ALA Unit/Subunit: PLA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
In 2016, Arapahoe Libraries introduced two Intercultural Librarian positions. Tasked with supporting and improving the district's services to underserved populations, we took a new approach to developing the district's internal staff training around services to multicultural patrons that was grounded in the concepts of cultural competence and intersectionality. Our goal is to share with you our findings on how these conversations with staff are helping our library district position itself to better serve this group of patrons. We will review the community benefits of providing cultural competence staff training grounded in intersectionality and collaborative conversations; review how we developed and implemented this training; and lastly, provide materials and best practices for other librarians who might be tasked with addressing diversity and multiculturalism within their libraries.libraries.