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Meeting Notes 5/11/2017

Facilitator: Andres
Blogger: Melanie

Attending: Andres, Melanie, Gilbert, Kristin, Loretta, Roxanne, Jennifer

ACRL Diversity Alliance: conference report & UTL membership (Roxanne)

  • Panel presentation at ACRL, both Roxanne and Loretta attended, included 3 people from Diversity Alliance fellowships
  • Alliance FAQ online
  • Alliance is truly focused on librarians; by contrast, at DAC’s Open Meeting, we had conversations about how to promote diversity in other types of positions in the information profession. For example, residency programs are for people already in the librarianship pipeline. How can we recruit more diversity to that pipeline, e.g. high school recruitment?
  • Roxanne provided takeaways from an article on evaluations of academic library diversity residency programs, which she shared previously via DAC list
  • UTL conversations about Alliance membership are on hold due to reorganization, current budget constraints
    • Jennifer Heath is in conversations with current Alliance members to get lessons learned, etc.
    • Timing might be right for DAC to submit recommendations to UTL administration over the summer with pending budget decisions.
    • Ideal is to have two Librarian I fellows (so one person isn’t burdened as sole representative of diversity).
  • Discussion about funding fellowship positions:
    • Loretta recalls  hearing about creative strategies for funding fellowship positions at ACRL.
    • Jennifer mentions 1-time funds, but dependent on Provost office
    • What about endowment opportunities? This is on UTL Advancement’s radar, but there are challenges in seeking donations for this type of thing
    • Discussion around looking at UT Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, how to tie in our effort, seek UT funding opps.
  • Action item for co-chairs: Revisit DAC support for residency program, and raise topic of DAC recommendations in upcoming LSC/Admin meeting early June
  • Action item for DAC team Roxanne and Kristin: draft recommendations

Annual membership changeover / co-chair election (Andres)

  • This month concludes our current membership cycle.
  • Stacy shifting to Associate Member status, with interest in continuing work on reflection space and social media communications.
  • Allyssa needs to step down.
  • Jessica Trelogan shifting to Associate Member.
  • Next steps & action items:
    • Next DAC meeting scheduled for Thursday June 8
    • Get meeting facilitator & blogger signups going
    • Next week, contacting Open Meeting guests and other interested parties to invite them to join
    • Co-chair nominations – Melanie and Andres put together a timetable, with goal of voting in July.
    • July meeting date/time tbd, avoid July 4th vicinity.
    • Meeting scheduling for summer semester pending.
  • Co-chair voting via Qualtrics poll agreed upon.

Open Meeting follow- up / bystander training

  • Many members thought it went well, noting that smaller discussion groups (enabled by the station rotation format) are a rare opportunity.
  • Bystander Intervention Training – targeted audiences/scheduling considerations?
    • Jennifer suggests having sessions bringing both students and staff together, maybe more frequent/options to make it more available.
    • Jennifer volunteers to coordinate it
    • Kristin suggests we investigate a train-the-trainer option from BeVocal
  • FYI Micro Agressions Training DVD available via HR
    • Andres recommends second half with case-study of establishing a program, and will share slides
  • Summary of post-it takeaways from Open Meeting – interest in Outreach/High school recruitment idea
    • Reminder of iSchool Diversity Group & sponsor faculty Diane Bailey
  • Preparing for DAC current response – how to have seasoned/trained facilitators on hand?
    • Jennifer Heath has contacts who could be on hand as guest expert facilitators
    • Suggestion to get DAC members trained up
    • Needs: promotion strategy, facilitation guidance, ground rules for discussion
    • Melanie volunteers to help organize around this

Beyond Barriers event recap (Melanie & Andres)

  • We attended the UTL-hosted a panel event with ALA and TLA presidents, UT DDCE Vice President, & Austin Mayor (recording available online)
  • Discussed highlight from the panel: differing views on value propositions of diversity
  • Suggestion to give feedback to UTL administration that more time allotted for this kind of event would be great – we observed that more time for speakers to warm up, engage with each other, and more time for audience Q/A would provide deeper engagement with the topic.
  • Action item: Melanie to send notes out and share city report on blog
  • Action item: Andres to follow up on Monarch program mentioned by Kristen Hogan in post-event chat.

