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Appendix4.2: SLIS Diversity Committee Annual Summaries 2005-2010

TO: SLIS Diversity Committee (Marilyn Irwin, Susan Herring)
cc: Blaise Cronin, Debora Shaw, Danny Callison, Javed Mostafa
cc: Howard Rosenbaum and Tom Nisonger (Program Directors)
FROM: Rhonda Spencer, Diversity Committee Chair
DATE: 11/8/05
RE: Diversity Initiatives Update
(last summary 10/29/04)
  • About once a year, Blaise requests a summary of diversity initiatives. These summaries help us reflect on what we have done, and what we might do. They also help with SLIS reporting needs. Below is more of a work copy. Feel free to touch base with any questions or ideas.
  • Diversity Committee Charge: To provide advice and planning for the School's diversity initiatives in the areas of student recruitment and retention.
  • SLIS Diversity Definition:
    The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) strives to make all students feel welcome. Saying that we value diversity is a way to say that we want students to feel welcome - all students - from all backgrounds. We want to create an educational atmosphere that is inviting, respectful, and that values human dignity and individuality.
    (drafted 6/03 - final version 8/04)

Diversity Initiatives Update, SLIS Indianapolis

  • Michael Butler-Harley, a newly admitted student to SLIS Indianapolis, is the recipient of an ALA (American Library Association) Spectrum Scholarship.
  • Kafi Kumasi Johnson is one of four IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) doctoral student fellowship recipients supported by the collaborative grant coordinated by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education, Bloomington and the School of Library and Information Science, Indianapolis.
  • Scholarship dollars won by minority SLIS, Indianapolis students in 2002-2005 (including IMATES and Spectrum) totals $90,000.
  • Adjunct faculty: In 2005, two Asian Americans, two African Americans, and one Latino taught for SLIS, Indianapolis. In 2006, two additional African Americans have agreed to teach for the program in 2006.
  • Marilyn Irwin provided some statistical information for SLIS Indianapolis showing an increase in students of US ethnic minority heritage.

Diversity Initiatives Update, SLIS Bloomington

November 2005

2nd Annual Men of Color Leadership Conference, IU Bloomington - hosted in part by the FASE Mentoring Program. SLIS is helping to sponsor the conference ($600.) We will have a full page ad in their program, and have invited four SLIS students (2 of African American heritage and 2 of Latin American heritage) to help represent SLIS.

• DeLoice Holliday (SLIS Diversity Liaison), with her assistant (SLIS student, Christina Wray) have created a bibliography for the conference to be published in the program booklet.

October 2005

Affirmative Action Plan, IU Bloomington, 2004-2005:
Email from Julie Knost, University Director, Office of Affirmative Action stated "The School of Library and Information Science is the only school on campus which fully utilizes women and minorities within their faculty." For more details see: the IU Bloomington Affirmative Action Plan, 2004-2005.

Joint Recruiting with African American Studies: Per the request of A.B. Assensoh, African American Studies, we sent fliers about our joint program (MLS/MA) for a recruiting trip that Associate Dean Claude Clegg was making to Beijing. Dr. Asssensoh is working to recruit in the "huge Asian educational market." He connected Dean Clegg with a friend of his who "is one of the top officials of the Beijing Center of International P.E.N. writers association (an organization for Poets, Playwrights, Essayists and Novelists)" - stating "we have been P.E.N. members for years and attended annual meetings in Europe, Asia and Africa together."

International Recruiting: With the help of SLIS international faculty and an international SLIS student, we created a set of labels for 37 international contacts. Our goal is to begin establishing contacts with libraries, academic advisors, and information science departments in other countries - to help with recruiting. Sent SLIS posters, viewbooks and a note.

September 2005

SLIS L620 "African American Information Sources and Services" Class Trip led by instructor Grace Jackson-Brown: SLIS rented a campus van for this class to attend the "100th Year Celebration of the 1st U.S. Full-Service African American Library" in Louisville Kentucky on 9/23/05. The event was advertised on the ALA's Black Caucus listserv. The class had studied some of the history of this library, including information about the founding librarian Thomas Fountain Blue. DeLoice Holliday, SLIS Diversity Liaison and the IU Multicultural Librarian attended with the class. Jackson-Brown is also the African American Cultural Center Librarian at IU Bloomington.

Black Culture Center's "Annual Black Student Leadership Retreat" scheduled for 9/10/05 - SLIS co-sponsored the event giving $750 to cover the luncheon. One of the goals is to recruit undergraduate students from the IU campus. SLIS was invited by Oyibo Afoaku, the Center's Director. They usually have about 100 IU undergraduates attend who are interested in leadership roles. We sent SLIS flashing pens and brochures for the students attending, too.

Hudson and Holland Scholars "Exploring Graduate School Options" Fair - (co-sponsored by GROUPS and the Graduate School), IUB - Monday, 9/26/05: SLIS had a booth; Howard Rosenbaum spoke about the MIS program at a breakout session; SLIS MLS student Ryon Cobb participated in a Graduate Students Panel. — The organizers reported that 199 students attended some part of the fair.

Joint Recruiting with African American Studies: Professor A.B. Assensoh was named the "Honorary Academic Football Coach" for the IU-Nichols State game. We talked about recruiting with IU athletics for our dual MLS/MA. He is going to help advertise with the athletic department advisors.

Lorelle Brown Swader (MLS'86) from the ALA National Office, Office of Human Resources and Development expressed a willingness via phone for serving on the SLIS Alumni Board. I notified SLIS Alumni Board President, Keith Kuhn. (Lorelle is of African American heritage and has offered support to SLIS.)

Web Development - Established a credit voucher for international students who are admitted and begin at SLIS to receive $200 back to their bursar's account - by submitting a form printed from our website. This is to offset the SEVIS and VISA fees - and was a suggestion at the International Symposium in April.

July 2005

Diversity Liaison for SLIS Admissions and Alumni Relations established: DeLoice Holliday, the Indiana University Multi-Cultural Librarian (and a SLIS alumni) agreed to the position. In exchange for travel reimbursement to attend professional conferences in support of diversity recruitment (particularly ALA and ILF), and SLIS alumni events — for up to $2,000 per year for two years, she will work:

  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by emailing, advising, and coordinating campus efforts with the Director of Admissions (as you have done). By formalizing your role, and adding stories to our website, we hope to make students feel more welcome and included.
  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by improving alumni relations, and attending professional association conferences.
  • To help support SLIS diversity recruiting in a broad multicultural sense and to provide advice to the SLIS Director of Admissions.
  • DeLoice has served on the ALA Diversity Committee (national level), and currently manages a national diversity listserv for ALA. She will attend the 2006 "Joint Conference of Librarians of Color" for SLIS.

Diversity Budget and Diversity Liaison developed and formalized - with suggestions, support, and approval from Sarah Burton, Debora Shaw, and Blaise Cronin. Blaise approves committing $10,000 for diversity initiatives. The first two items are for (1) DeLoice Holliday as a Diversity Liaison ($2,000), and (2) $750 for co-sponsorship of the Black Culture Center's "Annual Black Student Leadership Retreat" scheduled for 9/10/05.

Meeting with Edwardo Rhodes, IU Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Support and Diversity and Associate Vice-President, Bryan Hall, IUB — discussed campus minority recruiting strategies. Discussed IU's presence at the Indianapolis Black Expo.

Ronaldo Martinez, Professor and Librarian, University of Puerto Rico (and SLIS Alumni) requested his annual supply of SLIS brochures and pens to give to his students to help encourage them to consider graduate school at SLIS. We had nominated Ronaldo for the IU Distinguished Latino Alumni Award in March 2004.

Article submitted by Rhonda Spencer to "Versed" (Bulletin of the ALA Office of Diversity) - at the suggestion of DeLoice Holliday. ALA asked that it be expanded and resubmitted. It was resubmitted in August 2005 with the title "Change through Collaboration" - possibly to be included in the January/February 2006 issue.

GROUPS Program at IUB - they recruit first generation college and minority students to the IUB campus, bringing students in during the summer for early introductions to campus - to help make them more successful as freshmen. Students have advising and tutoring support throughout their undergraduate programs. And, their advisors help with graduate school decisions. SLIS gave 200 pencils, bookmarks, and fliers for distribution to help students consider SLIS as an option for graduate school.

June 2005

Met with Oyibo Ayfoaku, Director, Black Culture Center, IUB - discussed sponsoring events with them in the fall.

Targeted Recruitment Mailings: Fliers to "Historically Black Colleges", to the "Association of Black Culture Center (ABCC)" members, "African Studies Departments", Chicago Universities (selected by SLIS student of African American heritage from the area); IU Northwest departments; McNair Program Advisors; Tribal Colleges... (Most label sets were created by our office.)
• Mailings are sent several times a year to most of these audiences.

Web Development: Worked on developing better web information for international students on the SLIS website — (a followup from the International Symposium in April.)

May 2005

Met with Marlin Howard, Director, IU Intensive English Program (IEP) - on recruiting, marketing, and web strategies for better visibility between SLIS and IEP. This was a follow-up to the Symposium on 4/22/05.

April 2005

Symposium sponsored by Indiana University, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), and NAFSA (National Association of International Educators):
"In America's Interest: Welcoming International Students - The Role of Higher Education". Rhonda Spencer attended April 22, 2005 - including the working group "Reversing the Decline in the Flow of International Students through Comprehensive Recruitment Strategies."

January 2005

Relationship with DeLoice Holliday, IU Multi-Cultural Librarian being developed: A letter of support and summary of connections was sent to the IU Libraries for DeLoice Holliday's annual report. The letter highlighted ways she has helped SLIS particularly in the area of recruiting students of African American heritage.

To Whom It May Concern:

In talking with DeLoice Holliday about our work, she mentioned doing her annual report. I asked if I could write a letter of thanks for all of her contributions to the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) - particularly in the area of minority recruiting and diversity. The following are areas where her contributions have made a difference:

1. Contact for prospective students of African American heritage.

  • Email Address: DeLoice has given me permission to give out her email address to prospective students of African American heritage who have questions about living and studying here.

2. Contact for current SLIS students interested in diversity issues.

3. Advisor - for SLIS admissions and retention issues.

4. Partner for diversity events at Indiana University.

  • 14th Annual Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) Conference (11/5/04) - shared an exhibit table. (The American Library Association National Office sent resources for the table. We let them know that we were contributing in cooperation with the IU Libraries).
  • Exploring Graduate School Options Fair (10/5/04) - shared an exhibit table. The fair was sponsored for the Hudson and Holland Scholars, FASE, and GROUPS students (US minority and first generation college students) on the IU campus. 152 students attended (probably about 80 stopped at our table). The table was also shared with the African American Studies Department.

An example where these four areas of support come together is in the story of our SLIS student Tahira Akbar-Williams. Tahira called me about our program after receiving an ALA Spectrum Scholarship. She is of African American heritage. She was unsure about the environment in Bloomington and at IU. We talked a while, then I gave her DeLoice’s email address and encouraged her to ask the hard questions to DeLoice. Tahira did come to SLIS (started Fall 2003). Her time here has been rich, but she almost did not return to IU. She seriously considered transferring to another university. DeLoice’s support helped make her feel welcome at IU. Both DeLoice and I encouraged her in a “World Library Partnership” experience she had in South Africa in Summer 2004. Tahira has now begun coursework in the African American and African Diaspora Studies MA program. She is the 2nd student in the dual MA/MLS program with this department.

The human element is so important. DeLoice Holliday makes a difference at Indiana University. She has made me a better admissions director, and she has welcomed our graduate students to the IU Libraries. Feel free to contact me.

