Working with immigrant communities to promote social justice: New ways of teaching library service
Association for Library and Information Science Education: ALISE 2021 Conference Proceedings
This poster presentation is a summary updated of the recent 2020 ALISE Conn@ct mini-grant project: Integrating Immigrants into the LIS Workforce: A Pilot, Collaborative Project received by the REFORMA Education committee in collaboration with REFORMA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Prince George's County Memorial Library System and Montgomery County Public Libraries. This grant offered an opportunity to develop and integrate a social justice oriented approach for advancing education for future LIS professionals through research and development of a self-paced mini course on the introduction to librarianship for highly skilled immigrants. In response to gaps within current practice, this pilot recruitment project served as a model for progressive community action within the LIS field. There are currently limited avenues or resources for immigrants and refugees to deeply learn about U.S. librarianship as a career path. The project encourages LIS faculty and library professionals to include substantive content on how globalization, self-actualization, and immigration are intertwined through use of a specific framework. As required of the grant recipients, we were encouraged to present the project in a poster presentation at the 2021 ALISE Conference and therefore offer this submission to fulfill that requirement.
immigrants, pedagogy, social justice, community engagement, LIS workforce
Michele Villagran. "Working with immigrant communities to promote social justice: New ways of teaching library service" Association for Library and Information Science Education: ALISE 2021 Conference Proceedings (2021).