Where are YOU in the conversation?

The Conversation Starters, of the 2013-2014 cohort of the Indiana Librarian Leadership Academy, would like to gather feedback from you. In hopes of initiating fruitful conversations regarding cultural competency in Indiana's Libraries our group will create reference and training materials aimed at enhancing services for patrons with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. We are writing today to ask you to share with us what your organization has done in the past, is currently doing or what is planned for the future regarding these issues.

Cultural Competence: A congruent set of behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable a person or group to work effectively in cross-cultural situations; the process by which individuals and systems respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and other diversity factors in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of individuals, families, and communities and protects and preserves the dignity of each (National Association of Social Workers, 2001).

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    Thank you for your input.

    The Conversation Starters Denise Smith, School Librarian, Andrew Academy Charter School, Indianapolis Dianna Burt, Assistant Branch Manager/Children's Librarian, Allen County Public Library Leigh Anne Johnson, Indiana Division Newspaper Librarian, Indiana State Library Madelyn Shackelford Washington, Assistant Librarian, University Library of Columbus