ALISE Statistical Report 2005
(SLIS Systemwide - prepared Fall 2005)
Part II: Students — Table II-4

Enrollment by Gender and Ethnic Origin

Male
Program AI AP H W I NA TOTAL
Bachelor's
ALA-Accredited Master's — Library Science* 1 93 1 2 100
Master's — Information Science* 1 2 14 5 1 23
Other Master's
Post-Master's (SpLIS) 2 3 1 6
Doctoral 3 1 10 6 20
TOTAL 1 5 4 120 13 3 149
Female
Program AI AP H W I NA TOTAL
Bachelor's
ALA-Accredited Master's — Library Science* 1 3 3 398 7 10 437
Master's — Information Science* 2 2 23 7 35
Other Master's
Post-Master's (SpLIS) 2 2
Doctoral 1 1 13 3 18
TOTAL 1 6 6 436 17 10 492

Table II-4 collects enrollment data, as well as the distribution by gender and the ethnic origin or international student status of these students, for each program level.

Please report data for students officially enrolled in Fall 2005. U. S. schools should supply breakdowns by ethnic group; Canadian schools may supply breakdowns if these data are available. All schools should supply totals. Please note that international students should be reported only in the “I” column and not in any of the ethnic categories. The ethnic category columns are limited to reporting of students who are US. (or Canadian, for Canadian schools) citizens, permanent residents, or landed immigrants.


TO: SLIS Diversity Committee (Marilyn Irwin, Susan Herring) cc: Blaise Cronin, Debora Shaw
cc: DeLoice Holliday, SLIS Diversity Liaison
cc: Howard Rosenbaum (MIS) and Tom Nisonger (MLS)
cc: Jill Clancy and Sarah Burton
FROM: Rhonda Spencer, SLIS Diversity Committee Chair
spencerr@indiana.edu
DATE: 12/5/06
RE:Diversity Initiative Update - draft- (last summary 11/8/05)

  • What have we done this past year to help with diversity recruiting?
  • What might we do in the future?

This is a draft summary document of Bloomington diversity initiatives from the past year.

Please email me additions, thoughts, suggestions.
(Marilyn - can you make a list for Indianapolis.)

These summaries are useful for both reporting and planning.

Thanks, Rhonda


  • Diversity Committee Charge: To provide advice and planning for the School's diversity initiatives in the areas of student recruitment and retention.
  • SLIS Diversity Definition: The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) strives to make all students feel welcome. Saying that we value diversity is a way to say that we want students to feel welcome - all students - from all backgrounds. We want to create an educational atmosphere that is inviting, respectful, and that values human dignity and individuality.

In general, we have developed strong ties with both Bloomington campus and national organizations that support diversity recruitment.

Other than the U.S. "minority" initiatives below, we have also worked on increasing international student recruitment. There have been many SLIS News stories posted on our website with an international/global focus. Also, our Fall 2006 alumni magazine had "SLIS is Global" as its theme.


December 2005

Two articles on minority recruitment.

  • "Models for Minority Recruitment" by R.E.L. Spencer (from American Libraries, August 2002 issue), included in The Whole Library Handbook 4, edited by American Libraries senior editor, George Eberhart (Chicago: ALA Editions, 2006).
  • "A Stronger Fabric: Diversity Recruiting at Indiana University" by Rhonda E.L. Spencer. Versed: Bulletin of the Office of Diversity, American Library Association. November-December 2005 issue.
    - Written with support and suggestion by DeLoice Holliday.

Grant project with John Nieto-Phillips, Latino Studies. SLIS provided some fee remission support for SLIS MLS student Lindsy Serrano (Puerto-Rican heritage) to work with Dr. John Nieto-Phillips, Associate Professor of History and Latino Studies, IU Bloomington on a New Frontiers Grant: "Latinos on the Digital Frontier: Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans in Print Media, 1890s-1940s."

The project included research of popular newspapers through the ProQuest Historical Newspaper Database. He approached SLIS for help finding a research assistant, and was grateful that we helped provide support. He helped Ms. Serrano make contacts in New York for job possibilities. She is currently doing an internship at the New York Public Library, and will continue there fulltime after graduation in December 2006.

February 2006

2005 Men of Color Leadership Conference (MOCLC) Thank You received. SLIS helped sponsor this event held in November 2005. It was hosted in part by the FASE Mentoring Program. Dallas J.E. Easton, Founder and Coordinator of the Conference is a FASE Mentoring Program Student Consultant, IU Bloomington. He wrote a letter of appreciation that "commended Rhonda Spencer for contributing to the affirmation of Indiana University's commitment to creating and sustaining a campus climate that promotes cultural, ethnic, and gender diversity, equity, and excellence." The MOCLC "stands committed to uniting African-American, Asian, Latino and Native American men by providing them with a venue for effective dialogue and leadership development. The attendance of over 200 individuals from Indiana to those who traveled from Maryland and Georgia illustrated the importance of such an event."

March 2006

Educational Opportunity Fellowship - This fellowship is managed by the IU Graduate School. SLIS nominated 3 students this year. SLIS MLS student Dawn Childress was selected as a recipient. Some of the criteria "first generation college student or demonstrate acute financial need; of promising academic ability even though educational and/or economic background may have hampered preparation for graduate level work."

June 2006

  • Deloice Holliday attended the SLIS Alumni reception at the ALA annual conference. She is planning to attend the Joint Conference for Librarians of Color in October — and, is presenting a paper with another SLIS graduate, Patricia "Gypsy" Tucker. We discussed plans.
  • Jose Reyes, new SLIS student, was awarded a ALA Office for Diversity Spectrum Scholarship at the ALA Annual Conference. Mr. Reyes also received addition funding from SLIS.
  • Waived application fee for Clark Whitlow, a prospective student of African-American heritage, on June 23, 2006.
  • Worked with Indiana University Libraries on possible solutions for Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center Library on June 12 and 13, 2006. There has been discussion of closing the library due to funding.
  • Proposal for scholarship from Indiana University Libraries to Dr. Charlie Nelms. Discussed collaboration with SLIS. Scholarship would be for a SLIS student to work on collection support for the Black Culture Center Library.
  • Gave 300 pens to the I.U. GROUPS program on June 14, 2006. This program brings first generation college and students of U.S. ethnic minority heritage to I.U., and provides mentoring support. SLIS continues to work to develop relationships with the IU campus minority advisors. We hope these advisors will help encourage students to consider our graduate programs.
  • Gave 200 pens to IU "Diversity Camp" counselors - in Room 033. Edwardo Rhodes was speaking. Met with Edwardo Rhodes, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Support and Diversity and Associate Vice President in July 2005 to discuss minority recruiting.

July 2006

SLIS Director of Admissions met for an hour with Oyibo H. Afoaku, Director of the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center and Grace Jackson-Brown, Department Head of the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center Library to brainstorm about diversity support and recruiting at IU Bloomington - and about issues of race - on July 19, 2006.

SLIS Director of Admissions met with DeLoice Holliday to discuss diversity recruitment efforts on July 10, 2006.

Lorelle Brown Swader (SLIS MLS alumni), Director of ALA’s Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment and new SLIS alumni board member called on July 21, 2006 and stated that she had met Keith Kuhn and he had toured the ALA office. Ms. Swader is of African-American heritage and has talked via phone with the SLIS Director of Admissions for several years about diversity recruiting. She also attended the SLIS alumni reception at the ALA Conference in New Orleans in June 2006.

SLIS assists the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color by posting flyers asking for volunteers to assist at the conference.

September 2006

Bergis Jules (MLS/MA African American Studies student) has been selected to participate in the 2006-2008 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. This program offers a stipend, a mentoring relationship, leadership training, and assistance with placement in a research library.

DeLoice Holliday, Diversity Liaison for SLIS Admissions and Alumni Relations - formal relationship extended through July 2009. The appointment was established in August 2005, and has worked well. The benefit is $2,000. a year of travel reimbursement to attend professional conferences in support of diversity recruitment and alumni relations. The "work" stated on 9/18/06 was:

  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by emailing, advising, and coordinating campus efforts with the Director of Admissions (as you have done). By formalizing your role, and adding stories to our website, we hope to make students feel more welcome and included.
  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by improving alumni relations, and attending professional association conferences.
  • To help support SLIS diversity recruiting in a broad multicultural sense and to provide advice to the SLIS Director of Admissions.

Provided 100 SLIS fliers to advertise the dual MLS/MA African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) Program - to A.B. Assensoh, Director of AAADS Graduate Studies and Admissions - per his request - for him to mail out to help recruit students.

Sponsored luncheon for the Indiana University Annual Black Student Leadership Retreat held at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center on September 9, 2006. Sponsored $750 of cost, and provided SLIS brochures and pens. This is part of a growing relationship with the Director of the Black Culture Center, Oyibo Afoaku. About 100 students were expected. Goals of the retreat included "... to focus on the leadership development of Black students... Participation in the retreat is open to all IUB students as well as students from other Higher Education institution in the state of Indiana."

SLIS Alumni Board Meeting held on 9/15/06. Several member attended the Fall Reception at the Woodburn House - including two of African American heritage: Jerome Conley and Lorelle Brown-Swader. Their presence provides support to current SLIS students. Jerome Conley is both an academic librarian and the mayor of Oxford, Ohio. Lorelle Brown-Swader works in leadership at the ALA (American Library Association) national office in Chicago, Illinois.

October 2006

Per his request, SLIS Associate Dean Debora Shaw wrote letter to Dr. A.B. Assensoh, African American and African Diaspora Studies to express support for inviting Dr. Toyin Falola, a scholar in African History, as a Patten Lecturer. His presence on campus would benefit SLIS students interested in area studies, particularly African and African-American Studies. The SLIS contacts and relationship with the African American Studies Department continues to grow.

Deloice Holliday attends the Joint Conferences of Librarians of Color with SLIS support. She presents a paper with another SLIS alumni, Patricia "Gypsy" Tucker. SLIS had a contract for $1,595. for a conference ad (insider back cover of the program book) and booth sponsorship — however, the conference returned our check due to tax form issues with their volunteer accountant.

SLIS provided a sponsorship of $500 for Bring IT on! - a diversity workshop that brought approximately 20 undergraduates from 10 different historically black colleges and universities to Indian University. The goal of the workshop was to help participants to develop K-12 Information Technology outreach programs for their communities and to encourage them to think about applying to graduate school at Indiana University.

GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellowship Proposal: Helped SLIS faculty Alice Robbin and Elin Jacob with proposal data. They are applying for a new GAANN grant. SLIS currently has five doctoral students supported by a $300,000. GAANN grant awarded in 2002 (see attached SLIS News story).

November 2006

Graduate and Professional Schools Fair at IU Bloomington: On November 1, SLIS had an information table at the Graduate and Professional Schools Fair held at the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center. The event was sponsored by the Hudson/Holland Scholars Program. This program works to increase the number of high-achieving students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. This is the 3rd year that the Hudson/Holland program managed the fair. The event was established 5 years ago jointly with SLIS and the Graduate School. By having the Hudson/Holland program manage it - they are requiring their 250 students to attend, plus inviting the GROUPS program and others to attend. They expected at least 300 students.

ARL Diversity Scholarship News Story - posted a SLIS News story on our website about Bergis Jules (MLS/MA African American Studies student). See attached story.

SLIS Alumni News - posted a SLIS News story on our website about Sandra Lockett (MLS'73 - African American heritage) appointed as the Deputy City Librarian, Milwaukee, WI (see attached).


2007

  • Diversity Committee Charge: To provide advice and planning for the School's diversity initiatives in the areas of student recruitment and retention.
  • SLIS Diversity Definition: The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) strives to make all students feel welcome. Saying that we value diversity is a way to say that we want students to feel welcome - all students - from all backgrounds. We want to create an educational atmosphere that is inviting, respectful, and that values human dignity and individuality.

Structural efforts are important. We have worked to establish relationships with campus and national leaders in the area of diversity support. These individuals, in turn, have made a difference in recruitment and retention.

