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Making it REAL! Recruitment, Education, And Learning: Creating a New Generation of Librarians to Serve All New Yorkers
Map of New York; select variables to view (i.e., "Percent Minority" in drop-down boxes at right of map, then "Refresh" map). From American Communities Project
First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me. -- by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945 (TIME, Aug. 28, 1989)
Martin Niemoller was an outspoken advocate for accepting the burden of collective guilt for WW II as a means of atonement for the suffering that the German nation (through the Nazis) had caused before and during WW II. On the other hand, I think that something is missed if one doesn’t understand that the words come from a man who also declared that he "would rather burn his church to the ground, than to preach the Nazi trinity of 'race, blood, and soil.'"
According to Harry W. Mazal, the exact text of what Martin Niemöller said, and which appears in the Congressional Record, 14, October 1968, page 31636, is:
When Hitler attacked the Jews I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned. Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church — and there was nobody left to be concerned.
from Sempra Energy
Cultural Diversity -The recognition that we live in a multicultural society, that each constituent contributes to the development of our society and should have equal opportunities, and that culture determines, consciously or unconsciously, much of our perceptions and behaviors.
Culture includes nationality, race, and ethnicity, as well as other variables, and is manifested in customary behaviors, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative style.
Race “a concept which signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by referring to different types of human bodies”
(Omi and Winant, 1994; p. 55)
"American wins Gold, Kwan Second" (1998)
Institutionalized information practices and organizations ~~ are they value-free? Who/what are privileged?
Cultural Competence is the integration and transformation of knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes used in appropriate cultural settings to increase the quality of services; thereby producing better outcomes (Davis, 1997 referring to health outcomes). [http://cecp.air.org/cultural/Q_integrated.htm#def]
STEREOTYPES are GENERALIZATIONS
PREJUDICES are ATTITUDES
DISCRIMINATION is ACTION
MULTICULTURAL INFORMATION SERVICES - BOTH the provision of multicultural information to all types of users and
the provision of information services specifically targeted to traditionally underserved groups.
Diseño de servicios bibliotecarios para poblaciones multiculturales
Diversity is People
Diversity is Collections
Diversity is Services
-- from an exhibit at Penn State's University Park Campus, Pattee Library