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GHSLA Statement of Solidarity

Words alone cannot honestly express the hurt and pain we are feeling during this moment in our history.  Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA) stands in solidarity with its membership, the community, and our professional organizations condemning acts of violence, discrimination, racism, and social injustices against People of Color. We unequivocally support #BlackLivesMatter and recognize that advocacy, accountability, and an actionable plan can lead to long-lasting change.

Like many, we have spent the past few days overwhelmed by media coverage of the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.  Their untimely deaths due to police brutality have led to protests, uncomfortable, yet long-needed conversations and to new civil rights movements.  We fully acknowledge the emotional toll and resounding societal impact of these traumas in the midst of the global COVID-19 outbreak, a pandemic that disproportionately impacts the African American community at alarming rates.

GHSLA encourages our members to actively participate in promoting a culture of change by engaging in peaceful demonstrations of protest, forums, and crucial conversations with colleagues, family, and friends to evoke transformation. We stand firm in our commitment to abolish systemic injustices, implicit bias, or micro-aggressions against our Black communities.  We recognize that the catalyst of current events is born out of cumulative and sustained impacts of racism in this nation.

It is important that GHSLA be accountable. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative has been regretfully absent from our association and it is our duty to encourage and stand for our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues and friends.

Moving forward as an organization, we will work with our professional and community partners to:

  • Listen and hear the concerns of our BIPOC members, so that a strategic plan is created that is inclusive and supportive in real, actionable ways
  • Provide leadership/professional development opportunities and career support, especially for new BIPOC librarians and library students
  • Foster a community that addresses the mental health, growth and well-being of our members
  • Combat health disparities and information inequities by assisting our membership with education, conversation, and support
  • Establish a DEI Taskforce for diversity, equity, and inclusion

Hate and racism have no place in our society.  All people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic, or national origin should be treated with respect and not deprived of civil liberties.

To our members of Color, we acknowledge your pain and heartbreak.  Your professional organization is here for you in whatever you need.  To be a true ally in action, not just words, we must advocate for and amplify BIPOC voices and show in real ways how we recognize the harms done and make long-lasting amends.

GHSLA Executive Committee

Upcoming GHSLA-Sponsored CE Class on 11/24/20: Explore Your Identity to Improve Your Practice: An Introduction to Critical Health Sciences Librarianship

GHSLA has purchased a site license for the following class. 25 people will also be able to receive 1.5 MLA CE credits. If you are interested, please contact Emily Lawson (emily.lawson@emory.edu).

Explore Your Identity to Improve Your Practice: An Introduction to Critical Health Sciences Librarianship

Date/Time: November 24, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CST (2:00p – 3:30 EST). Recording available soon after.

Health sciences librarians are increasingly called upon to address the intersection of identities and cultures in their institutions. This workshop introduces you to critical librarianship through an examination of identities. You’ll complete a creative assignment related to your identity and craft a plan to incorporate critical librarianship into a selected area of your work. #MLACriticalLib

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Create a creative identity collage to explore their personal identity.
  2. Select and apply critical librarianship to at least one area of their librarianship practice.
  3. Identify appropriate classroom assessment techniques in order to assess student progress with information literacy concepts

Instructor:

Xan Goodman is a Senior Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). She has presented on cultural humility and cultural competence at regional health sciences conferences. She is the co-editor of the ACRL publication, Disciplinary applications of information literacy threshold concepts. In which she authored a chapter about the social determinants of health as a threshold concept. Xan works at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries, where she supports three schools in the Division of Health Sciences, the School of Integrated Health Sciences, School of Public Health and School of Nursing.

Registration information is forthcoming! 

Length: 1.5 hour webinar

Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.

Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

Job Posting: Information Desk Associate (part-time) at Emory Health Sciences Center Library

Information Desk Associate (part-time, 20 hours per week including evenings and weekends)

Reporting to the Head of Information Services, the Information Desk Associate provides basic reference assistance at the library information desk or service point. The Information Desk Associate uses specialized knowledge to respond to requests about the library’s print and electronic resources, direct users to appropriate subject databases and provide basic instruction in their use. Assists in identifying or verifying citations and assists users with bibliographic management software. Performs circulation transactions and registration of users. Assists with computer workstations and troubleshoots and reports hardware or software problems. Monitors the physical environment and may manage library safety procedures. Compiles statistics for all transactions. Interprets library polices and exercises judgment in resolving user problems. Performs related duties as assigned.

Performs a variety of complex library services and operations requiring a specialized knowledge. May process, verify and change bibliographic information online. Handles requests for borrowing and lending library materials. Performs bibliographic management activities such as searches, checking the series and name authority files, and reviewing cataloging records. Provides research assistance and answers complex research requests. Interprets library policies, handles specialized materials and instructs users in the use of internal and external information resources. Creates permanent machine-readable bibliographic and authority records. Sets-up, operates and maintains audio-visual and television equipment. Searches databases to determine the availability of materials, oversees receipt/check-in of materials, and organizes/prepares materials for binding. May hire, train, supervise and evaluate student or general staff. May monitor and direct workflow in assigned areas. Performs related responsibilities as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• A bachelor’s degree in a related field.
• Two years related experience.

Virtual Summer 2020 Meeting – Save the Date

Tuesday, July 14th: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming virtual summer meeting. Agenda overview is below. Please check the GHSLA listserv for a meeting invite.


Agenda Items:

Welcome New Members
Shannon Glover, GHSLA President

Planting the Seed for Change
Emily Lawson, GHSLA President-Elect/Program Chair

Coping with Crisis: Shhh…Time to Listen
Guest Speaker: Chaplin Michael Fogas
Staff Support Liaison, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

DEI Discussion
Lead by GHSLA Executive Team Members

Business Meeting
Emily Lawson

Wrap-up
Shannon Glover

Election Results and Officers for 2020

Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2020/2021 officer election. The results are below.

Immediate Past President: Kimberly Powell
Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library

President: Shannon Glover
Northeast Georgia Health System

President-Elect/Program Chair: Emily Lawson
Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library

Secretary: Lachelle Smith
Augusta University

Treasurer: Kate Daniels
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Web Communications Coordinator: Carolann Curry
Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon