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Feeling the Joy: Working Across Difference in the 21st Century

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Friday October 10th from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Defining microaggressions, cover racial microaggressions and microaggressions toward LGBT people, and how this affects librarians and potential implications for the future of the profession. 

Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to members of marginalized groups, and they can negatively affect an organization's culture. Experiences of microaggressions can lead individuals to feel increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, which may result in their physical or psychological departures from their organizations. In extreme cases, microaggressions may eventually lead to an individual's departure from his or her chosen profession. 

Why should we use Cultural competency based training?

Cultural competence refers to a person’s capacity to apply various characteristics such as “knowledge, social motives, traits, thought patterns, mind-sets and way of thinking, feeling and acting” (Dubois and Rothwell, 2004) “to understand and respect cultural differences and to address issues of disparity among diverse populations competently.” (Montiel Overall, 2009). This session will introduce the ACRL Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Library 2012 as a foundation for the discussion and explore how libraries are incorporating these standards in their hiring, staff development and promotion practices as a means to become diversity competent organizations.


Alanna Aiko Moore is the Librarian for Sociology, Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she focuses on liaison work, collection development, instruction and outreach.  Alanna is a 2003 Spectrum Scholar, served on the steering committee for the 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, and is a board member for the UCSD’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center.  Alanna has presented and published on mentorship, diversity issues and building campus connections and consults for academic libraries. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association.  Prior to entering the library profession, Alanna worked in the non-profit sector as an activist, organizer, and administrator. 

Alexandra Rivera is the Student Enrichment and Community Outreach Librarian at the University of Michigan (UM) Library. Among her many duties, she manages the Peer Information Counseling Program which is a library peer tutoring model designed to support the academic success of students from diverse backgrounds. In addition she is responsible for coordinating the UM Library’s K-12 initiatives, and is the library liaison to the UM’s Detroit Center. Throughout her career, she has been a manager and librarian focused on outreach, instruction and communication with a particular interest in issues related to diversity and inclusion.  She is a long-time member of the American Library Association and REFORMA, a national association and ALA affiliate that promotes library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.   

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For additional questions please contact:

Tara Foxx-Lupo
Senior Librarian|Joel D. Valdez Main Library
Pima County Public Library
101 N. Stone Avenue | Tucson, Arizona 85701
520-594-5655 phone | 520-594-5621 fax

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