively brainstorming session, the committee agreed at present to fold civility into its activities and to focus on this area next year with the aim of coming up with a civility statement and some guidelines. The committee might use the Snack Break format to generate input. Cindy I. will set up a meeting with Beth Woodard, Scott Walter, Emily Love and Cindy Kelly.
Kim raised the issue of how the Library can better support visiting scholars and faculty who tend to rely heavily on the Info Desk to help them with their research. Often these patrons lack a strong command of English and thus cannot take advantage of the Library's services and collections. Is there some way the Diversity Committee can help these patrons. At present, the Committee has no firm ideas on this issue but will consider it in future.
Emily alerted us to the fact that the postcards announcing the Library's Diversity Statement are done. She will print 100 copies and send them to each of the libraries as well as to Library Human Resources and the Library's Office of Advancement.
Geoff told us that the History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library now receives one more online African-American newspapers: the Baltimore African American both whose holdings go back several decades. Now the Library subscribes to six major African American newspapers online.
Next Meeting: February 8th, 2011
Chair: Cindy Ingold
Minute Taker: Kim Matherly