As a part of the YALSA and COSLA IMLS funded project, Transforming Teen Services Through CE, the association hosted a Town Hall on the topic of Cultural Competence and Responsiveness – with a particular focus on library staff professional learning needs in those areas. An audio recording of the session is available below:
The chat transcript – where much of the conversation took place – is also available.
In this conversation participants discussed the need to make sure that all staff have the opportunity and support to participate in CE related to cultural competencies. The participants also discussed the importance of focusing on cultural humility and that learning about, reflecting on, and working towards culturally competent practices is not a one-time event. It’s ongoing work that all library staff need to participate in.
If you have ideas about this topic as it relates to library continuing education efforts please leave them in the comments, or get in touch with me, Linda W. Braun, project manager for the Transforming Teen Services Through CE grant project.
Recordings of the two other town halls YALSA hosted as a part of the Transforming Teen Services Through CE work are also available.
You can read more about the project on the YALSA website.