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Posts tagged ‘advocacy’

the garden isle

I recently had the opportunity to travel to the oldest of the main Hawaiian islands, Kauaʻi, and visit Lāwa`i Kai, also known as Allerton Garden. Having spent time at the Allerton Gardens in Monticello, IL, it was incredible to see and learn about this other magical place –  where nature and human creativity come together.

1. Pineapple statue 2. Diana’s Fountain and reflection pool 3. Moreton Bay Figs (Ficus macrophylla) as seen in Jurassic Park 4. Bronze Mermaid 5.Buddha statue amid golden bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) 6. Rooster and rooster statues 7. Allerton residence featuring wraparound lanai

Allerton Garden is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), a not-for-profit institution dedicated to tropical plant research, conservation, and education. NTBG also sponsors the Breadfruit Institute, which promotes the use of breadfruit for food and reforestation.

 

 

advocacy @ your library

hawai‘i library association (hla) was founded in 1922. it aims to:

  • to promote library service and the profession in hawai‘i
  • to promote the continued improvement of hawai‘i libraries
  • to support hawai‘i librarians in their professional roles
  • to promote the participation of hawai‘i librarians and libraries in regional, national, and global arena

several hundred librarians, library students, and others gathered for the fall conference in honolulu on december 5 & 6. the theme was advocacy – assessment, campaigns, coalitions, collaboration, communication, fundraising, outreach, social media, etc. 

american library association (ala) president courtney young started us off with a lively talk – and shared some of her conference experiences on twitter.

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patty wong, yolo county librarian/archivist, gave the second keynote with 10 important ideas about advocacy

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concurrent sessions offered participants an opportunity to actively explore many issues of interest including community engagement, consortia, hawaiian knowledge, instruction, makerspaces, and preservation. exhibitors showed off their products and library and information science (lis) students organized a silent auction to fundraise for scholarships! in between formal sessions, there was time to enjoy excellent food and catch up with friends. to close, we gathered in a circle to listen to auntie puanani burgess‘s inspiring words. mahalo nui loa organizers, presenters, and participants for an outstanding conference!

hla friendscheck out more photos on flickr

youth community inquiry

Youth Community Inquiry: New Media for Community and Personal Growth offers a detailed look at how people use media to help their communities thrive.

I was pleased to contribute to this anthology via a chapter on early work at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center Library, co-written with Jeanie Austin and Joe Coyle. Here’s an excerpt:

Youth in juvenile detention face many challenges. Access to information relevant to their experience through library services offers an opportunity to forge connections and move past hurdles. Linking resources with youth’s questions and concerns provides examples of new possibilities and facilitates a reduction of alienation. Involving collaborators and mentors-especially peers-in developing services enables a strong model of collaboration.

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currently operating in solidarity with…

I work with several knowledgable and dedicated colleagues as part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign LGBT Ally Network Training Committee. Each month we offer training events open to faculty, staff, and students on campus and beyond–including folks from the community and affiliates of other universities in central Illinois.

At training sessions, we discuss recent history and current LGBTQ issues and provide opportunities to consider new perspectives. For example, when did you choose to be straight? In addition, there is usually lively discussion about definitions and roles of allies. We talk about allyship as a process of learning and being involved (e.g., by debunking myths, expressing support, advocacy, etc.). This sort of dialogue is also encouraged at our local UP Center.

As Mia McKenzie describes, allyship is a practice. It’s an active thing that must be done over and over again, in the largest and smallest ways, every day.  

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Out @ Lunch – Illini Union (fall 2012)