1. Diversity Liaison for SLIS Admissions and Alumni Relations SLIS alumna, and Indiana University Multicultural Librarian, DeLoice Holliday has worked with SLIS for a number of years to enhance minority student support. This relationship was formalized in August 2005. The formal relationship has worked well, as was extended through July 2009. The "work" is defined as:

  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by emailing, advising, and coordinating campus efforts with the Director of Admissions (as you have done). By formalizing your role, and adding stories to our website, we hope to make students feel more welcome and included.
  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by improving alumni relations, and attending professional association conferences.
  • To help support SLIS diversity recruiting in a broad multicultural sense and to provide advice to the SLIS Director of Admissions.

Deloice Holliday attended the Joint Conferences of Librarians of Color in October 2006 with SLIS support. She presented a paper with another SLIS alumna, Patricia "Gypsy" Tucker. (Both women are of African American heritage). Ms. Holliday's presence both on campus and nationally has helped support SLIS's diversity goals.

2. ALA National Office

a. Lorelle Brown Swader (SLIS MLS alumna), Director of ALA’s Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment is now a member of the SLIS Alumni Board. She welcomed SLIS Alumni Board President, Keith Kuhn to the ALA Office in July 2006. And, in August 2007, welcomed SLIS Alumni Liaison Sarah Burton and IU Foundation representative to the ALA Office for a tour.

Ms. Swader is of African-American heritage and has talked via phone with the SLIS Director of Admissions for several years about diversity recruiting. She also attended the SLIS alumni reception at the ALA Conference in New Orleans in June 2006. She came to the SLIS Fall Reception (for current students - in Bloomington) in September 2007.

SLIS Alumni Board:
Her active presence as alumni (along with DeLoice Holliday) provides both local and national support. Jerome Conley (SLIS alumnus, also of African American heritage) has been on the SLIS Alumni Board for a number of years. He is a librarian at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio - and is the mayor of the town.

b. Spectrum Scholarships — We continue to be delighted and grateful for the ALA Spectrum Scholarship program. The 2007/2008 recipients Bergis Jules and Dan Tam Do were very appreciative.

3. Other Scholarship Resources

a. Association of Research Libraries Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce — awarded a 2007-2009 Diversity Scholar package to SLIS MLS student, Christina Thach.

b. Educational Opportunity Fellowship (Indiana University) — for first generation, economic need, and U.S. ethnic minority students. 2007-2008 awards were offered to SLIS students Christopher Goodbeer and Yhya Melham. SLIS nominates.

c. SLIS Scholarship Support — provided funding or aided in obtaining funding for students of U.S. ethnic minority heritage, including (2007-2008 Christina Thach, Mateo Palos, Sylvia Techavalitpongse, Virginia Vasquez Vought, Dan Tam Do, Christopher Goodbeer).

d. Other Indiana University Units - SLIS minority student support has also come from the IU Adaptive Technology Center, the IU African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, and the IU Folklore Department.

4. Academic Programs

SLIS dual degree programs and specialization options have helped recruit U.S. ethnic minority students. The new MLS/MA African Studies expands on a previous Specialization in African Studies Librarianship (within the MLS). The dual MLS/MA African American and African Diaspora Studies has graduated the first student: Tahira Akbar-Williams - who is now in a Ph.D. program in Ohio. Clark Whitlow and Bergis Jules are currently in the program - (all three students are of African American heritage).

SLIS also has dual degree options with Folklore, Latin American Studies, and specializations in Archives and in Digital Libraries that help attract students of U.S. ethnic minority heritage.

5. Cultural Centers and Campus Diversity Advisors

  • First Nations Center — IU has a new center to support Native American students. Lillian Casillas (the Director of the Latino Cultural Center) is the advisor to the Native American Graduate Student Association. This student group did most of the planning to establish the center Spring 2007. The SLIS Director of Admissions met with the Center in July 2007 and discussed student website support projects, professional library association contacts - and offered to sponsor an event for the Center for $500.
  • $5,000. SLIS Diversity Recruiting Support Budget - this amount is set aside for minority recruiting efforts. $2,000 supports travel for the SLIS Diversity Liaison, and $3,000 is dedicated for advertising/sponsorship efforts. Sponsorships for 2007-2008 include the Men of Color Conference (IU, November 2007) and the Latino Student Leadership Conference (IU, March 2008). By supporting these IU units and events, we are establishing relationships with advisors. These advisors in turn help students think about graduate school - and can help them consider SLIS.
  • Pens and Brochures - SLIS has given pens for several years for the new student orientation of the IU GROUPS program. We gave 200 more in June 2007. This program brings first generation college and students of U.S. ethnic minority heritage to IU, and provides mentoring support.

    We also regularly give pens to the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center for their orientation sessions, events, and conferences. We provided 100 fliers to the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program for them to mail for recruiting for their dual degree with SLIS.
  • SLIS provided a sponsorship of $500 for Bring IT on! - a diversity workshop that brought approximately 20 undergraduates from 10 different historically black colleges and universities to Indian University. The goal of the workshop was to help participants to develop K-12 Information Technology outreach programs for their communities and to encourage them to think about applying to graduate school at Indiana University. (October 2006)
  • Graduate and Professional Schools Fair at IU Bloomington (November 2006): SLIS had an information table at the Graduate and Professional Schools Fair held at the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center. The event was sponsored by the Hudson/Holland Scholars Program. This program works to increase the number of high-achieving students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. This is the 3rd year that the Hudson/Holland program managed the fair. The event was established 5 years ago jointly with SLIS and the Graduate School. By having the Hudson/Holland program manage it - they are requiring their 250 students to attend, plus inviting the GROUPS program and others to attend. They expected at least 300 students.

6. Disability Support

  • IU Adaptive Technology Center (located in the IU Wells Library) — In January 2007 we had a new SLIS student begin that was from Thailand and is legally blind. We have worked with the Adaptive Technology Center to support her. SLIS made a small scholarship for a student to work 2 hours a week at the Center to help support their scanning and other activities for course preparation.

    The relationship with SLIS and the Center has grown, and they came to us to find a student to aid another visually impaired student in another department — (the result was a SLIS student got a scholarship package through the Center.) They now regularly post internship and volunteer opportunities with us.
  • Website Accessibility - Two years ago SLIS created a fulltime web manager position. The manager has actively improved our website accessibility for visual impairment and other disabilities. The SLIS website has been regularly ranked #1 on the Google Accessible Search program. WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative a W3C sub-group) Validation and Section 508 Validation tests are regularly checked as well.

SLIS Diversity Initiatives - Update

  • notes by Rhonda Spencer, 11/18/08
  • sent to: Jean Preer, Jingfeng Xia, Blaise Cronin, Howard Rosenbaum, DeLoice Holliday, Marilyn Irwin, Jill Clancy, Sarah Burton

This is a two section informal working document from the SLIS Diversity Committee.


1. Diversity Committee

The 2008/2009 Committee includes Rhonda Spencer, Chair (Director of Admissions and Placement), Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia (SLIS faculty members). The Committee functions primarily in an advisory role. The work of the committee includes summarizing what has happened, and to think about new possibilities. It was established in 2003/2004. Over the years this committee, along with SLIS faculty and staff in general, have made steady, positive, welcoming steps in the area of diversity.

The Charge of this Committee is "to provide advice and planning for the School's diversity initiatives in the areas of student recruitment and retention."

This committee functions in part as a "think tank" - creative contributors - people that help plant seeds of ideas. The committee worked this fall to create informal documents to help us think in new ways, to help with reporting, and to help acknowledge progress. The reports included:

1) a summary of things that happened over the past year that helped support diversity.

2) answers to the question: "what would I do in the area of diversity with unlimited resources?" This is the brain-storming/think-tank question. It is meant to have the committee members spend some creative thinking time on the "what if..." questions. This effort - over time - has increased our national visibility and connections.

  •The Fall 2008 document by Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia is attached.

SLIS Diversity Definition: The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) strives to make all students feel welcome. Saying that we value diversity is a way to say that we want students to feel welcome - all students - from all backgrounds. We want to create an educational atmosphere that is inviting, respectful, and that values human dignity and individuality.

2. Key Goals:

People are important. Structure is important. We have worked to establish relationships with campus, state, and national leaders in the area of diversity support. These individuals, their organizations, committees, and connections have, in turn, made a difference in recruitment and retention.

A welcoming atmosphere is essential to diversity recruiting. SLIS makes customer service is a top priority. We try to treat people as individuals, and try to help them make supporting connections so that they can be successful in graduate studies at SLIS.

3. Diversity Liaison for SLIS Admissions and Alumni Relations: DeLoice Holliday

SLIS alumna, Indiana University Multicultural Librarian, and the Librarian for the IU Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Library, DeLoice Holliday has worked with SLIS for a number of years to enhance minority student support. This relationship was formalized in August 2005 - with SLIS providing annual travel support funds. DeLoice Holliday's work on campus, state, and national committees has helped with SLIS recruitment, retention, and awareness in the area of diversity.

Her role at SLIS:
  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by emailing, advising, and coordinating campus efforts with the Director of Admissions. By formalizing her role, and adding stories to our website, we hope to make students feel more welcome and included.
  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by improving alumni relations, and attending professional association conferences.
  • To help support SLIS diversity recruiting in a broad multicultural sense and to provide advice to the SLIS Director of Admissions.
DeLoice Holliday:
  • IU Campus - Affirmative Action and Diversity Committee
  • IU Campus - Provost - Diversity Committee
  • State Level: President of the Indiana Black Librarians Network (2006-2008) - which has about 50 paid members, but more on their listserv (80-85).
  • State Level: Task Force Committee - for the IMLS Diversity Grant with the Indiana State Library
  • National: moderated national listerv for Black Librarians Caucus
  • National: ALA Office of Literacy and Outreach Services
    *helped with brochure "Non-English Speakers in US Public Libraries"
  • National: ACRL Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee
  • National: Diversity in Libraries Conference - Louisville, KY (Oct.08)
    *Note: This was co-sponsored by the Kentucky Library Association Conference. Fannie Cox (SLIS alumna, also of African American heritage) is the new President of the KLA.

4. Student-to-Student; Campus Contacts

  • Current students of US ethnic minority heritage are regularly asked to be an email contact with a prospective student.
  • Campus Culture Center Advisors are willing to be email contacts with prospective students. They also offer support roles, networking opportunities, and events.
  • IU Librarians of minority heritage, and who are collection managers in cultural disciplines, are supportive of SLIS students. They provide internship placements, part-time jobs, mentoring, and the guest speak in classes and for student groups.

5. Joint Degree Programs

SLIS Bloomington offers a number of joint degree programs. Each program offers contacts with diverse faculty, and opens options for different career niches. A partial list is included here. Both subject librarians, and the departmental faculty of these areas, have increased support for students of different cultural heritages. Extra scholarship opportunities are available through these academic units.

6. SLIS Alumni Board; SLIS Alumni Relations

  • Two members of the SLIS Alumni Board (one is the current President) are of African American heritage. Jerome Conley (MLS'90) works at the King Library, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He was a past Mayor of Oxford, Ohio. Lorelle Swader (MLS'86) works at the American Library Association, Chicago, Illinois. Both are leaders. Both are committed to diversity recruiting, and career support.
  • Sarah Burton (SLIS Alumni Relations) has worked with the SLIS Alumni Board, the IU Alumni Association, the IU Foundation, and others to host alumni events at professional association meetings. These events help build good relationships for the school which then helps with recruiting. The July 2008 Reception at the American Library Association Conference was attended by five SLIS graduates of African American heritage (Jerome Conley, Lorelle Swader, DeLoice Holliday, Fannie Cox, and Yolanda Cooper). These leaders are making a difference.

7. SLIS News, SLIS Alumni Magazine

  • Stories about SLIS graduates of US ethnic minority heritage are being intentionally sought and included in SLIS News stories on our website, and in the SLIS Alumni Magazine. It is hoped that these stories will help prospective students see the interesting career options available.

8. SLIS at Indiana University (System-Wide)

Understanding our state demographics, and working with Indiana University system-wide has been important. A 2003 Report on the Status of Minorities at Indiana University included an Ethnic Breakdown for Indiana in 2000 (White = 85.8%; African American = 8.3%; Latino = 3.5%). The largest population concentrations of persons of African American and Latino heritage were in Indianapolis, Gary, South Bend, and Fort Wayne. The SLIS Indianapolis campus manages distance learning opportunities to Gary, South Bend, and Fort Wayne. This helps the School reach out to the larger population centers for Indiana residents of US ethnic minority heritage.

SLIS Bloomington also does targeted mailings throughout the state of Indiana to libraries (academic and public), campus career centers, and academic departments. The goal is to help increase visibility for the career paths in the field, and the options of graduate studies at SLIS.

9. Disabilities and Student Support

The IU Adaptive Technology Center (ATC) has a strong partnership with SLIS. It has developed over several years. A legally blind MIS student from Thailand provided the initial contact. (That student is now in the SLIS Ph.D. in Information Science degree program.) SLIS has given several students small amounts of tuition fee remission (for 1-2 courses) to help partner with ATC on hiring. The ATC has had a hard time finding strong assistants, and the SLIS relationship and support has helped them.

SLIS has identified both a SLIS student with a math background, and another with a music background, to help with particularly difficult conversion work for the ATC for blind students in other departments. These two subject areas are particularly challenging. The experiences increase awareness and skills for SLIS students in future careers.

In addition, SLIS students have been hired by the Office of Disabled Student Services as note-takers the SLSI blind student. The connection was made through recommendation by the ATC.

10. Website Strategies

  • Continue to add links to diversity scholarships (particularly from professional associations)
  • Continue to work on news stories that include minority students
  • Summer 2008 with the support and ideas of Marilyn Irwin (SLIS Indianapolis Associate Dean), and Dale Wray (SLIS Bloomington Web Manager) - Dale worked on the Text Re-Sizing Feature for our SLIS websites. He has worked regularly on web accessibility issues.

11. Campus Initiatives

SLIS has co-sponsored campus events to support minority recruitment to graduate school. For example, in Fall 2007 we provided $500. for the IU Men of Color Leadership Conference, plus pens and brochures. They had about 170 in attendance. The goal (in addition to helping make them successful), is to help build relationships. These advisors can help students think about graduate school at the point of readiness.

We provide brochures for campus recruiters attending CIC (Committee for Institutional Cooperation) events. This includes Big Ten schools that go to minority student recruiting fairs around the U.S. Building goodwill for Indiana University helps SLIS recruit students.

Campus recruiters have also attended the SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) graduate school fairs. SLIS has made personal contacts with these recruiters, so that they know about our degree/career options.

Educational Opportunity Fellowships: SLIS advertises on our website, and regularly nominates students for this fellowship. Most years, 1-2 SLIS students receive packages. The fellowship use to focus only on US ethnic minorities - but has now been expanded to first generation college students, and students with serious need.

12. International

There are a number of initiatives for international graduate student recruitment and support. These enrich and complement support of students of US ethnic minority heritage.

There are also student groups for Africa, Asia, Latin America, Saudi Arabia, and other regions of the world. These student groups host special events with cultural themes. They are welcoming groups and add richness to the campus.

13. Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity Fellowships

This week three SLIS Bloomington and seven SLIS Indianapolis students received the good news of being selected for this fellowship. They receive about 36 hours of tuition remission, $15,000, plus travel and mentoring support. This is the first year of three. Ten students will receive awards each year.
Details: http://in.webjunction.org/663/articles/content/4617125

Excerpt from SLIS News Story:
http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=1794

Indiana Receives $1 Million Grant for Librarian Diversity Initiative
Grant provides scholarships and professional opportunities to racially and ethnically diverse students.

Press Release - Indiana State Library - June 20, 2008

"The Indiana State Library and the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Indianapolis were awarded a $1 million federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the "Librarians Leading in Diversity (LLID)" project. The grant was given as part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Additionally, the project is supported by the Indiana State Library's Diversity Advisory Council, Academic Libraries of Indiana, Administrators of Large Public Libraries in Indiana, the Indiana Black Librarians Network, the Indiana Library Federation, and the Indiana Special Libraries Association..."

14. Closing Thoughts

SLIS - in partnership with campus, state, and national organizations - is able to accomplish a great deal in the area of diversity. The key to the accomplishments are individual people. With gratitude, and with pleasure, SLIS will continue to work on welcoming students of all ethnic and cultural heritages. The future looks bright and interesting. Digital library initiatives are reaching all over the world. Opportunities for SLIS graduates will be interesting, and will provide places of creativity.

If I had unlimited funds, I would make graduate education more affordable for everyone. The issue of student loan debt is significant. I would also sponsor more networking and career events. Travel support for students to attend state and national conferences would be nice. The more students can understand professional networking and career options - the better their chances are for successful careers.


Diversity Report

Indiana University
School of Library and Information Science-Indianapolis

Mission and Goals

Part of the mission of the IU School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is to promote diversity. Voted by the full faculty of SLIS in May 2004, the mission of the School is as follows:

“The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science is committed to fostering excellence and innovation in the education of information professionals, the creation of new knowledge, and service to a diverse society in a dynamically changing global information environment.”

IU SLIS Indianapolis, as part of the School, shares the same mission. Located on the campus of IUPUI, IU SLIS Indianapolis also shares its mission to promote

“the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity.”

To achieve these missions, IU SLIS Indianapolis seeks to

“create a climate within the School that fosters intellectual engagement, openness and exploration, respect, support, and diversity.”

“continue enhancing the diversification of the faculty.”

Diversity Efforts

A series of diversity initiatives and activities were taken in the past year at IU SLIS-Indy to promote a more diverse student, faculty, and staff and to create an environment that advances an appreciation of diversity in all its forms. The following highlight our diversity efforts.

A) Goal: To diversify the student population by increasing the proportion of minority students by 2% to 5% from 2005-2008.

Discussion: Under-represented student groups have been encouraged to enroll in the program, including male, out-of-state, and minority students. In 2007-2008, 7.5% of the total students were minorities, an increase of 0.6% to the previous year; 16.8% students were male; and 3.9% students were from other states.

To further a diverse student body, representatives of IU SLIS Indianapolis cooperated with staff of the Indiana State Library to secure a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to provide fellowships for students of diverse backgrounds. The successful proposal for Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity (LLID) provides grant funds of nearly $ 1 million to help recruit and educate 30 ethnically and racially diverse students. Fellowship recipients will each receive a full tuition remission for the 36-hour SLIS program in Indianapolis or Bloomington, a living stipend up to $15,000, additional money for orientation and travel, and a professional mentor. They will be provided opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, and community services.

In fall 2008, the fellowship process drew applications from 17 African American students to IU SLIS Indianapolis as well as applications to IU SLIS Bloomington.

Associate Dean Marilyn Irwin and Professor Jean Preer serve on the Advisory Council for the grant. They also served as members of the Indiana State Library Diversity Initiatives Task Force that helped develop the grant application and attended meetings throughout 2007-2008.

Future activity: Continue work with the Indiana State Library and with IU SLIS Bloomington to ensure successful implementation of the grant.

B) Goal: To increase the diversity of the IU SLIS Indianapolis faculty.

Discussion: A new hire who joined the faculty in January 2008 increased the rate of under-represented groups in the faculty population. A current search for several new faculty members also seeks to include candidates with diverse backgrounds. These positions were advertised in a variety of publications in order to reach a broad pool of potential applicants.

C) Goal: To create a climate within the School that fosters diversity.

Discussion: As part of the campus effort to create a more welcoming environment, IU SLIS Indianapolis seeks to work with committees at IUPUI in supporting activities that promote the diversity of student, staff, and faculty populations. Jingfeng Xia has succeeded Mary Alice Ball as the SLIS representative on IUPUI’s enrollment committee and is pleased to observe an increase the diversity of students enrolled at the university. In 2007, IUPUI’s total minority enrollment has climbed to number 2 in all IU systems (15.8%), 2% higher than at IU-Bloomington. Among undergraduates, the proportion of international students has increased 56% from 2006 to 2007. Jean Preer is now representing SLIS on the IUPUI Diversity Council and will attend its meeting on November 18. Other means to accomplish this goal in future include participating in workshops and other related activities at IUPUI that work for diversify teaching, learning and research and working with the IUPUI University Library on issues of joint concern related to diversity.

Future activity: Review school materials to ascertain how the School’s commitment to diversity is expressed.

D) Goal: To increase faculty and student participation in diversity activities of local and state professional library institutions.

Discussion: IU SLIS Indianapolis has established contact with the Black Librarians of Indiana, and in 2006, faculty participated in their meeting. In March 2009, IUPUI will host a Library Career EXPO: Indiana Librarianship in the 21st Century for those interested in librarianship. Lorelle Swader, an IU SLIS alum and Director of the Office for Human Resources Development and Recruitment of the American Library Association, will be a featured speaker.

Submitted by Dr. Jingfeng Xia and Dr. Jean Preer, members of the IU SLIS Diversity Committee

TO: SLIS Diversity Committee:
Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia
jepreer@iupui.edu; xiaji@iupui.edu
cc: Howard Rosenbaum, Marilyn Irwin, Blaise Cronin, DeLoice Holliday, Sarah Burton, Jill Clancy
FROM: Rhonda Spencer, Chair, Committee Chair spencerr@indiana.edu
DATE: January 26, 2010
RE: 2009/2010 Committee Work

1. Summary Notes by Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia (Indianapolis)
2. Summary Notes by Rhonda Spencer (Bloomington)

The 2009/2010 SLIS Diversity Committee includes Rhonda Spencer, Chair (Director of Admissions and Placement), Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia (SLIS faculty members). The Committee functions primarily in an advisory role. The work of the committee includes summarizing what has happened, and thinking about new possibilities. It was established in 2003/2004. Over the years this committee, along with SLIS faculty and staff in general, have made steady, positive, welcoming steps in the area of diversity.

The Charge of this Committee is "to provide advice and planning for the School's diversity initiatives in the areas of student recruitment and retention."

This committee functions in part as a "think tank" - creative contributors - people that help plant seeds of ideas. The committee worked this fall to create informal documents to help us think in new ways, to help with reporting, and to help acknowledge progress:

a) Brain-storm - and - prepare notes…
Ask "What-if". What if we had unlimited time and money - what might we do?
b) Prepare an annual summary of diversity initiatives.

We want to be national leaders in the area of Diversity. We want to be creative thinkers in the area of Diversity. We want to contribute to a larger perspective.

SLIS Diversity Definition:

The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) strives to make all students feel welcome. Saying that we value diversity is a way to say that we want students to feel welcome - all students - from all backgrounds. We want to create an educational atmosphere that is inviting, respectful, and that values human dignity and individuality.


1. Summary Notes by Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia
(Indianapolis)

Diversity Report 2009
Indiana University
School of Library and Information Science-Indianapolis

1. Summary

This report summarizes the efforts and achievements that SLIS Indianapolis made in 2009 regarding diversity initiatives and activities, as well as the future plan for encouraging students, faculty, and staff of the minority groups to participate in our efforts.

2. Mission and Goals

Part of the mission of the IU School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is to promote diversity. Voted by the full faculty of SLIS in May 2004, the mission of the School is as follows:

“The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science is committed to fostering excellence and innovation in the education of information professionals, the creation of new knowledge, and service to a diverse society in a dynamically changing global information environment.”

SLIS Indianapolis, as part of the School, shares the same mission. Located on the campus of IUPUI, SLIS Indianapolis also shares its mission to promote

“the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity.”

To achieve these missions, SLIS Indianapolis seeks to

“create a climate within the School that fosters intellectual engagement, openness and exploration, respect, support, and diversity.”
And
“continue enhancing the diversification of the faculty.”

