UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes July 29, 2010

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Welcome back from a summer hiatus.
Present: Mack, Roberts, Bolorizadeh, Houston, L Roberson, Gibbs, Stringer-Stanback

The Committee considered upcoming programming and outreach opportunities

1. Tahirah is working on a correlation program with the 2010 Life of the Mind reading selection Mountains Beyond Mountains described as “Expressions”.
2. Dr. Sall presented on his continuing journal to Ghana with senior students for educational enrichment and community service that began in 2005. The students learn to relate to life in Ghana and provide school supplies to the children. The outreach program began building a school/public library in 2007. http://web.utk.edu/~africana/ghana.htm
3. Annazette Houston presented the 50 year UT Desegregation Celebration. This is a year long commemoration including dinners, speeches, and walks. The year will be finalized with a glossy book in 2011.
4. Houston also provided information on a speaker, Missy Jenkins, who will be on campus to discuss her book I Choose to Be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy in October. http://www.missyjenkins.com/

Thura will draft an retention memo for members to see whom wishes to stay on the committee and report to Dean Phillips who is staying on next year.

UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes April 22, 2010

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Planning for the Life of the Mind Mountain Beyond Mountains collaboration with Tahirah. Molly ordered copies. Tahirah is making a Ning site for the Libraries Life of the Mind.

Other ideas

Art Contest based on the subject of the book (TB and TM)

International Festival Table

Schedule sent out on email

Butcher Paper to write about the Library in your language.

World Poster

Swag for visitors

Taking a short brake after the Festival.


UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes February 25, 2010

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Welcome Diversity Residents Rabia Gibbs and Kynita Stringer-Stanback to the Diversity Committee

Committee discussed options for a sister library connection in Haiti. The resource Allie was given was not clear and seemed targeted for individual professionals.
Haïti 2010:
All members will help in finding resources.

Diversity Opportunities

Rabia Gibbs and Kynita Stringer-Stanback are exploring options with the ALA diversity grant and the Diversity Fair.

Upcoming Let’s Talk About It Options

Feminine Self Esteem


Freedom of Speech: speaking out in other counties

Meeting adjourned to Erin’s going away party


New Library Diversity Residents Chosen

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Rabia Gibbs and Kynita Stringer-Stanback join the UT Libraries on Monday, February 1.
Rabia received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in August 2009. She also holds a BA in Philosophy from Evergreen State College and a M.Ed from Arcadia University in Elementary Education.
Kynita received her MS in Library Science from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in May 2009. She has a Bachelor’s degree in African and Afro-American Studies from UNC,CH and has international travel experience.