Meeting Minutes 4/17/2017

Facilitator: Stacy Ogilvie

Blogger: Andres Ramirez

Attending: Stacy Ogilvie, Andres Ramirez, Melanie Cofield, Jennifer Heath, Kristin Walker, Loretta Wallace, Jessica Trelogan,

Absent: Gilbert Borrego, Roxanne Bogucka, Allyssa Guzman

Spring Panel Recap – (Jennifer / 15 minutes)

JH and GB learned a lot from the experience of organizing the panel event, though decided not to quit their day jobs.  Found it is very helpful that Thao does the behind-the-scenes planning and using Basecamp helps to organize the project.  Was very helpful for all the presenters to meet beforehand, and discuss.  Allowed them to learn about the other panelists first and see how they fit into the larger discussion.  Really worked well having two people planning the panel and sharing the work.  Jennifer & Gilbert plan to create a quick guide for planning future events.  JH and GB to also follow-up with brief recap blurb on blog.

Comments & Feedback: Were all panelists able to be heard?  Do AV staff fix sound recording levels?  Next time provide name tags for all panelists & moderator.  PG was great moderator.  In the future, perhaps allow time for thoughtful silence between questions and responses, allowing attendees to think of questions.  Panelists did refer to JH as timekeeper to stay on time.  One comment mentioned it seemed that the speakers were rushed (given the limited time).  Comment concerned about the interpreters leaving.  The interpreters monitor the room to see if audience is watching translation. After 30 minutes, they only stay if an interpreter is needed.  PG said that UTL Teaching and Learning Services is using boilerplate language that he & SSD helped to develop – we should contact Michele O. to see if it will be appropriate for DAC uses, and maybe suggest it for general UTL use

Good attendance, 33 attendees signed the roster.  There were some students who attended, and people from the Hogg Foundation, who found out through Facebook.  Potentially look into using FB and social media to get the word out, but there needs to be someone keeping up with it.  Other campus groups have FB pages and do get traffic and engagement.  Look into social media possibly as a Communications Officer responsibility.  UTL social media channels existing, Thao and Travis handle some social media.

Reflection Space Update – (Kristin & Stacy/ 10 minutes)

Kristin shared a PowerPoint with renderings of Reflection space, and went over the rendering and current design.  Aiming for minimal furniture that can be moved around within the space. The larger room may accommodate 10-15 people comfortably.  Wall paint colors were chosen from UT Libraries palate.  Florescent lights will be removed and replaced with low lumen, softer warm LED lighting.  Furniture will include ottomans and longer bench with storage.

Space will not be set up to encourage sleeping, though it will probably happen.  Signage will not be negative (no sleeping or studying), instead suggest use (reflection, quiet space).  Geoff is waiting on paint and furniture decisions, once ordered will take 6-8 weeks to arrive. Concern about the yoga mats being stolen?  Can try RFID or checkout. Can put out a few mats and try different strategies.

Open House Planning – (Melanie & Andres / 10 minutes)

Melanie: Open house scheduled is for Wed. May 10 from 1-2:30pm (with room reserved 30 additional minutes on either end for set up and clean up).  Will share another potluck signup sheet for snacks. Recruitment push: encourage our colleagues to come, and think of staff members to approach.  We could also review our departmental membership to try targeted recruitment in departments not yet represented.  Kristin, Stacy, and JH volunteered to help with event setup that day.

Andres: Previous Open House format: Co-chairs led round robin intros from members and guests followed by (DASIG) overview.  This was followed by breakout group activities.  Andres proposed activities and topics drawn from priorities list from Lessons Learned session.  Asked for discussion about preferred format and agenda.  Last year format was very structured.  Was open house more structured because of transition?

