Banned Books Week – September 23-29, 2018
Beginning in 1982, the American Library Association has designated the last week of September as Banned Books Week. In partnership with the Department of English and Sigma Tau Delta: the International English Honor Society, the Library Diversity Committee held a number of events to publicize the 6th Annual Banned Books Read-Out. Held on September 26th, students, staff and faculty read from banned or challenged books in five minute increments from 11am until 3pm.
On September 12th Library, Museums & Press staff, along with students and Administration participated in a Virtual Read-Out of the challenged book And Tango Makes Three.
To publicize the Read-Out, Dr. April Kendra, professor of English, along with Library Diversity Committee co-chairs, Kathy Cephas and Amanda McCollum were interviewed on WVUD’s Campus Voices. Click here to listen to the interview.
First Year Common Reader Brown Bag Discussion – September 17, 2018
The Library Diversity Committee hosted a brown bag book discussion on Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren on September 17th, in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room. The book, selected as the 2018 First Year Common Reader, is the memoir of Jahren, a noted geobiologist and professor. University staff and students participated in a discussion led by Lauren Wallis, First Year Experience and student success librarian.
Webinar: Battling Impostor Syndrome in the Workplace
The Library Diversity Committee and UDLAPS Mentoring Program co-hosted an ALA-LLAMA webinar on Battling Impostor Syndrome in the Workplace on June 13th in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room. Presented by Aisha Conner-Gaten, Instructional Design Librarian, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California and Stephanie Van Ness, Library Supervisor, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona (with additional content development by Kimberly Tate-Louie,Graduate Student, SUSC Master of Management in Library & Information Science) the webinar discussed Impostor Syndrome and identifying meaningful strategies to combat it.
Money Smart Week — April 21-28, 2018
The Library Diversity Committee sponsored three presentations by financial literacy speakers and law enforcement officers as a part of a national Money Smart Week initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago). Free and open to the public, topics discussed included understanding credit, reducing debt, preventing identity theft and tips for finding money to invest.
Webinar: Managing Microagressions in the Workplace
On February 15th, the Diversity Committee hosted a brown bag discussion featuring a webinar on Microaggressions in the Workplace presented by Kimberly Brown-Harden, Northwest Regional Coordinator, Indiana State Library. Immediately following, Maisha Duncan Instruction Librarian, Fashion and Apparel Studies Liaison, Organizational Learning Coordinator, and UDLib/SEARCH Training Coordinator University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press facilitated a discussion with Library Staff present about Microaggressions.
Webinar: “Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone—Men Included”
On December 11th, the Library Diversity Committee hosted a brown bag discussion based on Michael Kimmel’s TED Talk: Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone—Men Included. Immediately following the video, Adam Foley, Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Equity and Inclusion, facilitated a discussion.
2017 First Year Common Reader Book Discussion
On October 9th, the Library Diversity Committee hosted a brown bag discussion of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Whitehead’s novel tells the story of Cora, a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who takes a terrifying risk and escapes in a desperate bid for freedom. The First Year Common Reader provides a chance for University employees and others to more fully participate in the intellectual activities organized around the work chosen. The discussion was led by Lauren Wallis, First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian. The event was co-sponsored by the Library Staff Association and the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press.
Banned Book Read Out – September 27, 2017
On Wednesday, Sept. 27 students, professors and library staff participated in the University of Delaware’s fifth annual Banned Books Read-Out. Held in front of Morris Library, on the South Green, excerpts from banned or challenged books were read in five minute increments starting at 11 a.m and ending at 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Department of English; Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society and the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, the Banned Book Read Out was part of a number of Banned Books Week (September 24 - September 30, 2017) events. Participants also used the Student Multimedia Design Center’s One-Button Studio to record themselves reading an excerpt from a banned or challenged book. These videos were shared on social media as part of the American Library Association’s Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament.
Money Smart Week – April 22-29, 2017
The Library Diversity Committee sponsored a series of financial literacy speakers on April 26, 2017 as part of a national Money Smart Week initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming on a variety topics, with special emphasis on managing student debt, a concern that disproportionately affects students from underrepresented groups.
Banned Books Event – September 30, 2016
The Library Diversity Committee (LDC) partnered with the English Department and Sigma Tau Delta (the English National Honor Society) to present and publicize a number of Banned Books Week (September 25 – October 1, 2016) programs and exhibits. The Banned Book Read-Out on September 30, 2016 featured students, faculty, and staff reading passages from books that have been banned or challenged. The event also featured a display of challenged books, graphic novels, and films from the University of Delaware Library and the Education Resource Center. The hashtag #udreadsbannedbooks captured tweets on banned books topics throughout the week. In addition, the Library displayed a selection of banned and censored books from its Special Collections as part of an exhibition, Banned Books, curated by Alexander Johnston, Senior Assistant Librarian.