3. Diversity Efforts

A series of diversity initiatives and activities were taken in the past year at SLIS Indianapolis to promote a more diverse student, faculty, and staff and to create an environment that advances an appreciation of diversity in all its forms. The following highlight our diversity efforts.

Goal 1: To diversify the student population by increasing the proportion of minority students by 2% to 5% from 2005-2009.

Achievements: Under-represented student groups have been encouraged to enroll in the program, including male, out-of-state, and minority students. In 2009, 10.6% of the total students were minorities, an increase of 3.1% from the previous year; 20.3% students were male; and 3.6% students were from other states.

To further a diverse student body, representatives of SLIS Indianapolis cooperated with staff of the Indiana State Library to secure a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to provide fellowships for students of diverse backgrounds. The successful proposal for Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity (LLID) provides grant funds of nearly $ 1 million to help recruit and educate 30 ethnically and racially diverse students. Fellowship recipients each receive a full tuition remission for the 36-hour SLIS program in Indianapolis or Bloomington, a living stipend up to $15,000, additional money for orientation and travel, and a professional mentor. They are provided opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, and community services.

The IMLS-funded Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) program has brought 20 individuals to the Indianapolis campus on full fellowships. They represent Native Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Indian Americans, and African Americans. Six of the fellowship recipients are on track to graduate in May 2010. Two or three additional fellowships will be awarded in February 2010; however, some or all may attend SLIS on the Bloomington campus.

Increasingly, student applications have left the "Ethnic Information" section of the application blank. That means that any data that we have from the applications on diversity will be incomplete.

Associate Dean Marilyn Irwin and Professor Jean Preer served on the Advisory Council for the grant. They also served as members of the Indiana State Library Diversity Initiatives Task Force that helped develop the grant application and attended meetings throughout 2009-2010.

Future activity: Continue work with the Indiana State Library and with SLIS Bloomington to ensure successful implementation of the grant.

Goal 2: To increase the diversity of the SLIS Indianapolis faculty.

Achievements: A new hire who joined the faculty in June 2009 increased the rate of under-represented groups in the faculty population.

Goal 3: To create a climate within the School that fosters diversity.

Achievements: As part of the campus effort to create a more welcoming environment, SLIS Indianapolis seeks to work with committees at IUPUI in supporting activities that promote the diversity of student, staff, and faculty populations. Jingfeng Xia is the SLIS representative on IUPUI’s enrollment committee and is pleased to observe an increase the diversity of students enrolled at the university. In 2009, IUPUI’s total minority enrollment has climbed to number 2 in all IU systems (15.6%), 4.2% higher than at IU-Bloomington. Jean Preer is representing SLIS on the IUPUI Diversity Council. Other means to accomplish this goal in future include participating in workshops and other related activities at IUPUI that seek to diversify teaching, learning and research and to work with the IUPUI University Library on issues of joint concern related to diversity.

Future activity: Review school materials to ascertain how the School’s commitment to diversity is expressed.

Goal 4: To increase faculty and student participation in diversity activities of local and state professional library institutions.

Achievements: SLIS Indianapolis established contact with the Black Librarians of Indiana, and in 2006, faculty participated in their meeting. In March 2009, IUPUI hosted a Library Career EXPO: Indiana Librarianship in the 21st Century for those interested in librarianship. Lorelle Swader, an IU SLIS alum and Director of the Office for Human Resources Development and Recruitment of the American Library Association, was a featured speaker.

Submitted by Dr. Jean Preer and Dr. Jingfeng Xia, members of the IU SLIS Diversity Committee
January 22, 1010

2. Summary Notes by Rhonda Spencer
(Bloomington)

11/18/08 - 11/18/09

The faculty and staff at SLIS work to build structural relationships for long-term effective diversity recruiting and support. This includes connections with national professional associations, state-level organizations, campus contacts, and work with our alumni.

a) Brainstorm:

Notes by Rhonda Spencer 12/14/09

What is something new? How can we be creative? How can we better encourage students of U.S. ethnic minority heritage (or other under-represented groups) to consider a SLIS master's degree?

There does not seem to be an early-in-life awareness of this field as a profession. There is a "disconnect" between tasks of shelving books and being tech support - and of being a professional. This "disconnect" continues past high school - and is seen in student questions at college career fairs.

How can we help students to know about the field? How can we increase a sense of excitement about being a professional in library and information science? How can we elevate an awareness of the career path (like that of a doctor, a teacher…)?

Pride in the field.
Stories about leaders.
Stories about adventures.
Stories about making a difference.
Children's books about librarians.
Children's books about information professionals.
Career days at junior high schools.

Helping to plant the idea of a graduate school degree at a young age is important. A limited number of students consider at the junior high level that they might stay in school through a masters or Ph.D. degree. How can we change that possibility in their minds?

Awards might help.

Related example: Students in a 2nd grade class who participated in reading a certain number of books - received coupons for pizzas. The student who read the most books got a ride in a limousine - with a friend - for a free lunch at a hamburger place. It is something that class will remember for a long time.

We could ask alumni to do career days in elementary schools.

These ideas are not new, but are areas that could be developed. Focusing on creative communication to younger students of minority heritage may help.

b) Summary:

  • 11/08 - 50+ pens for the Saudi Students Booth, IU International Fair, Indiana Memorial Union
  • 12/08 - Rhonda Spencer made a referral to Lorelle Swader (SLIS alumna, and SLIS Alumni Board member) and Wendy Prellwitz (ALA Spectrum Office) — both at the American Library Association National Office about the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) Career Fair. Having connections with the ALA National Office has helped us expand visibility on the national level.
  • 12/08 - updated SLIS Diversity Aid Flier (print copy of resources with professional associations, IU, etc.) — and online links to same scholarships
  • 12/08 SLIS News Stories about — Indiana State Library - Librarians Leading in Diversity (LLID) Fellowship awards. http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=1862
    http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=1867
  • 12/08 Sent information about the LLID Fellowship program to the IU GROUPS advising office (an IU mentoring/scholarship support program for under-represented students.)
  • 12/08 Mailed pens and brochures to SLIS Alumni Ronaldo Martinez Nazario (MLS'81) at the University of Puerto Rico — (annual request).
  • 1/09 Sent SLIS Diversity Aid Flier and other brochures to Alberta Comer (MLS'02), Dean of the Library, Indiana State University — at her request — for the ISU Black Leadership Conference being held in February. Alberta is of Native American heritage.
  • Mailings: twice a year we send posters, brochures, SLIS fliers on Diversity Scholarships, etc. to Historical Black Colleges and Universities and to Tribal Colleges to - attn: Career Services, and attn: Library Human Resources.
  • Working with the IU Disability Services Office and the IU Adaptive Technology Center to support a SLIS doctoral student who is blind.
  • 1/09 Posted a SLIS News Story about Alberta Comer's appointment as Dean. (Content reposted with permission from the Terre Haute newspaper). Excerpt here:
    "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be dean," she said, referring to when she started working in libraries years ago.
    Libraries weren't part of the world she grew up in eastern Oklahoma, the daughter of Cherokee and Choctaw farmers.
    "It's very rural and extremely poor, I mean extremely poor," she said. "There were no local libraries."
    Instead, a mobile library rolled into a nearby community once a month.
    "My father, it was a great sacrifice on his part, would take me to the bookmobile to check out books," she said.
    They would make the six-mile, 30-minute drive across the reddish dirt roads where Comer would enter a new world with each visit.
    "I can remember going into that bookmobile, smelling those books, you know that smell you get in libraries, the feel of books, the look of the books, and just being overwhelmed every time I walked into it," she said. "Every time I walked into it, it was a new experience. I would think, 'I just can't believe how lucky I am to do this.' Then I would check out my books and go home and that was it."
    http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=1876
  • Spring/Summer 2009 - I.U. Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library Newsletter featured an article on Rhonda Spencer - and on how to apply to a MLS or MIS degree. DeLoice Holliday is the Librarian, and Bergis Jules (dual MLS/MA African American and African Diaspora Studies student) produced the newsletter. This was the 3rd issue. In each one Bergis Jules has tried to help highlight libraries and careers in library and information science.
  • 2/09 SLIS MLS student Thea Bennetti was awarded an Educational Opportunity Fellowship (EOF) by the IU Graduate School. She applied, and SLIS nominated her. This is a "Diversity-Building Award" through IU. In her EOF essay she stated that she was an officer in the American Indian Student Association. She is the first college graduate in her family, and has experienced serious poverty. She left home at 16, and has raised two children. Her goal after SLIS includes reaching out to underserved populations, and developing programs that serve Native American communities. This scholarship is an example of working with the campus level resources.
  • 2/09 Sent some of the SLIS Diversity Aid Fliers ("Financial Aid Resource Information for U.S. Minority Students") to Marcia Smith-Woodard, Indiana State Library for a Library Career Expo (at her request).
  • 2/09 For an IU Press Release (contact Stephen Chaplin) — Marilyn Irwin (SLIS Indianapolis) emailed this information from the Indiana State Library Librarians Leading in Diversity (LLID) grant proposal. Chaplin requested some statistics for the state of Indiana for the SLIS story.
    "Data in Indiana indicate that of the 4,210 librarians in the state, 94.9% are white non-Hispanic compared with 84.3% of the white population in the state of Indiana according to the 2005 Census. Only 125 librarians are African American (3%) compared to 8.8% of the Indiana population, while 75 (2%) fall into the Other categories compared to 2.6% of the Indiana population (see above). (Indiana State Library 2007). These numbers indicate a large gap between the number of racial and ethnic minority librarians and the numbers in the general population. Furthermore, they suggest that greater efforts need to be made to reduce the under-representation of these diverse groups.
    Quote: The Librarians Leading in Diversity project provides Indiana with an incredible opportunity to increase the number of librarians who reflect diversity of the communities they serve. This has the potential to increase library use by minority populations throughout the state as they see libraries as more responsive to their needs."
  • 3/09 Sent emails to 17 new applicants to the MLS program who were self-identified as of U.S. ethnic minority heritage - to advertise the diversity scholarships on the SLIS website, and the Indiana State Library's LLID Fellowship program.
  • 3/09 Nominated two students for the IU Provost's Round Table: 1. Willie Miller - of African American heritage, and a LLID Fellowship recipient — and, 2. Rachel Slough (dual MLS/MA Latin American and Caribbean Studies student - who was a Fulbright Teaching Assistant to Chile. She did not indicate ethnicity in her application.)
  • 3/09 Diversity Panel held at SLIS on 3/25/09 as a part of a campus-wide initiative. See SLIS News Story:
    http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=1915
    The IU Bloomington Diversity Committee is hosting concurrent events across campus at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate its inaugural observance of Diversity Day on March 25th. The Day will be "filled with diversity-themed events and robust conversations about why and when diversity matters."
    The SLIS panel discussion will be -
    On the Topic of Diversity:
    How can we make our profession better?
    How can we meet the library and information science needs of a diverse world?
    How can we make Indiana University better?
    Personal reflections/comments.
    SLIS Panel:
    Howard Rosenbaum, Associate Dean and MIS Program Director
    Noriko Hara, Associate Professor
    Willie Miller, MLS/MA English student
    Dan Tam Do, MLS/MA Russian and East European Studies Student
    Stacy Kowalczyk, Ph.D. Candidate - and Associate Director, IU Digital Library Program
    Moderator: Rhonda Spencer, Director of Admissions and Placement - and - Chair, SLIS Diversity Committee
  • 4/09 Posted a SLIS News story about the Indiana State Library - Career Expo. The Expo was held at SLIS Indianapolis on 3/5/09 in partnership with the Indiana State Library. Lorelle Swader (MLS'86) was one of the speakers. She is the Director of Human Resource Development and Recruitment at the American Library Association National Office, and is a member of the SLIS Alumni Board. Swader is of African American heritage and supports SLIS diversity initiatives. The event was covered by the Indianapolis Star newspaper - where Swader was quoted as saying: "Where else can you work in a profession where you can make a difference in a person's life every day?"
    http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=1927
  • 4/09 Saudi Open House (4/23/09) - sponsored by the IU Office of International Services, the IU Saudi Students Club, and the Saudi Cultural Mission. SLIS Associate Dean Howard Rosenbaum was the club's faculty sponsor. 7 of the 10 members of the 2008-2009 Saudi Students Club Executive Team were SLIS MIS students. SLIS was a sponsor of the event ($250.) Speakers included the Bloomington Mayor, the IU Vice President for International Affairs, and members of the Saudi Royal Embassy and Cultural Mission.
  • 5/09 - IU Asian Alumni Association - IU Asian Student Recognition Banquet: Howard Rosenbaum, Associate Dean gave the award (his fifth year) for the Best Student Association Web Site. This year: the Vietnamese Student Association.
  • 5/09 - Renewed connection with DeLoice Holliday till July 2011 (started in 2005). She is a SLIS alumna, the Director of the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Library at IU, and of African American heritage.
    Title: Diversity Liaison for SLIS Admissions and Alumni Relations Work Connection:
    To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by emailing, advising, and coordinating campus efforts with the Director of Admissions (as you have done). By formalizing your role, and adding stories to our website, we hope to make students feel more welcome and included.
    To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by improving alumni relations, and attending professional association conferences.
    To help support SLIS diversity recruiting in a broad multicultural sense and to provide advice to the SLIS Director of Admissions.
  • 5/09 Indiana State Library Librarians Leading in Diversity (LLID) Annual Forum on 5/11/09 - Howard Rosenbaum was the "Leadership Discussion Facilitator", DeLoice Holliday and Debora Shaw were there, too. SLIS alumna Fannie Cox was the "Forum Speaker". Cox is of African American heritage. She is a Librarian at the University of Louisville, and was the 2007-2008 President of the Kentucky Library Association.
  • 5/09 American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Rettig invited over 50 current undergraduate students from the Chicago area colleges to attend the ALA Conference, and to learn about librarianship. They came from historically underrepresented populations, and were paired with current Spectrum Scholars. SLIS was invited to mail items. We sent 75 pens, bookmarks, SLIS trifolds, and SLIS Diversity Aid Fliers.
  • 6/09 - 300 pens and some brochures for incoming students in the IU GROUPS program (US ethnic minority and first generation students). GROUPS is a mentoring program for IU undergraduates. They requested materials. They also encourage their students to consider graduate school.
  • 6/09 Howard Rosenbaum gave the keynote address for the CIC IT Accessibility and Usability Working Group. The CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) includes twelve member universities — those in the Big Ten plus the University of Chicago. Rosenbaum's talk was titled "The importance of accessibility and usability now and in the future." This year's meeting was held at the Alumni Hall, Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University Bloomington (June 14-16, 2009.)
  • Margaret Londergan, Manager of the UITS Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Centers, Indiana University is the Chair-Elect of this Working Group. Londergan has supervised a number of SLIS students in volunteer and paid hourly roles at the UITS Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Center (ATC) at IU Bloomington.
    SLIS News Story about the Event:
    http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=1967
  • 8/09 - SLIS News story on MIS'02 graduate Sherron (Moore) Rogers - (African American heritage) - who is now the Director of Information Services, Clarian Health, Indianapolis.
    http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=1990
  • SLIS Scholarship Notes 2009/2010: These three examples show efforts to develop partnerships and connections that help with minority recruiting.
    • SLIS provided 27 hours of tuition remission ($26,050.) plus an hourly job ($4,320.) for a student of Asian/Pacific Island heritage (Suseela Eyal). The placement was with the IU Libraries Information Commons - Multicultural Outreach Librarian DeLoice Holliday.
    • ALA Spectrum Scholar (Jessamyn Sudhakaran) received a similar package ($26,050.) in tuition, plus an hourly job ($4,320.) The placement was with two SLIS faculty members.
    • Indiana's LLID (Librarian's Leading in Diversity) - working with the Indiana State Library to help stretch the budget, and to help cover the SLIS pre-requisite course — SLIS awarded three of the fellows (3 credit hours each) —- total ($6,728.)
  • 9/09 - Howard Rosenbaum organized a Faculty/Adjunct Faculty session on 9/4/09 that included: Margaret Londergan, IU Assistive Technologies (Adaptive Technology Center), and two representatives from the IU Office of Disability Services for Students.
  • 9/09 - The HistoryMakers Projecthttp://www.thehistorymakers.com — contacted Dean Blaise Cronin about partnering on an Institute of Museum and Library Services - Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program grant. The 3 year proposal would focus on "African American Archives and Archivists." Howard Rosenbaum agreed to be the Project Coordinator for SLIS. Valerie Grim (Chair, IU African American and African Diaspora Studies), DeLoice Holliday (IU Multicultural - and - Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Librarian), Phil Bantin (IU - University Archivist), and SLIS faculty members Pnina Shachaf and Noriko Hara — all agreed to be considered for Guest Lecturers for training for this project.
  • 9/09 - Rhonda Spencer met with Valerie Grim about The HistoryMakers Project, recruiting students to the dual MLS/MA African American and African Diaspora Studies program, and other joint department ideas.
  • 9/09 - Rhonda Spencer to be the SLIS contact for the IU Black Graduate Student Association. (email from Autumn Harrell, BGSA Vice President). Rhonda copied DeLoice Holliday on the email to help build connections.
  • 9/09 - Contacted by the Foundation for the Advancement of Education Minority Teacher. Added their scholarship information to our website - under "diversity scholarships".

