Rhea Smith is the Chair of the OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.
People often think of librarianship as a financially lucrative career, but with many libraries now offering only part-time hours and irregular shifts, it is very possible to become a working-poor librarian.
Why do teams matter? How do we develop strong teams? What challenges do teams face? OLA President Richard Reid and Kasey (Mallen) Whalley tackle these issues and more.
A library reflects the communities and the cultures in which it operates, and library collections and programs reflect the reading tastes, the history and the priorities of the residents.
Before I became a genealogy librarian, I was never really into tracing lines of ancestral descent or into knowing my family tree. Discovering family history seemed so abstract.
The annual Thunder Bay Diversity Breakfast fulfills a very specific mission: To work towards an inclusive, equitable community free of racism and discrimination of any kind.
I have a wealth of training and have done (and continue to do) a plethora of professional reading on learning to read ... the reality is that even the experts cannot quite agree on the “just right” approach.
A conversation between Rashed Ahmad and Todd Kyle that offers two perspectives on inclusivity as it relates to the library world.
Richard Reid and Shelagh Paterson transcript
As library professionals working across a diverse field, we experience tensions and triumphs as we work together. From discord to discourse promotes our capacity to be effective collaborators and co-workers.
A library is clearly “place” in the sense of a physical space filled with books, posters, signs and desks. But just as obviously, a library is also people.
As library staff, we all deal with stressful situations such as a person haggling over $1.50 in fines shrinking budgets and rising costs. Whether we're up north or down south, reflection and sleep can boost our resiliency and stress-wrangling capacity.
Arvind Singh is the chair of the OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Committee and works at the Hamilton Public Library.