Although I am no longer at a community college, I am finishing my term as a member of the Community and Junior College Libraries Section’s (CJCLS) Communications committee. This is a post I wrote for the CJCLS blog earlier this week. I also wrote a follow-up post that I published this morning. I will be working on another post for the CJCLS Blog during the week of Halloween. I also post these to the CJCLS listserv and the CJCLS Facebook page.
Now that it’s mid-October, many of us are in the thick of teaching research skills in the classroom and at our virtual and physical reference desks. How do you help create an inclusive learning environment? How do you learn about reaching diverse populations in your instruction?
In August of this year, several of us from the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Instruction Section committee on Instruction for Diverse Populations (ISDivPops) presented a poster at the National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), “Reading About Diversity: Developing and Reflecting on Inclusive Instructional Resources.” The poster outlined the work we did in the 2015/2016 academic year, which consisted of updating the Instruction for Diverse Populations bibliography.
The ISDivPops committee’s charge is “[t]o support instruction librarians in providing instructional services to diverse populations. The committee reviews, researches new content, updates, and promotes…
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