11/09 - Faculty and Staff Additions:

As a part of this year's summary, we requested extra notes from faculty and staff. This helps to capture a broader picture of SLIS's commitment to diversity.

  • Ron Day:
    • We cover special user groups, such as ethnic and disabled populations, along with children in the Reference (S501) class, sometimes formally and certainly throughout the semester.
  • Pnina Shachaf:
    1. I gave an invited talk about "are virtual reference services color blind?" on this panel at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in April 2009: Reaching Out and Bringing In: Understanding and Encouraging Diversity in the Library.
    2. I also have one session devoted for diversity in my library management class every semester (a total of 5 sessions of 3 hours every year). We talk about race, ethnic, and gender diversity of library employees, and about services to diverse user populations.
    3. This year Noriko Hara and I presented that paper at AMCIS, and it was published in the conference proceedings. Hara, N., & Shachaf, P. (2009). Cross cultural analysis of Wikipedia community [Electronic version]. Proceedings of the 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems, August 6-9, 2009.
  • Susan Herring:
    • In my research I collaborate often with students and colleagues on computer-mediated communication that takes place in different languages in different cultural contexts. I co-edited a book on this topic (Oxford U Press) in 2007 with the late Brenda Danet. Ongoing collaborations include Arabic / English CMC (newssites, blogs, YouTube) with Muhammad Abdul-Mageed; Italian and Lithuanian interactive television and Internet Relay Chat with Asta Zelenkauskaite; and Polish / English Wikipedia content with Ewa Callahan (former SLIS PhD student).
    • This research was presented at the following conferences in the past year:
      • Polish / English Wikipedia research: ASIST, October 2008
      • Internet Research 10.0 (October 2009)
      • Al Jazeera English on YouTube: Internet Research 10.0 (October 2009)
      • Lithuanian iTV SMS (included a gender component): Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication (CATaC) conference, July 2008
      • Italian iTV SMS and Internet Relay Chat (included a gender component): Language in (New) Media conference, September 2009
      • Italian iTV SMS: Internet Research 10.0 (October 2009)
    • As for teaching, I developed and used to teach the Gender and Computerization course, although Sharon Stoerger has been teaching that lately, and I was on sabbatical last year, so I don't have as much teaching to report. I included a unit on culture and cross-cultural differences in Web content in my Web Content Analysis course this semester, as I do every time I teach the course. I also include such a unit in my CMC course and in Gender and Computerization, when I teach it. And I include a unit on gender in my CMC course, as well.
  • Katy Börner:
    Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center
    Diversity activities, 2009
    • Jan 6-9, iPlant Collaborative Cyberinfrastructure Workshop, Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona. (Tina Lee)
    • Jan 15-16, Creative Metaphors to Stimulate New Approaches to Visualizing, Understanding, and Rethinking Large Repositories of Scholarly Data talk at CreativeIT Workshop, NSF, Washington DC. (Brian Magerko, David Roberts)
    • Jan 19-20, SPIE Conference on Visualization and Data Analysis, San Jose, CA, Jan 18-22, 2009.
    • Jan 21, 9-10a, Communicating the Structure and Evolution of Science. Talk in SAP Media X 2009 Winter Quarter Seminar Series, Y2E2 Room 292A, Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building, Stanford University. (Martha Russell & Bonnie DeVarco)
    • Jan 26/27, Peter Gloor visits our Center. (author of Crowdsourcing/MIT Press)
    • Feb 11-Aug 4, Yunwei Chen, Associate Professor in Chengdu Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China works at our Center.
    • Feb 23/24 Katy Börner and Elisha Hardy , Visit SEED, NYC-present Mapping Science and Places and Spaces: Mapping Science to the staff
    • Mar 24/25, AAAS-NSF Workshop for SciSIP Grantees, Washington D.C
    • May 6-8, Inaugural Meeting of the Concept Web Alliance, New York Hall of Science, NYC. (Barend Mons).
    • May 2009—opened discussions with Enrique Campos-Nanez and Enrique Campos-Lopez on collaborative opportunities (George Washington University/Natural Resource advisor, Mexican Government)
    • May 24-27, Charles van den Heuvel, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences vists our Center.
    • June 2-31, Andrea Scharnhorst, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences vists our Center.
    • June 9-10, Invited talk on Computational Scientometrics to Inform Science Policy, International Council for Scientific and Technical Information Conference, Ottawa, Canada. (Jeffrey Demaine)
    • June 14-16, 40 minute presentation during the IU Showcase Session and Mapping Science exhibit at North American Conference on Computing and Philosophy (NACAP), Bloomington, IN.
    • June 17/18, Organized, directed and attended, NSF/JSMF Workshop on Mapping the History and Philosophy of Science, IUB.
    • July 14-17, Regional Chair for North America, ISSI 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    • July 15-16, Debbie presents exhibit at Innovative Approaches to Turn Statistics into Knowledge, OECD, US Census Bureau and World Bank Seminar, Washington, D.C. July 26-31, Envisioning and Communicating Science, Visualization in Science and Education, Gordon Research Conference to be held at Magdalen College, Oxford University. (Shaaron Ainsworth)
    • Aug 12-14, MediaX Workshop, Stanford University, CA
    • Aug 10-15, Angela Zoss presents at Information Kinetics Workshop led by Bestiario in Spain. (Kepa Landa)
    • Aug 24, Peter Hook, Joseph Cottam, Scott Weingart and Hanning Guo attend Edward Tufte's all-day workshop Presenting Data and Information in Indianapolis.
    • Sept 2-3, Plenary Speaker, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) Annual Conference, Northwestern University, IL. (Nosh)
    • Sept 13-16, Hanning Guo presentes at Fifth International Conference on Webometrics, Informetrics and Scientometrics (WIS) & Tenth COLLNET Meeting, Dalian, China.
    • Nov 12/13, VIVO meeting at IUB—teams from Cornell and the Univ. of Florida attending
    • Nov 20, 10a Mapping Science Colloquium Talk and 2h NWB Workshop at Indiana University School of Informatics at IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN. (Karl MacDorman, Vicki Daugherty)
    • Nov 30 - Dec 2, Charles van den Heuvel, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Virtual Knowledge Studio for Humanities and Social Sciences visits our Center, meetings with Nicole Coleman of Stanford University and Robert Hatch of the University of Florida, Colin Allen of History and Philosophy of Science department, IUB and Scott Weingart, Center and HPSC.
    • Dec 7-9, Dr. Eric Meyer, Oxford Internet Institute, displays exhibit at 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science, Oxford, UK.
    • Dec 9-10, VIVO NIH Meeting, DC.
  • Sarah Burton
    (SLIS Director of Finance and Administration - she also serves as SLIS Alumni Coordinator and is Director of Development.)
    1. providing funds for DeLoice Holliday (SLIS Diversity Liaison) to travel to at least two conferences each year on behalf of SLIS. SLIS provides $2,000/year.
    2. I sometimes post to an African-American librarians listserv to announce our alumni activities.
    3. The SLIS alumni Board is committed to increasing diversity, both on the Board and in SLIS faculty and students by Alumni Board advocacy. Lorelle Swader is charged with leading the Board on a number of ideas that she has (Lorelle recently rotated off the Board as a regular member, but still works closely with the Board on two committees, and represents the Board to the IUAA Executive Committee).
    4. SLIS facilitates training of librarians through the LLID (Librarians Leading in Diversity) program by providing funds initially to ensure tuition is awarded according to IU procedures. The State Library does not have that capability alone.
  • DeLoice Holliday (summary 11/30/09)

