Over the last three years
it has been my pleasure to be the project director of the LTLS’ diversity
initiative. In the first year, we focused on diversity efforts in
the Lincoln Trail area. In the second year, we expanded our outreach
efforts to three other library systems. This year we are tackling
a statewide focus.
The diversity initiative has brought a great
many products to share with our libraries. On our website
you can find downloadable bookmarks in 8 languages: English,
Mandarin Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, Polish, Germany and
bookmarks are customizable for your library and advertise a variety
of basic services. Also, we have posters in English, Mandarin
Chinese, Korean, French and Spanish again advertising basic library
Another exciting product to promote diversity
in your library is a downloadable screen saver. The screen saver contains the words, “Welcome
to the Library” in nine of the most commonly spoken languages
in East Central Illinois. The screen saver is available for
the PC and Macintosh.
One of the most thrilling speakers I have
ever heard was Rajmohan Gandhi. Mr. Gandhi, the grandson of
Mahatma Gandhi, is currently working at the University of Illinois. He
has graciously allowed us to post his speech at YouTube.com. Due
to space limitations, the speech was broken up into 5 sessions. Find
a link to this wonderful man’s vision and insight at: http://www/librarydiversity.info/R_GandhiPresentation.html.
Our initiative last year brought two more
exciting products to our line up. A 2007 calendar that contains selected holidays, festivals
and celebrations. For LTLS member libraries, and members of
the three other library systems, you will receive the calendar
free of charge!
LTLS launched a diversity forum on our website
to generate ideas and conversation about the world of diversity. Check
it out at: http://www.librarydiversity.info/cgi-bin/diversityforum/YaBB.pl.
As we continue through the fiscal year, LTLS
will be extending an invitation to all of you to attend the 2007
diversity forum. This
will be a statewide forum – date, time and place are still being
arranged. The focus on the forum will be partnerships in our
community. At the end of the forum, library participants working
with their partner will be able to apply to LTLS for a mini-grant
to provide a program, service or event at their library.
I am very proud of the work that LTLS has
accomplished and look forward to an exciting year in diversity! If
you have any thoughts, questions, or suggestions about diversity
in libraries, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or
217-352-0047, Ext. 204.