This discussion continued after meeting in extended 30 minute discussion

Mentioned that “Open House” is misleading name, can people just drop in at any time?  Suggestion for PowerPoint slideshow similar to holiday hailings. Travis was taking photos, contact him for photos from panel to include in slideshow.  Will need for members to contribute to creating PowerPoint slides.  Suggested name change chosen: Open Meeting

Opportunity to conduct our business, but open it up to others.  Revisit lessons learned – would be helpful to new members.  Members discussing various DAC projects at individual stations / tables like job fair/ speed dating stations.  Have to divvy up and each member, maybe top 5 ideas.  More comfortable, less under spotlight– natural way to ask folks to contribute ideas. Then come back to larger group for summary and discussion.  For new hires, context is important – how much do others know about DAC?

Additional UTL staff training ideas on diversity and inclusion topics – (Group discussion / 10 minutes)

Andres noticed that there are other diversity-related trainings listed in UT Learn.  JH pointed out that many of these classes are offered by Facilities and the material may be specific to that department.  We would need to see what the material is.  It is not indicated through UT Lean who is offering the training, so you need to know what training you are looking for. Talk to partners.  Get better idea about what we are seeking.  Lib-all survey to gauge interest.  There is a Microaggressions training coming up later this month.  Also considering BeVocal training.

Barrier-Free exhibit with Services for Students with Disabilities – (Melanie / 5 minutes)

The DAC co-chairs have been contacted by a SSD intern to collaborate in hosting Barrier-Free exhibit in UTL space.  The exhibit chronicles how UT Arlington became model barrier-free campus, largely in several display panels.  Exhibit organizers would like it to travel and be on display at other UT campuses.  After asking around, co-chairs responded there’s not enough time this spring to effectively help coordinate the exhibit, though extended the possibility for setting up the exhibit in the Fall 17’ semester. Will look into space availability at Architecture, Dell Medical School or Fine Arts and to confirm contact person at SSD through the summer.

Meeting Notes 3/9/2017

DAC March monthly meeting
(with lorraine haricombe)
Thursday 3/9, 11:00am
@Geology Building – Barrow Conference Room JGB 4.102

 

Facilitator(s): Melanie Cofield & Andres Ramirez
Blogger: Stacy Ogilvie

Attending: lorraine haricombe, Melanie Cofield, Andres Ramirez, Kristin Walker, Jennifer Heath, Stacy Ogilvie, Gilbert Borrego, Loretta Wallace

Spring Panel update – (Jennifer and Gilbert / 5 minutes)

Jennifer and Gilbert reported on where we are with panelists. They have reached out to the panelists for bios. Daniel (UTL’s new graphic designer) is working on iterations of a poster for the event. We plan to distribute the poster to our partners to get the word out about this event. They report great progress, that we are right on time with the stages or organization. Jennifer said that few people have registered on UTLearn for the event so far. We have reserved the larger Learning Lab, and depending on interest can adjust to smaller space. We discussed sharing link to the event on UTLearn with our outreach emails. Jennifer will forward an email to DAC members to distribute to people in our units.

Gilbert and Jennifer are working on the information for the speakers to discuss so that they are prepared. It was suggested that they send each speaker’s bio to the other speakers. We discussed getting them together ahead of time for a practice run. lorraine suggested a (Skype?) teleconference of the speakers ahead of time to practice. Jennifer and Gilbert will follow up on recording the event. We have requested an ASL interpreter, and are awaiting availability confirmation. We discussed the need to add wording to either posters or emails to contact DAC for possible accommodations for the event.

Chill Space update – (Stacy, Kristin, Andres / 5 minutes)

A third floor office space has been suggested as the location for DAC sponsored Reflection/Tranquility space. Chris Carter sent two architectural drawings as options for room designs. Chill Space sub-committee will need to give Geoff Bahre guidance on how the entryway should be designed by the end of March. We discussed the space as a pilot project and will think about how to set this sort of space up in other locations in the future. We discussed ways to build in feedback/assessment from people who use the space. We will consult Krystal regarding assessment possibilities. lorraine encouraged us to move expediently on this project due to the current campus climate. She also likes the culture of this space project being a pilot. Since this is intended as a pilot, she advised us not to over engineer the space and see it as an opportunity to learn from the design choices.