2009 Diversity Activity Report
Deloice Holliday
Multicultural Outreach Librarian
And
Head, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library

Campus:
The Bloomington Faculty Council Diversity and Affirmative Action committee met several times throughout the year. One order of business was the disputed naming of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Poling Chair of Business and Government. The committee has been working toward writing a resolution to express its views on the naming of this distinguished university honor. The reason behind the dispute is the university’s policy on non discrimination. General Pace has made public statements about Gays in the military. As members of this committee, we felt it necessary to bring attention to the matter, and are fully aware that there will be questions from the faculty at large about this decision. All committee members are ready to engage in these discussions. The second reading of the resolution occurred on February 3, 2009. Voting on the resolution will be on February 17, 2009.

The Indiana University Provost Diversity Committee has worked diligently for more than a year on implementing the University diversity plan and to create initiatives supporting diversity. The committee will be hosting a series of events that will culminate in its efforts with a daylong campus-wide program called, “Diversity is bigger than u think” events. Beginning with the Provost opening the daylong event at the Kelly School of Business, followed by events such as a nationally known speaker, poster presentation competition, and YouTube blitz advertising and filming these activities. All events planned and executed during March 2009. The committee is working toward defining the 2010 diversity programs and services.

Diversity Liaison for SLIS Admissions and Alumni Relations
  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by emailing, advising, and coordinating campus efforts with the Director of Admissions (as you have done). By formalizing your role, and adding stories to our website, we hope to make students feel more welcome and included.
  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by improving alumni relations, and attending professional association conferences.
  • To help support SLIS diversity recruiting in a broad multicultural sense and to provide advice to the SLIS Director of Admissions.

Cross-Cultural Interaction program – organized by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives was a fun-filled, informal program in which all the cultural groups get to know all the other centers and the people who work there. Although all of our units almost have the same mission, because we are scattered in different parts of the campus we hardly get to know each other. This was a good opportunity for putting faces and names together. This event was held in February 2009.

Around April of 2009, the Office of First Year Experience Programs contacted diversity educators from around campus to work on a new project aimed at first year college students. Organized as working groups consisting of: Academics, IU Traditions, Leadership, Health and Wellness, Careers, Community Service, Arts and Culture, and Diversity; Barry W. Magee, Assistant Director for Diversity Education Residential Programs and Services is leading the effort. We met as a group in April and May 2009. The focus for this committee is more about identifying and organizing what many of the members are already doing and then uses the FYE machine to market and enhance those efforts. The workgroups are not implementation groups, but merely conceptual/advisory groups. During our May meeting, we identified a list of more than 20 books for First Year Experience students as must reads. This is a committee of 10 people.

State:
The Diversity Advisory Council (Member) - I met with this committee both in person and through conference calls to support diversity initiatives throughout the state of Indiana. The culmination of these meetings has resulted in an upcoming “Library career Expo” which will be held in March 2009, with the bulk of the planning having occurred during 2008. I also serve as mentor three diversity fellows who were recipients of the IMLS Diversity Grant that was awarded to the state in 2008. Members of the council along with Marcia Smith-Woodard from the State Library of Indiana and Dean of SLIS Indianapolis, Marilyn Irwin in securing the more than one million dollar grant. I have given formal presentations at several of the events recognizing recipients of the diversity scholarships. The initiative Indiana Libraries Leading in Diversity has already awarded 20 of the 30 scholarships, with the last 10 to be announced during the fall of 2009. Not only do I participate in the state meetings, but I also serve as mentor for two of the fellows studying library science on the Bloomington campus; and also will be on the committee selecting the next round of diversity fellows. We all received “thank you’ letters from Governor Daniels for our participation.

Enhancing Minority Attainment Conference (EMA): Designing and Implementing Diversity Plans – during the EMA conference attendees gathered to discuss and participate in ways to write a new relevant and compelling Indiana University diversity plan. Each campus is responsible for designing and writing its own plan, but there are overarching commonalities for all. The group worked on a rubric for evaluating and refining measurable objectives for the IU Bloomington campus in terms of diversity. Some objectives that we continue to work on are leadership and commitment, curricular and co-curricular transformation, campus climate, and representational diversity. The conference was held on November 30, 2007, Indiana University, Kokomo, Indiana.

On May 5, 2008 Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA) Edwin Marshall called the Bloomington group together for a follow-up meeting in which policies and procedures for internal controls were laid out. These policies connected employees working under the DEMA umbrella and also those who work collaboratively with department s or units under that umbrella to get familiar with financial, personnel, and security policies and procedures that affect the office. Processes such as account managing, account supervision, delegation of signature authority, and purchasing contracts among others were discussed. The daylong conference was held off campus. The title for the conference was, “Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs Sharing the Vision for Diverse and Culturally Supportive Society”.

Priorities emerging from the meeting include:
  • Recruitment and retention of excellent faculty members
  • Facilitation of intercampus research collaboration, especially between Bloomington and IUPUI
  • Significant increases in graduation rates and numbers for bachelor’s degrees and certification programs
  • Expansion of academic initiatives focused on (a) life and health sciences, (b) arts and humanities, and (c) international partnerships
  • Increased commitment to economic development in Indiana.

The work is this group is ongoing.

National:
ACRL: Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee – 2008-2010 - to initiate, advise and mobilize support for appropriate action related to issues of racial and ethnic diversity in academic librarianship including recruitment, advancement and retention of underrepresented groups to academic librarianship and the promotion of quality academic library and information services for members of racial and ethnic groups. I attend meetings and programs, and participate in the committee’s activities. I was asked to serve and co-chair of this committee for 2009-2010. This committee is currently engaged in writing the policy statements cultural competency in LIS education and in academic libraries—and are planning a formal presentation for the upcoming “Diversity in Libraries Conference 2010. If the proposal for the conference is accepted, I will be heavily involved in that initiative. Apart from the National Diversity in Libraries Conference, we are hoping to have the first draft of the policy statements unveiled at a program at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Boston January 2010.

Diversity and Outreach Fair, the Office of Literacy and Outreach Service (OLOS)
The annual Diversity and Outreach Fair celebrates local library services, programs and collections to underserved and under-represented communities. This year’s theme highlights services to Older Adults. Visit with program implementers, learn details and strategies for success, and consider how they might be repeated in your library community. The annual diversity and outreach fair is sponsored by DEMCO, Inc. And this will be my second year to serve on the jury for selecting the most innovative diversity library programs and initiatives. A DEMCO representative, the Chair of the Diversity and Outreach Fair, and I make up the jury. More than 50 libraries from around the United States and Canada participate in this yearly event. The participants run the gamut of libraries including academics, special, school library media centers, and medical libraries. The Office of Outreach Services (new name for this ALA office) my appointment on this committee goes further than simply judging a library’s diversity program, but I also co-moderate the listserv for this group on non-English speaking initiatives in which librarians from public, academic, and others send their best practices for engaging non-English speakers from their communities to the list— (And a bunch of other stuff that can be found in my formal annual report). My term with this office ends in 2011.

Community:
Diversity Theatre Presents 2009 MOSAIC Diversity Film Festival At City Hall – I was able to participate in this endeavor this year by providing financial support and a space for the committee to meet and plan for the event. The film festival was held on two different Saturday during the month of April 2009. I believe one Saturday screening had to be postponed and held on another date, but this was a local community event which I was happy to participate even in a small but meaningful way. The festival marked the 25th anniversary of Diversity Theatre, a local group whose mission is to promote equality and create awareness of discrimination issues. MOSAIC consists of various short films for adults and children addressing the issues of disability, aging, race, and ethnicity.

My dual appointments as the multicultural outreach librarian, and as Head, of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library affords me the opportunity to work in many areas of diversity from policy making to program planning; but diversity is not true diversity if one or the same person is always leading the effort. My thoughts for awhile have been that the IUB Libraries Diversity Committee would be better served if there is an appointed roving chair. This should be a two-year staggered appointment so that there are always committee members who have knowledge of the committee’s work and activities. True, one can turn to the committee’s notes for such updates, but it is my opinion that a committee functions best when there are members serving from the previous year(s). With my attitude of flexibility, insight, and foresight, I think the above recommendation would best serve the IUB Libraries in diversity matters, initiatives, strategies, and in future diversity planning. While grateful for the confidence the administration has shown in my abilities, selection of a roving chair should be viewed as a move forward for diversity in University Libraries. The multicultural outreach librarian should serve perhaps as a liaison to the committee providing updates on current diversity concerns; and as librarians we should support the representation of a variety of points of view which can only be realized if we all participate.


TO: SLIS Diversity Committee:
Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia
jepreer@iupui.edu — xiaji@iupui.edu
cc: Howard Rosenbaum, Marilyn Irwin, Blaise Cronin, DeLoice Holliday, Sarah Burton, Jill Clancy
FROM: Rhonda Spencer, Chair, Committee Chair spencerr@indiana.edu
DATE: 12/21/10
RE: 2010/2011 Committee Work
  1. Summary Notes by Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia (Indianapolis) -
    (see separate attachment)
  2. Summary Notes by Rhonda Spencer (Bloomington)

The 2010/2011 SLIS Diversity Committee includes Rhonda Spencer, Chair (Director of Admissions and Placement), Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia (SLIS faculty members). The Committee functions primarily in an advisory role. The work of the committee includes summarizing what has happened, and thinking about new possibilities. It was established in 2003/2004. Over the years this committee, along with SLIS faculty and staff in general, have made steady, positive, welcoming steps in the area of diversity.

  • The Charge of this Committee is "to provide advice and planning for the School's diversity initiatives in the areas of student recruitment and retention."

This committee functions in part as a "think tank" - creative contributors - people that help plant seeds of ideas. The committee worked this fall to create informal documents to help us think in new ways, to help with reporting, and to help acknowledge progress:

  • Brain-storm - and - prepare notes…
    Ask "What-if". What if we had unlimited time and money - what might we do?
  • Prepare an annual summary of diversity initiatives.

We want to be national leaders in the area of Diversity. We want to be creative thinkers in the area of Diversity. We want to contribute to a larger perspective.

SLIS Diversity Definition: The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) strives to make all students feel welcome. Saying that we value diversity is a way to say that we want students to feel welcome - all students - from all backgrounds. We want to create an educational atmosphere that is inviting, respectful, and that values human dignity and individuality.

1. Summary Notes by Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia (Indianapolis)

Diversity Report 2010
Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia
School of Library and Information Science
Indiana University, Indianapolis

Increasing the diversity of students, staff and faculty has been the priority of SLIS Indianapolis. In 2010, SLIS made great efforts and achieved its goal in initiating diversity programs and organizing various related activities. The purpose of this report is to review these efforts and achievements and propose future plan for encouraging people of the minority background to participate in our efforts.

