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Rutgers University Libraries: RUL 2000/2001 Multicultural Blueprint Report

March 20, 2001

To:	Joseph J. Seneca
	University Vice President for Academic Affairs

From:	Marianne Gaunt

Re:	RUL 2000/2001 Multicultural Blueprint Report

Enclosed is the Rutgers University Libraries' report on multicultural programs and activities in 2000/2001. Many of the activities included in this report were planned by the Libraries Advisory Committee on Diversity in conjunction with departments and units within the Libraries, as well as with university departments and external organizations. They included organizations and departments such as Rutgers University Center for African Studies, Latin American Studies Program, the Rutgers Global Programs, SCILS, Paul Robeson Culture Center, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, American Library Association, Asian American Cultural Center; Laubach Literacy International, Nordic Library Associations, Nordic academic institutions, Nordic Cultural Affairs, The Japan Foundation, The Japanese Office of Cultural Affairs, New Brunswick Sister Cities Program and regional high schools.

The Libraries are thankful for the contributions and support that each group has made to our multicultural programs during the past year, and look forward to further cooperation with them and other organizations to plan and conduct activities that foster and promote diversity in the university community.

Rutgers University Libraries
2000/01 Multicultural Programs

Goal Number 1: Foster a greater sense of community by improving civility and understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences.

1. Title of Program:

Multicultural Collections

2. Date of Implementation:

New __
Continuing _x_
Planned for the future __ (approximate starting date:_______________)

3. Name of the program director(s): Robert Sewell

Sponsoring organization (if applicable):

4. Brief description of the program, its purpose, and the target population:

With an additional allocation each year specifically for the purchase of multicultural library materials, the Libraries add a significant amount of books and some electronic databases. The allocated money, $11,500, is divided among the three campuses as follows: 70% - New Brunswick, 20% - Newark, and 10% - Camden.

Following is a breakdown of purchases for each campus:

New Brunswick:

Camden:

Newark:

5. Number of participants: A number of selectors in the Libraries.

6. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative to date:

The program has enabled the Libraries to acquire additional multicultural library materials.

7. Current cost of the program and the FTE number of professional and clerical staff involved

It is difficult to assess the total current cost and number of FTE of professional and clerical staff. Cost would include the time professionals spend on selection of material and staff time for processing of orders, cataloging, shelving and circulating books.

8. The estimated annual cost of continuing the program and addressing all of its major and continuing concerns: NA

Rutgers University Libraries
2000/01 Multicultural Programs

Goal Number 1: Foster a greater sense of community by improving civility and understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences.

1. Title of Program:

Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series

2. Date of Implementation:

New __
Continuing _ x__
Planned for the future __ (approximate starting date:_________)

3. Name of the program director(s): Ferris Olin, Ph.D.

Sponsoring organization (if applicable):

4. Brief description of the program, its purpose, and the target population:

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series is the oldest, continuous running exhibition series dedicated to making visible the work of emerging and established contemporary women artists. Founded in 1971 at located at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library, it has always been multicultural in its approach.

5. Number of participants:

This year we will have shown the works of 8 artists, including one from India.

6. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative to date:

The exhibition series is internationally recognized for its contributions to contemporary art history. On campus, it has been effective in introducing students and visitors to a wide scope of contemporary art-- movements, media, styles-- and for engaging them in dialogs about art and aesthetics.

7. Current cost of the program and the FTE number of professional and clerical staff involved:

The program is self-supporting through endowment monies and is maintained by a librarian as part of her duties.

8. The estimated annual cost of continuing the program and addressing all of its major and continuing concerns: No extra costs have been paid outside of the budget of the Series.

Rutgers University Libraries
2000/01 Multicultural Programs

Goal number 2: Review efforts to retain students [with learning disabilities]

1. Title of Program:

Acquisition of Windoweyes

2. Date of Implementation: Fall 2000

New _x_
Continuing __
Planned for the future __ (approximate starting date:__________)

3. Name of the program director(s): Francoise S. Puniello

Sponsoring organization (if applicable): University Libraries

4. Brief description of the program, its purpose, and the target population:

The University Libraries acquired six computers and a site license to acquire Windoweyes software for our students who are blind or visually impaired. Students with learning disabilities can also use it. The program enables the computer to speak aloud whatever appears on the computer screen, thereby permitting students who are blind to have access to the Internet, our many electronic databases, reference tools, and full-text resources.

5. Number of participants:

To date approximately 5, as more publicity is done it will be used more.

6. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative to date:

Have received positive verbal feedback. We are currently developing a formal assessment instrument.

7. Current cost of the program and the FTE number of professional and clerical staff involved:

We received $15,000 from a grant. Many staff gave time to this project, most significantly the Systems Department and the coordinators of services to patrons with disabilities in each library.

8. The estimated annual cost of continuing the program and addressing all of its major and continuing concerns:

It is labor intensive as we train people to use this program. Also, in 3-5 years we will need to upgrade or replace the machines as the hardware becomes out of date.

Rutgers University Libraries
2000/2001 Multicultural Programs

Goal Number 3: Increase minority faculty and staff recruitment and retention in order to support Rutgers' commitment to excellence.

1. Title of Program:

Rutgers University Libraries/SCILS Internship/Residency Program

2. Date of Implementation:

New __
Continuing _x_
Planned for the future __ (approximate starting date:___________)

This is a continuing program, which was initiated in March 1998. The first intern/resident, Lonnie Johnson was appointed in September 1998. Mr. Johnson will complete the three-year program in September 2001. We are currently searching for the next candidate to begin the program for the period September 2001-2004.

3. Name of the program director(s):

An internship committee appointed by University Librarian, Marianne Gaunt, consisting of Marjorie Li, chair; Francoise Puniello, ThelmaTate, Sandra Troy, and Prof. Jana Varlejs, is engaged in the current search. The same committee worked on the previous search.

Sponsoring organization (if applicable):

4. Brief description of the program, its purpose, and the target population:

The internship/residency program supports the university's long-standing commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action and its efforts to increase diversity. Because recruitment of a multicultural population is a goal shared by the Libraries and the Library and Information Science (LIS) Department, the internship/ residency program has been developed and will be jointly administered. Admission to the program is competitive and requires a commitment of three years: two to complete the MLS degree taking 9 credits per semester and working 25 hours per week in RUL (full-time during the summer), and upon graduation, one year in post-graduate residency. Annual compensation will be $31,000 with a complete package of benefits, including medical coverage, tuition remission and one-month vacation.

5. Number of participants:

Lonnie Johnson is completing the program and another candidate will begin in September 2001.

6. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative to date:

The program has been highly successful. Mr. Johnson was given the opportunity to experience a comprehensive overview of librarianship while studying for the MLS degree at SCILS. He began in access services, moved to the Kilmer Library where he developed a business pathfinder using HTML and helped to complete an instructional guide to the Dow Jones Index. He worked at Technical and Automated Services in acquisitions, cataloging and database management. Mr. Johnson spent a semester at the Dana Library where he performed reference services and at its Institute of Jazz Studies working on the development of a database of memorabilia holdings. He worked in the office of the University Librarian, attending meetings with her and working on several of her projects. In the last year of the program, as a resident, Mr. Johnson works as a reference librarian in the New Brunswick Libraries and in the Scholarly Communication Center where he is working on a digitized project for the Special Collections unit. The internship/residency has gained national attention and serves as a model for other academic libraries.

7. Current cost of the program and the FTE number of professional and clerical staff involved

The cost of the program is continuing use of the line for the internship (and providing benefits).

8. The estimated annual cost of continuing the program and addressing all of its major and continuing concerns:

Continuing use of the line will ensure the success of the program.

Rutgers University Libraries
2000/01 Multicultural Programs

Goal Number 1: Foster a greater sense of community by improving civility and understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences.

