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Thursday, August 6 • 10:00am - 11:00am
1B - Beyond Diversity Initiatives: Nontraditional and Student-centered Approaches to Recruiting BIPOC into Archives and Special Collections Librarianship

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The purpose of this pop-up session is to discuss how Special Collections and Archives departments in academic libraries can provide mentorship and viable/meaningful professional development opportunities for BIPOC. Despite the growing focus on diversity and recruitment by library schools and institutions like SAA, ALA, ACRL among others, BIPOC not only remain underrepresented in the field, but many continue to encounter barriers within library cultures. As many diversity initiatives often focus on current LIS students or those with expressed interest in the profession, this panel will discuss how institutions can leverage their strengths to build and foster diversity programs aimed to recruit prospective undergraduate and graduate students, and library staff and student workers into the profession.

Based on critical pedagogy, and nontraditional and student-centered approaches, the Cal State LA Special Collections & Archives Student Assistant Program is designed to support and mentor students with potential in the field. Cal State LA is one of the largest and most diverse campuses in the CSU system and is uniquely positioned to recruit students into the profession by embedding community-centered archival practices into primary source instruction, outreach and reference services, and the library student worker experience. Topics discussed by the panelists will include: fostering and mentoring students; intentional engagement; student outreach; developing student agency; and the panelists' personal experiences navigating the profession.

The intended audience is special collections and archives personnel in various institutions. The session will proceed as a panel and will invite the audience to discuss, generate, and share ideas/initiatives that can be implemented in their respective institutions/organizations.

avatar for Azalea Camacho

Azalea Camacho

Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, California State University, Los Angeles

avatar for Karina Cardenas

Karina Cardenas

Special Collections and Archives Assistant, California State University, Fresno
avatar for Amalia Castañeda

Amalia Castañeda

Reference Instruction and Outreach Librarian, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Thursday August 6, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Live (Will Be Recorded)