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The Race Card Project and Libraries

In 2010, Michelle Norris, former NPR "All Things Considered" host, author, and prodigious award winning journalist began a project inviting people to distill their thoughts on the word "race" to only six words. This project began with 200 postcards and a call to action. Norris and her team weren't even sure that they would get any responses, but in just a few weeks, their six-word answers started flowing in. Today, hundreds of thousands of “postcards” from all over the world have been collected. Participants frequently send longer backstories and/or photos to elaborate on their postcard. Many of these essays contain thoughts and truths that are rarely expressed out loud. In 2013, this project, The Race Card Project, was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in electronic communications for turning a pejorative phrase ("race card") into a productive dialogue. NPR also partners with Norris's project, frequently sharing stories on the air. Now, in 2018, this project has reached out and moved to physical spaces like universities, schools, and libraries. The Urban Libraries Council considers The Race Card Project to be a great starting point for communities to engage with these important discussions and issues in an open, democratic forum, for example, libraries like Denver Public have created their own public Race Card board where patrons can leave their six word stories. If you're interested in sharing your own personal six word race card, you can do so here

Want to bring this Race Card conversation to your patrons or students? Our upcoming ALAO/SWON Innovation Conversation webinar "Shhh…Visualizing the Silent Dialogue about Race" demonstrates the evolution of the Race Card Project at a large public university. Our presenters, Stephanie Everett and Beate Gersch from the University of Akron, describe how the project got started within the context of the university’s annual campus and community-wide diversity awareness programming. They will share simple steps for setting up a race card wall and monitoring comments, as well as discuss the challenges that are involved with a sensitive topic like this, particularly when dealing with a diverse student or patron body. Finally, they outline their efforts to incorporate this outreach event into the curriculum through collaboration with faculty. You will leave this webinar able to plan this outreach event on a very low budget, anticipate potential challenges based on the characteristics of your own institution, and identify community partners for collaboration outside their library.

Can't attend on the date and time listed? Anyone who registers in advance will receive an archived copy of the presentation for later viewing. ALAO Members can attend this webinar for free by registering via the ALAO Website at alaoweb.org/event-2847778. If you are outside of our service area, you are eligible for a free or reduced rate via your Regional Library System. Please register via NEONORWELD, or SERLS for this discount.

Emily Wages, MLIS
Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, SWON Libraries


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PCI Webinar - Comics, Superheroes, and Pop Culture in Your Library

Superheroes have become a multi-billion dollar industry, with four of the top ten theatrically released films in both 2017 and 2016 being based on comic book properties. Considering that superhero characters started to appear in comics in 1938, though, it can be difficult to know where to start when developing your collections. 

In this interactive and informative webinar, a long-time superhero comic fan will teach you how to stop looking at superhero comics as a single genre but instead as multiple genres, allowing you to match materials with your customers.

Topics covered and discussed will include:
• The major comic book publishers and "universes"
• How to select and recommend titles for all ages
• Diversity in superhero comics, especially for YA audiences
• Purchasing for single or multiple branches
• Digital resources and vendors
• Movies and other tie-in media for your collections
• Marketing and promotion

About the Presenter:

Brian Real is a public services librarian for the Calvert Library, a public library system in rural southern Maryland. He holds a Master of Library Science (2011) and PhD in Information Studies (2015) from the University of Maryland, where he currently teaches graduate courses in public libraries and reference services. 

Brian served as the lead author of the report Rural Libraries in the United States: Recent Strides, Future Possibilities, and Meeting Community Needs, which was published by the American Library Association in summer 2017. He also edited the volume Rural and Small Public Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities for the Advances in Librarianship book series, which was published in November 2017.

Can't attend on the date and time listed? Anyone who registers in advance for PCI Webinars will receive an archived copy of the presentation for later viewing. SWON provides PCI Webinars to our Supporting Members for free (and to Geographic Members and everyone else at a reduced price), so there's no reason not to register today

 


PCI Webinar - Comics, Superheroes, and Pop Culture in Your Library
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
4/19/2018 - Online

 
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SWON Webinar - Pioneers in Violence Prevention: Libraries & Rape Crisis Centers

Libraries and library staff are already models in their communities, particularly of the creation of safe and stable environments open to all community members; this session invites participants to explore how they can specifically contribute to the prevention of bullying, dating and sexual violence. By sharing examples of a partnership between the local library, high school, and rape crisis program in her own community, the facilitator will engage participants in discussions and activities designed to give them ideas and feasible action steps for working in their own communities to empower teens and adults to reduce violence.

 

SWON Webinar - Pioneers in Violence Prevention: Libraries & Rape Crisis Centers
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions 
$15 for members in our Ohio service area*
$20 for everyone else 
4/10/2018 - Online

*If you are outside of our service area, you may be eligible for a free or reduced rate via your 
Regional Library System. Please register via NEO, NORWELD, or SERLS for this discount.

 
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Coming up on the Calendar...

     

Please register for SWON & PCI events by the Friday before they take place

 
      Booklist Webinar - Stellar Series Nonfiction: Spring 2018
FREE (a Booklist event)
4/17/2018 - Online

WebJunction Webinar - Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Getting From Awareness to Funding in 2018
FREE (a WebJuction event)
4/17/2018 - Online

Innovation Conversation - Shhh…Visualizing the Silent Dialogue about Race
Cost:
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
FREE for ALAO Members
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
4/18/2018 - Online

edWEB Webinar - Inclusion Is More Than “Just Being In”
FREE (an edWEB event)
4/18/2018 - Online

PCI Webinar - Comics, Superheroes, and Pop Culture in Your Library
Cost:
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
4/19/2018 - Online

TrainingMag Webinar - Why Story and Experience Sharing Accelerate Learning
FREE (a Training Magazine event)
4/24/2018 - Online

Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL) - Central Kentucky
Cost:
$50 per year for employees of Supporting Member Institutions to Join ROYAL
$100 per year for everyone else to Join ROYAL
Free books included with cost!
4/24/2018 - Lexington, KY

PCI Webinar - Using Facebook and Email to Build Support
Cost:
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
4/24/2018 - Online

HRDQ-U - Performance Consulting: What Is It and Why Do It?
FREE (an HRDQ-U event)
4/25/2018 - Online

Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL) - Troy
Cost:
$50 per year for employees of Supporting Member Institutions to Join ROYAL
$100 per year for everyone else to Join ROYAL
Free books included with cost!
4/26/2018 - Troy, OH

 

 
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Save the Date

     

Take note of these selected events in the coming weeks and months

 
      Spring 2018 Membership Meeting
5/24/2018 - In-person Erlanger, KY

2018 ALSC National Institute
9/27/2018 to 9/29/2018 - In-Person Cincinnati, OH

Internet Librarian 2018
10/16/2018 to 10/18/2018 - In-person Monterey, California

Brick & Click, an academic library conference
11/2/2018 - In-person Maryville, MO

 
 
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