1. Title of Program: The Annual Diversity Fair of the American Library Association

2. Date of Implementation: July 2000

New __
Continuing __X
Planned for the future __ (approximate starting date: June 16, 2001 )

3. Name of the program director(s): Sandra Troy; Thelma H. Tate

Sponsoring organization (if applicable): RUL Advisory Committee on Diversity;

The American Library Association

4. Brief description of the program, its purpose, and the target population:

For the third consecutive year, the Rutgers University Libraries Diversity Initiatives has been selected by the American Library Association for a national model and highlighted in a nationwide Diversity Fair during its Annual Conference in 2000.

Exhibited in the Multiple Categories of the Association's Fair, the topic of the session was "Rutgers University Libraries Build Community: Partnerships to Support Diversity." It demonstrated Rutgers University Libraries outreach activities ranging from the establishment of a Global Outreach Services Position in the academic environment to serve various multicultural communities. Of special significance was the fact that it reflected partnerships developed locally in the New Brunswick community, with New Jersey Corporate sector, with the ALA Outreach Services, and in the International arena. Examples of these projects are:

1. Rutgers New Brunswick Sister Cities Program with Fukui/Tsuroka, Japan;

2. Plainfield Community Services with Rutgers University and Princeton University's "Religion and Diversity Lecture";

3. InRoads of Central New Jersey, Incorporated Conference with the goal of developing internships for minority students. InRoads is a consortium of international corporations that seek to develop a viable workforce through paid internships;

4. "Global Outreach Services in Academic Libraries" Symposium with Satia Orange, Director of ALA's Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) in conjunction with Rutgers University Global Programs Office, Rutgers Career Placement Services, the African Studies Association, and the Center for African Studies; &

5. "Listening to Africa-The role of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair" Symposium with Margaret Ling, Director of Promotions and Sales for distribution of African publications in North America, Europe and the Americas. Ms. Ling was from the London Office and represented the Zimbabwe International Book/Fair.

5. Number of participants: Approximately 70

6. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative to date:

Not only did this session in the Exhibition give superb marketing for the creative work that is being done to support the mission of the University, but it also served as a model for the kind of diversity initiatives that academic libraries could implement to inform the community and help prepare a workforce for the 21st century.

7. Current cost of the program and the FTE number of professional and clerical staff involved:

Cost: Approximately $600.00
FTE: 2 professionals who planned the display and represented the libraries in discussions during the Fair
1 clerical staff who assisted in the preparation of the materials

8. The estimated annual cost of continuing the program and addressing all of its major and continuing concerns:

Approximately $600.00.

Rutgers University Libraries
2000/01 Multicultural Programs

Goal Number 1: Foster a greater sense of community by improving civility and understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences.

1. Title of Program: Cloud Gate Dance Company Working Session and Performance

2. Date of Implementation: October 27, 2000

New _x_
Continuing __
Planned for the future __ (approximate starting date: ________)

3. Name of the program director(s): Dr. To-Thi Bosacchi, Asian American Cultural Center; Marjorie Li

Sponsoring organization (if applicable): RUL Advisory Committee on Diversity; Asian American Cultural Center

4. Brief description of the program, its purpose, and the target population:

The Diversity Committee cosponsored this program that brought the Cloud Gate Dance Company to Rutgers for a working session with the Rutgers Dance Department and Performing Arts Program. In addition, Diversity Committee promoted and attended the Company's interstate performance in the Newark, New Jersey Theater.

5. Number of participants:

At Rutgers: 200
In Newark Theater: Appr. 700

6. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative to date:

These activities provided excellent enrichment and a better understanding of the cultural heritage and contributions from our Asian community.

7. Current cost of the program and the FTE number of professional and clerical staff involved:

Cost: $300.00 (In-kind) Contributions
FTE: 2

8. The estimated annual cost of continuing the program and addressing all of its major and continuing concerns: NA

Rutgers University Libraries
2000/01 Multicultural Programs

Goal Number 1: Foster a greater sense of community by improving civility and understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences.

1. Title of Program: Area Studies and Collections: African, Latin American, Spanish, Portuguese, Asian

2. Date of Implementation: November 8, 2000;11:15-12:15pm

New __X
Continuing __
Planned for the future __ (approximate starting date:_________)

2. Name of the program director(s): Ryoko Toyama, Thelma H. Tate, Lourdes Vazquez

Sponsoring organization (s) (if applicable): RUL Advisory Committee on Diversity; New Brunswick Libraries; Rutgers University Libraries; Latin American Studies Program; and the Rutgers University Center for African Studies

4. Brief description of the program, its purpose, and the target population:

This program was designed to introduce international visitors from the Princeton University Center for Migration and Development to some aspects of collections, research, and access services in Rutgers University Libraries. It provided opportunities for members of the library faculty to better understand the current work of scholars in these areas, to explore potential for collaboration in research initiatives, and establish contacts for networking.

5. Number of participants: 25

6. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative to date:

This program was especially beneficial to the bibliographer for Latin American, African, Spanish, and Asian Studies; for data and technical scholars developing and sharing resources in these areas; and for librarians working in the areas of Anthropology and Sociology.

7. Current cost of the program and the FTE number of professional and clerical staff involved:

Cost: $100.00 (In-kind) support
FTEs: 4 Professionals for a total of 6 hours

8. The estimated annual cost of continuing the program and addressing all of its major and continuing concerns: NA

Rutgers University Libraries
2000/01 Multicultural Programs

Goal Number 1: Foster a greater sense of community by improving civility and understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences.

1. Title of Program: LIBRARIES, LITERACY & LEARNING: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

2. Date of Implementation: Monday, December 11, 2000 (12:00-3:00pm)

New __
Continuing __X
Planned for the future __ (approximate starting date: December 2001)

3. Name of the program director(s): Thelma Tate; Ryoko Toyama; Seth Gopin; Betty Turock, Dean Gus Freidrich and SCILS Faculty

Sponsoring organization (s) (if applicable): RUL Advisory Committee on Diversity; Rutgers Global Programs; SCILS; Laubach Literacy International; Paul Robeson Culture Center; New Brunswick Libraries

4. Brief description of the program, its purpose, and the target population:

The Immediate Past President of the world's most recognized international organization (IFLA) that represents the interest of librarians worldwide, Prof. Robert Wedgeworth was the keynote speaker in this symposium. Serving on a responding panel was Prof. Emeritus and Special Counselor to Dean Gus Friedrich of SCILS, New Brunswick Libraries Director Ryoko Toyama; Preservation Officer Kristen St. John; Dana Document and Business Librarian Wen-Hua Ren; Chairperson of the RUL Library Faculty Myoung Chung Wilson; and Media Librarian Martin Kesselman. The purpose of this symposium was to provide annual focus on diversity within the library community and throughout the global community. It highlighted the importance of diversity in library service, in literacy development, and in training for the profession of librarianship. The target audience included the faculty, the staff, the Library School, as well as graduate students preparing for the profession and for work in libraries.

5. Number of participants: 32

6. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative to date:

The symposium highlighted some of the diversity and leadership within our academic community. It was especially beneficial in highlighting diversity in the international community as reflected in African-American heritage of the keynote speaker, Prof. Wedgeworth who has held the highest post in the world; and who is now serving as Interim President in one of the world's most well-known literacy organizations. The fact that the keynote speaker also conducted post-graduate studies at Rutgers brought added value for diversity enrichment. Moreover, the esteemed panel of speakers represented model leaders from our diverse population at Rutgers, and showed the impact of concerted initiatives on the part of the university to bring a diverse workforce into service at Rutgers. Such programs inform the community and show diversity in action to help fill the University's mission.

7. Current cost of the program and the FTE number of professional and clerical staff involved:

Cost: Appr. $1000.00
FTE: 2 professionals and 2 clerical staff

8. The estimated annual cost of continuing the program and addressing all of its major and continuing concerns: Same

Rutgers University Libraries
2000/01 Multicultural Programs

Goal Number 1: Foster a greater sense of community by improving civility and understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences.

1. Title of Program: Innovations in Electronic Information Services:Rutgers/Nordic Initiatives - A Seminar

2. Date of Implementation: January 18, 2001; 9:30-3:45pm

New __X
Continuing __
Planned for the future __ (approximate starting date: ___________- )

3. Name of the program director(s): Ryoko Toyama; Thelma Tate; Myoung Chung Wilson; Martin Kesselman; Annesofie Oscarsson, Head of Reference at Sweden's Umea University Library

Sponsoring organization (s)(if applicable): RUL Advisory Committee on Diversity; Nordic Library Associations, Nordic academic institutions; Nordic Cultural Affairs; International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

3. Brief description of the program, its purpose, and the target population:

Planned in conjunctions with librarians of Rutgers and Nordic librarians who are involved in collaborative IFLA work, this seminar focused attention on research and initiatives that are taking place in the various libraries to implement and provide electronic reference services. These initiatives represent steps that are taking place as a preliminary to "real-time" reference service that is at the forefront of innovations in academic institutions.

5. Number of participants: 56

6. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative to date:

While librarians from Rutgers and the Nordic Region had participated in IFLA activities on the topic, this seminar allowed quality time to explore what was taking place in these institutions as leaders in the area of technological innovations. In addition to providing cultural enrichment for the faculty and staff, members of the groups made appropriate contact for ongoing research and collaboration on electronic reference and delivery services.

7. Current cost of the program and the FTE number of professional and clerical staff involved: Cost: $1400.00

FTE: Five Professionals
2 clerical staff - appr. 2 hours

8. The estimated annual cost of continuing the program and addressing all of its major and continuing concerns:

Because individual librarians will be developing initiatives with Nordic colleagues that may involve further exchange of ideas and research, the cost may be covered through research grants or in-kind support.

Rutgers University Libraries
2000/01 Multicultural Programs

Goal Number 1: Foster a greater sense of community by improving civility and understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences.

1. Title of Program: Fukui High School Delegation

2. Date of Implementation: March 13, 2001

New __
Continuing __X
Planned for the future __ (approximate starting date: January 2002 )

4. Name of the program director(s): Thelma Tate, Ryoko Toyama, Ruth Simmons, Richard Sandler

Sponsoring organization (s) (if applicable): RUL Advisory Committee on Diversity; The Japan Foundation; the Japanese Office of Cultural Affairs; Regional High Schools; and New Brunswick Sister Cities Program

4. Brief description of the program, its purpose, and the target population:

In a planned program, the Rutgers Curator of the Griffis Collection gave a media presentation shoring unique archives in the collection of Rutgers' faculty teaching and supporting the educational reform movement in Fukui, Japan in the 1800s. The impact of this was that many of the students came to Rutgers for further education as documented in the images presented by Ms. Simmons. This unique collection of materials are now housed and curated in the Rutgers University Libraries for worldwide access. In addition, the Director of New Brunswick Libraries highlighted some of the innovations in technology that have been implemented at Rutgers.

5. Number of participants: 55

6. Evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative to date:

This program gave much "food for thought" for these high school students who are at the stage of considering where they might continue their education upon graduation from high school. It was also a time for the advisors, teachers, supporters, organizers and librarians to strengthen networking as they provide guidance to the students.

7. Current cost of the program and the FTE number of professional and clerical staff involved:

$500.00 (In-kind)
FTE: 3 professionals for 1 hour; and 2 hours of planning by 1 professional

8. The estimated annual cost of continuing the program and addressing all of its major and continuing concerns: NA



 
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