Promoting DAC – Administrative expectations, identifying opportunities (Andres / 15 minutes)

We began a discussion with lorraine to clarify where DAC fits into the promotional missions of the library, how we can increase DAC’s visibility within the larger UTL organization, and increase our integration into the functioning of the organization. We also discussed setting mutual expectations between DAC and the VPC.

lorraine stated that she is very supportive of our work, and will continue to support all the values that DAC embraces. She stated that the current climate provides a chance to elevate the visibility of DAC and an opportunity to “flip the script of the sociopolitical environment that we’re all in.” She stated that DAC has support from the central office, planners and financial support for DAC programming; especially programming that is broader than just the UT Libraries. She encouraged us to work with other groups on campus. lorraine also stated that in any way she can she will reflect inclusivity and diversity in the expectations around the workplace, core values, hiring, and to let her know of any areas where we don’t feel supported. She also asked us to bring any problems within any areas to her attention quickly.

We discussed lorraine’s expectations of us as a new standing committee, and our new responsibilities. lorraine stated that our work is embedded in the sociopolitical environment of campus and that the libraries have the opportunity of being uniquely positioned as a neutral “Switzerland”. “If we don’t challenge ourselves, we don’t change.” She suggested involvement in developing a statement. She also recommended DAC co-chairs attending the LSC/ Administrative meetings on a quarterly basis to provide updates and have a regular forum for discussion. Jennifer Heath is in that group and can serve as our direct liaison. lorraine also suggested that DAC forward our Lessons Learned assessment to LSC as an agenda item.

Prioritizing future initiatives/ projects (Melanie & Andres / 25 minutes)

We discussed ways of expanding campus connectivity, networking capacity and ways to be more outward facing in our focus, how to expand our network without overtaxing the human hours of our group members. We have established collaborative networking relationships with MEC, DDCE, GSC, bystander intervention, and Office for Inclusion and Equity.

We discussed that Campus Climate will require all departments on campus to identify their own diversity committees by this April. The the opportunity of us to provide a model for to emerging new diversity groups in the different colleges and organizations across campus. We also talked about how to make connections with these emerging groups on campus. There is no centralized list of diversity groups, and it was suggested we contact the Dean’s Office.  While it was suggested that DAC might serve as a unifying hub for these groups, Lorraine pointed out that the DDCE currently fulfills this role, and we should instead support them. It was also suggested that we can create a DAC diversity LibGuide.

We discussed the possibility of designating one DAC committee member as a representative on the LSC Personnel Committee. We brought up our previous discussions and the concern of the substantial time commitment it would be for this member. Lorraine suggested that we continue to peruse this goal, and to see what needs to be done to make this happen.  It was also suggested that DAC members taking part in hiring interviews may introduce themselves as such.

National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) representation (& Brown-Bag share-out) – We discussed the possibility of sending a representative to the NDLC each year (edit: Ben reports that NDLC is not an annual conference, but rather every 2 or 4 years, with the next one possibly being in 2018) We floated the idea of presenting DAC’s experience transitioning from a staff interest group to a standing committee. We would like to float potential candidates from DAC to go to NDLC. We would like to outline of possible presentation topics in our end of year report in time for our open house.

We invited those going to the ACRL Conference this year to share back about diversity- related sessions.

Ongoing Brown Bag series – lorraine is very supportive of a brown bag series to provide a form for talking about current climate issues. We discussed whether this would ideally be part of a series of topics like the Data and Donuts or more of a sudden event response, or both. We discussed the importance of being inclusive, avoiding politicized debate, and instead encouraging conversation and not shutting out different points of view. We will likely consult with DDCE for guidance with (meeting guidelines, and rules of engagement.) We will discuss this further at our April meeting.