The Center for the Study of Libraries, Information & Society (CSLIS) has voted to appoint Vanessa Irvin, Ed.D., as a CSLIS Fellow for 2015-2016. She is being awarded this honor in appreciation for her tireless work in helping to define the CSLIS as a founding member of its Steering Committee. Vanessa’s contributions helped to make the Center become a reality. In awarding this honor, the selection committee explained that “a part of the Center is now and always will be based on Dr. Irvin’s unique contributions.”
We Need Diverse Books was created in 2014 to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature. That lack of diversity includes American Indians. For centuries, American Indians have been misrepresented in children’s literature by images that stereotype them, thereby obscuring the diversity that exists across the 566 federally recognized sovereign tribal nations.
Dr. Debbie Reese of American Indians in Children’s Literature will share information that can help attendees see problematic imagery in classic works like Little House on the Prairie. She will also talk about what teachers and librarians can look for in selecting and weeding books in their collections as they seek to support the goals of the We Need Diverse Books.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Debbie Reese to lead a discussion on March 4 at 4:30 pm in Hamilton Library room 3F. Reese will also offer the Hawaiʻi Association of School Librarians (HASL) Spring Conference keynote on March 7.
All are welcome! | Refreshments provided. | Co-sponsored by Hui Dui and ALASC.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Vanessa Irvin to the University of Hawaii as our newest LIS faculty member. She will be teaching LIS 601: Introduction to Reference & Information Services during the Spring 2015 semester.
Dr. Irvin comes to us from Drexel University and is passionate about how the literary interests and trends of the reading public impact the social and professional practices of public librarians, teachers, and local leaders in underserved communities.
Learn more about her at her website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~irvinv