Celebrating Diversity and Community Year-round: An Academic Library Reaches Out

Sunday, June 30, 2013 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm

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Hall A, Exhibit Floor
Author: Dorthea Stewart, Document Collection Manager, UC San Diego Library
Author: Rachel Myers, Information & Outreach Specialist, UC San Diego Library
Author: gayatri singh, librarian, The UC San Diego Library

An often overlooked aspect of library programming is fostering community and highlighting diversity issues year-round. Traditionally, academic library outreach targets the campus, promoting library services to faculty and students. This poster focuses on how the UC San Diego Social Sciences & Humanities Library’s outreach program broadens the traditional role of the academic library by developing exhibits and events that draw on the rich resources of the Library, our campus and the wider San Diego community.

Throughout the year, the library offers programming that is vibrant, collaborative and engages communities beyond the library and the campus. As our efforts have evolved, we have come to value the diversity that our collaboration with community partners brings to our programs. By cultivating these relationships and highlighting the diversity inherent in our community and subject areas, we realize the UCSD Mission of embracing “diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential ingredients of academic excellence in higher education.”

We offer a model for library programming that makes diversity a cornerstone. Based on increased attendance and preliminary, positive feedback, this approach works. This type of programming allows attendees to make personal connections and creates a feeling of inclusion—two elements that are crucial to student success. Documents, photos, and marketing materials illustrate how to identify community partners and link outreach efforts to an academic library’s mission and curriculum. Attendees will leave with strategies for finding community and campus partners, and an understanding of how to develop diversity in exhibits and events.

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Session Materials: 
Celebrating Community and Diversity Year round examples.pdf - Uploaded by Gayatri Singh (Jun 25, 2013 - 6.22 MB
ala poster session final poster 2013.pdf - Uploaded by Gayatri Singh (Jun 25, 2013 - 7.32 MB
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Monday, June 3, 2013 - 12:46pm CDT
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Examples of exhibits and events