MANY VOICES OF DIVERSITY REPORT: 1996/1997 STATUS REPORT


The LAUC Ad Hoc Committee on Cultural Diversity produced a report, The Many Voices of Diversity, in 1992 which included 27 very specific recommendations. To date, a 1994 and now this 1996/1997 status report have been produced giving LAUC an evaluation of any efforts towards implementation. An attempt was made to include historical information when possible (back to 1992).


The l996/97 Status Report on the Many Voices of Diversity is arranged by recommendation with notes on any activity. Unfortunately as can quickly be seen, little progress has been made on the MVOD recommendations. It will be necessary for LAUC CDC to revisit MVOD and prioritize a few recommendations for future work.


Many Voices of Diversity Recommendations A 1996/97 Status Report

Establish a permanent system-wide committee to deal with issues of cultural diversity in the University's libraries as well as implement the recommendations of this report. The composition of the committee should include individuals familiar with and/or representative of culturally diverse groups within the University of California.

2.Provide training in multicultural communication and sensitivity for all library employees, including training for all librarians in understanding and valuing cultural differences and incorporating these differences into professional duties and initiatives.

3. Proactively recruit, hire and encourage the advancement of librarians from the under- represented groups.

4. Prepare as part of the Committee's annual report analyses of reports and initiatives on cultural diversity generated by LAUC, the LAUC Divisions, the Office of the President, and/or other academic institutions as appropriate.

5. Encourage California library schools to continue to recruit and matriculate culturally diverse students, employ faculty, and develop and diversify courses in ethnic studies bibliography and services to diverse cultural groups.

6. Establish funding from the Office of the President to initiate, develop, and implement cultural diversity recommendations.

7. Initiate a campus-by-campus evaluation and assessment of library holdings of culturally diverse materials and develop detailed campus policies for collecting culturally diverse materials.

8. Ensure that culturally diverse core collections are maintained as appropriate to each campus.


9. Ensure that all those involved in collection development on each campus are aware of and trained to recognize materials that pertain to cultural diversity.

10.Coordinate collection development decision- making processes for culturally diverse material among all branch, unit, affiliated and department libraries.

11.Ensure access through the MELVYL system to the holdings of ethnic collections on UC campuses.

12.Foster the development of and access to ethnic databases such as the Chicano Database.

13.Submit recommendations for changes in LC subject headings which would improve access to ethnic materials. Encourage UC catalogers to use specialized thesauri and additional cross references to make up for some of the inadequacies of LCSH.

14.Survey bibliographic access to ethnic collections across the campuses. Uncover and provide access to "buried" and un-analyzed sets or collections within larger libraries such as the Bancroft Library, and in general, enhance awareness of ethnic studies materials in the Main Library collections of each campus. Foster computerized inventories of and indexes to special collections, and make them available at the systemwide level.

15.Provide training in multicultural communication and sensitivity for all public service staff.

16.Proactively recruit, hire, train and encourage the advancement of reference specialists and bibliographic instructors in ethnic studies.

17.Develop an outreach and public relations program for the campus communities for reference and bibliographic instruction services.

18.Provide training for reference and bibliographic instruction librarians so they understand and value cultural diversity and incorporate examples from different cultures into their instruction and reference practices.

19.Evaluate new reference tools, both traditional and electronic, accurately and critically in terms of coverage of information and sources on diversity issues, ethnicity and race, and multiculturalism.

20.Establish guidelines and resources for training librarians who will provide bibliographic instruction in ethnic/multicultural studies.

21.Develop basic bibliographic instruction that supports new campus breadth requirements as well as advanced instruction to support the explosion of graduate and faculty-level research in ethnic/multicultural studies.

22.Encourage California library schools to offer regular courses in ethnic studies bibliography and services to a multicultural population; incorporate issues of diversity into courses in the general library school curriculum.

23.Establish a Target of Opportunity library diversity program, create librarian positions for which under-represented groups are encouraged to apply, and support existing internships, residencies and "specially funded" positions.

24.Establish a comprehensive multi-campus recruitment program for all of the UC libraries.

25.Counsel and encourage library assistants from under-represented groups to attend library school by providing financial assistance and restructuring work schedules.

26.Create and sustain a systemwide mentorship program for beginning and continuing librarians from under-represented groups.

27.Conduct a LAUC sponsored study of recruitment, retention, and advancement of under- represented librarians.