First Year Common Reader Book Discussion – September 28, 2016
The Library Diversity Committee hosted a brown bag discussion of Julie Otsuka’s book, When the Emperor was Divine, the 2016 First Year Common Reader on September 28, 2016 to provide a chance for University employees and others to more fully participate in the intellectual activities organized around the First Year Reader. Otsuka’s award-winning memoir recounts the experiences of a Japanese-American family in an internment camp during World War II. The discussion was moderated by members of the Morris Library staff. The event was open to members of the UD community, as well as interested individuals from outside the university.
Exhibition Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act– July 21, 2015 to December 15, 2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in the areas of employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. Inspired in part by the civil rights legislation of the 1960s, this landmark law was signed by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. To commemorate this event, the University of Delaware Library Diversity Committee presents an exhibition entitled “25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.” This exhibition features books, videos, and other information related to the ADA and the topic of disability rights. It will cover four major areas: an overview and explanation of the ADA; an overview of the disability rights movement; implementation and compliance issues; and employment and human resources information. The exhibition was curated by the members of the University of Delaware Library Diversity Committee: Nicole Allaband, Tammi Kim, Curtis Small, Jr., and Theresa Warren. It will be on display in the Information Area of Morris Library from July 21, 2015 to December 15, 2015. The online exhibition will continue at https://exhibits.lib.udel.edu/exhibits/show/ada-25.
First Year Common Reader Book Discussion – October 13, 2015
The Library Staff Association (LSA) and the Library Diversity Committee (LDC) co-sponsored a brown bag book discussion on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from noon to 1:00 p.m., in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room. The book was selected as the University of Delaware 2015 First Year Common Reader. Library staff were invited to participate during their lunch hour whether or not they had finished the book. Library student assistants were also invited to attend the book discussion on personal time. Both physical and electronic versions of this book are available through the Library.
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act – June 3, 2015
The University of Delaware Library Diversity Committee presented a panel discussion entitled “Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act” on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room in the Morris Library. The invited panelists included:
Dr. Laura Eisenman, Associate Professor, Department of Education, and Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Disability Studies minor at University of Delaware – Slides
Ms. Anne Jannarone, Director of Disability Support Services at University of Delaware
Mr. Jonathan Jeffery, Associate Librarian and Assistive Technology Center Librarian, Reference and Instructional Services Department, University of Delaware Library
The audience for the event included the University of Delaware Library staff as well as the larger University Community. The panelists spoke about disability services available within Morris Library and elsewhere on campus, and helped participants to understand how better to support users with special needs. At the end of the event John Jeffery provided a tour of the Assistive Technology Center in the Morris Library.
First Year Common Reader Book Discussion – October 28, 2014
The Library Staff Association (LSA) and the Library Diversity Committee (LDC) co-sponsored a brown bag book discussion on Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from noon to 1:00 p.m., in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room. The book was selected as the University of Delaware 2014 First Year Common Reader. Library staff were invited to participate during their lunch hour whether or not they had finished the book. Library student assistants were also invited to attend the book discussion on personal time. Both physical and electronic versions of this book are available through the Library.
Breast Cancer Awareness Event – October 9, 2014
On October 9, 2014, the University of Delaware Library Assembly of Professional Staff (UDLAPS), Library Staff Association (LSA), the Library Nonexempt Staff Council (LNSC) and the Library Diversity Committee (LDC) co-sponsored two events on breast cancer awareness. The morning session featured Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR), and Ellen Justice, Community Health Librarian for the Junior Board Cancer Resource Library at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. These guest speakers highlighted numerous cancer resources for patients and caregivers both nationwide and in Delaware, and those links are all available on the LibGuide for the event (https://guides.lib.udel.edu/cancerawareness). The afternoon session was an informal group conversation with Denise Burket, Marie Seymour-Green, and Sherri Sobocinski, who spoke candidly about their recent experiences with breast cancer.
Mid-Autumn Festival – September 8, 2014
On September 8, 2014, the Library Diversity Committee presented a celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is observed in China and elsewhere in Asia. The program included a presentation of folklore, food, and music facilitated by Carrie Wang, a musician and visiting scholar at The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware. The program was scheduled to coincide with the actual date of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, which is observed on the 15th of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar.