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Library Instruction for Diverse Populations Bibliography

The Instruction Section from ACRL released a bibliography, "Library Instruction for Diverse Populations Bibliography."

November is Native American Heritage Month

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Native American Heritage Month

Here are a few interesting news articles and resources to help inspire you:

1. "Incentives And Cultural Bias Fuel Foster System : NPR", n.d., http://www.npr.org/2011/10/25/141662357/incentives-and-cultural-bias-fuel-foster-system. - 3 part investigative report from National Public Radio on American Indians in foster care.

2. Menkart, Deborah. "Deepening the meaning of heritage months." Educational Leadership 56, no. 7 (April 1999): 19-21.

Abstract: Heritage month programs may actually reinforce stereotypes. When planning heritage events, schools should develop learning objectives; address values, history, and current power relationships shaping cultures; employ food and dance in context; include all Americas; portray present-day Native Americans; and examine overall school curriculum and policies.

3. Library of Congress collections for American Indian history and culture. http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/collections/index.html

4. "Celebrating American Indian Heritage | People & Places | Smithsonian Magazine", n.d., http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/american-indian-heritage.html.

Abstract: In honor of this year's National American Indian Heritage Month, Smithsonian.com explores the tragic history of the Cherokees' struggles with Andrew Jackson, takes a look at modern Native artists and investigates how to cook Native foods.

I would love to know what your organization does to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month.

We're a culture, not a costume!

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Students from Ohio University's Students Teaching About Racism in Society have stirred up controversy on the web by creating a campaign called "We're a culture, not a costume!"

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Personally, I am impressed with the small group of students thoughtful campaign. The reactions to the posters is, sadly, a reminder that there is still work to be done to overcome racism.

Here are a few suggested readings to help start the conversation. If you know of a good resource please let me know.

  • Seto, Thelma. 1995. "Multiculturalism is not halloween." Horn Book Magazine 71, no. 2: 169-175. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed October 27, 2011).

  • Mueller, Jennifer, Danielle Dirks, and Leslie Picca. 2007. "Unmasking Racism: Halloween Costuming and Engagement of the Racial Other." Qualitative Sociology 30, no. 3: 315-335. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed October 27, 2011).

  • McIntosh, Peggy. 1990. "White privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack." Independent School 49, no. 2: 31. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed October 27, 2011).