The mission of the IU School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) includes promoting diversity. In May 2004, the full faculty of SLIS voted the mission of the School which states: “The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science is committed to fostering excellence and innovation in the education of information professionals, the creation of new knowledge, and service to a diverse society in a dynamically changing global information environment.”

The SLIS Indianapolis program is a part of the school and shares the same mission. Located on the campus of IUPUI, SLIS Indianapolis also has the mission to promote “the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity.”

In order to achieve these missions, SLIS Indianapolis seeks to “create a climate within the School that fosters intellectual engagement, openness and exploration, respect, support, and diversity.” It is also the purpose of the program to “continue enhancing the diversification of the faculty.”

In the past years, a series of diversity initiatives and activities have been taken at SLIS Indianapolis to promote a more diverse group of students, staff and faculty, and to create an environment that advances an appreciation of diversity in all its forms. The following descriptions highlight our diversity efforts.

GOAL 1.
To diversify the student population by increasing the proportion of minority students

Achievements: SLIS Indianapolis has encouraged under-represented student groups to enroll in the program. These include male, out-of-state, and minority students. In 2010, around 11.5% of the total students were minorities, which represented an increase rate of 8.8% from the previous year. About 20.3% of all students were male; and 5.4% students were from other states.

In 2010, the first five recipients of the Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) Indianapolis fellowship completed the requirements for the Master of Library Science. This was under a grant that SLIS Indianapolis received from the Institute for Museum and Library Services in partnership with the Indiana State Library. The grant aims to increase the number of under-represented librarians in the State of Indiana through 30 fellowships given to students over three years. The fellowships cover a full tuition remission, a living stipend up to $15,000, additional money for orientation and travel, and a professional mentor. The recipients can attend the Indianapolis or Bloomington programs.

Associate Dean Marilyn Irwin and Professor Jean Preer served on the Advisory Council for the grant. They also served as members of the Indiana State Library Diversity Initiatives Task Force that helped develop the grant application and attended meetings throughout 2010-2011.

Future activities: SLIS Indianapolis will continue to work with the Indiana State Library’s diversity fellowship program, including provision of partial support for the fellowships and co-sponsorship of a Career Fair scheduled for March 2011 to help place the fellowship students in the field.

At the same time, the program will use the Impact IUPUI campaign to raise funding targeted for fellowships to recruit and retain outstanding students from under-represented populations. Fellowship recipients in the I-LLID program will continue to receive support through completion of their Master of Library Science degree, and additional resources will become available to sustain the fellowship program beyond its grant funding termination date.

GOAL 2
. To increase the diversity of the SLIS Indianapolis faculty

Achievement: Dr. Hsin-liang (Oliver) Chen joined the faculty in July 2009, which increased the male and Asian-American representation on the predominantly white, female SLIS faculty.

Future activity: SLIS Indianapolis will also seek to add one additional under-represented faculty member.

GOAL 3.
To create a climate within the School that fosters diversity

Achievements: As part of the campus effort to create a more welcoming setting, SLIS Indianapolis seeks to work with committees at IUPUI in supporting activities that promote the diversity of student, staff, and faculty populations. Jingfeng Xia is the SLIS representative on IUPUI’s enrollment committee and is pleased to observe an increase the diversity of students enrolled at the university. In 2010, IUPUI’s total minority enrollment climbed to 7,780 in all IU systems (28%). Jean Preer is representing SLIS on the IUPUI Diversity Council. Other means to accomplish this goal in the future include participating in workshops and other related activities at IUPUI that seek to diversify teaching, learning and research and to work with the IUPUI University Library on issues of joint concern related to diversity.

Future activity: Review school materials to ascertain how the school’s commitment to diversity is expressed.

Goal 4.
To increase faculty and student participation in diversity activities of local and state professional library institutions

Achievements: SLIS Indianapolis established contact with the Black Librarians of Indiana, and in 2006 faculty participated in their meeting. In March 2010, IUPUI hosted a Library Career EXPO: Indiana Librarianship in the 21st Century for those interested in librarianship. Lorelle Swader, an IU SLIS alum and Director of the Office for Human Resources Development and Recruitment of the American Library Association, was a featured speaker.

Submitted by
Drs. Jean Preer and Jingfeng Xia
Members, IU SLIS Diversity Committee
November 12, 2010

2. Summary Notes by Rhonda Spencer (Bloomington)

*This list is compiled throughout the year to capture both larger - and more day to day - efforts in the area of diversity. This list is for the period 11/19/09 - 11/19/10.

The faculty and staff at SLIS work to build structural relationships for long-term effective diversity recruiting and support. This includes connections with national professional associations, state-level organizations, campus contacts, and work with our alumni.

11/19/09 - mailed 457 posters, trifolds, and SLIS diversity aid fliers to Historically Black Colleges and Tribal Colleges (Libraries and Career Services), and to McNair Program (diversity scholarship) Advisors around the U.S.

11/20/09 - Indiana University Undergraduate Research Conference (IUURC) - Graduate School Fair at the Indiana Memorial Union. SLIS had a table (pens and brochures). Cathi Egan, Assistant Dean, University Graduate School and Director of the McNair Scholars Program helped to organize. Advisors at IU that support US ethnic minority students (Hutton Honors College, Hudson and Holland Scholars, and the GROUPS program) were also invited, and were asked to help advertise the Fair with their students. Yolanda Trevino, Assistant Dean, Graduate School (works with diversity scholarships) was the conference organizer. 77 students registered for the conference.

12/11/09 - Howard Rosenbaum wrote a letter of support for an IMLS grant proposal with Scott Brandt, Associate Dean for Research, Purdue University Libraries. The grant (focused on data curation) would provide funding for internships. In his letter, Rosenbaum wrote: "I would also like to add that this project will also be a great incentive we can use in our diversity recruiting efforts as we seek to interest minority students in careers in librarianship and other information professions."

12/17/09 - $250. to support a speaker for the "Campus-wide Series on Diversity: Preparing IU Bloomington for the Challenges and Possibilities of the Global 21st Century World." [IU Committee: Gerald Campano, Arlene Diaz, Valerie Grim, Joan Linton, and Romayne Rubinas Dorsey]

  • 2/4/10 - Joan Linton emailed that this series is now renamed "ARC 2010! Attention, Reflection, Connection — Steps Toward an Inclusive Campus". She wrote "SLIS was one of the first to support this campus-wide diversity series." They have a planned speaker (Thao Nelson, Principal, Credo Management Consulting) for February 24, 2010.

1/4/10 - SLIS News story posted (from Indiana State Library website article 12/17/09) about Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity Fellows - Cohort 3 Selected.
http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=2075

1/11/10 - SLIS-L listserv advertisement for the Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity - final 2 positions (a "Cohort 4" group). Also sent information about this fellowship to several newly admitted SLIS students.

1/10 - Reviewed the American Library Association website "diversity" pages. Statistics on their "Diversity Counts" page [the Office for Research and Statistics - Office for Diversity] includes some helpful information about the profession. The report (page 10) also compares demographic information from the 2000 Census. It looks at "Implications for Professional Participation."

http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/diversity/diversityresearchstatistics/index.cfm
"In October of 2006, the American Library Association (ALA) released "Diversity Counts," a comprehensive study of gender, race and age in the library profession. The study was conducted by the ALA Office for Research & Statistics, ALA Office for Diversity and Decision Demographics, a research firm based in Arlington, Va. and confirms the need for continued recruitment of people of color. "

1/11/10 - Worked with SLIS professor Susan Herring wheel-chair access needs for the Room 030 classroom configuration.

1/26/10 - Met with the staff of the IU Black Film Archive (a part of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department). Met with the Director (Michael Martin) and the Archivist (Mary Huelsbeck. We discussed internships, volunteer work - for SLIS students, and how to advertise on our listservs… SLIS students have had connections (volunteer, internships…) with this archive in the past. The Black Film Archive is being relocated to the old Kent Cooper Room (same floor as SLIS - in the Wells Library).

2/1/10 - Began advertising for the "SLIS Diversity Talk by 2 Public Library Directors: March 10, 2010" - posters, SLIS News story, initial listserv email. This event is a part of the Indiana University Bloomington Campus Diversity Day(s). The organization of this campus-wide observance comes from the recommendation of the IU Bloomington Diversity Committee, and Karen Hanson (IU Provost and Executive Vice President.)
news URL: http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=2101

2/23/10 - EOF (Educational Opportunity Fellowship) - an IU Diversity Building award - was given to Dennis Sipe (MLS student) for 2010/2011. He applied, we nominated. He will receive a $1,500. stipend — (and would have received the "instate" tuition rate - but already an IN resident). SLIS has received EOF awards for a number of years.

2/24/10 - LLID (Librarians Leading in Diversity) - notified about final class - a 4th Cohort group: Amber Painter, Nicholae Cline, and LaNesha DeBardelban (SLIS Bloomington).

3/10/10 - IU Campus Diversity Day. SLIS talk by 2 Public Library Directors (Sara Laughlin and John Helling).
http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=2101

4/15/10 - Mark Puente, Director of the Diversity Program, ARL (Association of Research Libraries) met with new IUL Library Dean Brenda Johnson. They then asked for him to meet with Rhonda Spencer. We discussed recruiting, news stories, scholarships. SLIS graduate Bergis Jules was an ARL Diversity Fellowship recipient. Bergis is now at the University of Chicago - Black Metropolis Research Center - as an archivist.

4/22/10 - Emailed with the IU AAADS Department about Jaminnia States (African American heritage) - dual MLS/MA applicant — deferring a year to do "Teach for America". We had offered her a SLIS Merit Scholar package.

4/29/10 — Emailed with the IU AAADS Department about Kimberly Grant (African American heritage) — (MLS new admit - who was also interested in the dual with AAADS). We offered her the package originally offered to Jaminnia — 24 hours of fee remission and a job with DeLoice Holliday (NMBCC Library).

Summer'10 - DeLoice Holliday continues as the Diversity Liaison for SLIS Admissions and Alumni Relations.
http://www.slis.indiana.edu/faculty/spotlight/index.php?facid=29
SLIS provides $2,000. a year in travel reimbursement for her to attend professional conferences in support of diversity recruitment (particularly ALA and ILF), and SLIS alumni events. Her participation nationally, at the state level, and at Indiana University makes a positive impact at SLIS. The defined goals of her work are:

  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by emailing, advising, and coordinating campus efforts with the Director of Admissions (as you have done). By formalizing your role, and adding stories to our website, we hope to make students feel more welcome and included.
  • To help recruit students of African American heritage to SLIS by improving alumni relations, and attending professional association conferences.
  • To help support SLIS diversity recruiting in a broad multicultural sense and to provide advice to the SLIS Director of Admissions.

5/19/10 — LaNesha DeBardelaben (African American Heritage) received one of the ALA Spectrum Scholarships. She is also a LLID (Librarian's Leading in Diversity) fellowship recipient. SLIS provided an additional 6 credit hours of tuition in partnership with the Spectrum Award. LaNesha also was a recipient of the Society of American Archivists Mosaic Scholarship.
*James Wallace and Aron Gutierrez (SLIS IUPUI) also received Spectrum Scholarships.

6/18/10 — SLIS gave a summary of matching scholarship support to Marcia Smith-Woodward (LLID grant) for those who were LLID recipients (overall full tuition and large stipend). The recipients mainly needed S401 coverage. Over the grant - SLIS gave $15,259. in fee remission support, plus an extra $500. fellowship to one person.

10/10 - Howard Rosenbaum advertised The HistoryMakers (African American Archives) fellowship. He is on the grant committee.

11/19/10 - Working to formalize final plans for the Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity Final Forum - to be held at IU Bloomington on March 21, 2011. Currently the planned budget is $1,287.