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The ALISE 2016 Conference theme of “Radical Change: Inclusion and Innovation” celebrates the far reaching impact of Eliza T. Dresang’s work. The conference welcomes contributions that explore inclusive practices and innovative strategies in teaching and research, with special interest for Cultural Diversity, Digital Societies, Intellectual Freedom, Social Justice and International Resources.

Our logo for the conference is the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. This is a great symbol of radical change and transformation. Although the caterpillar and the butterfly exist in the same environment, each has its own perception and understanding of the world. As the caterpillar prepares for transformation, it must build the chrysalis, which acts as protection and change agent. When the radical change is completed, the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis into a new world, one of amazing potential and opportunity. The radical transformation and change allows the caterpillar to move beyond its small environment as a beautiful butterfly excited and ready to see and learn about its brave new world. 

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Friday, January 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Session 7.2 A Juried Paper: A Different Kind of Diversity: Ruminations on the (Un)attractiveness of LIS Programs to Culturally Diverse Students

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We survey 57 ALA-accredited programs in Canada and the U.S. and examine the (un)attractiveness of graduate LIS education to culturally diverse students. We conclude that despite extensive research and recruitment programs related to diverse populations, the problem of cultural homogeneity in LIS academic departments and the practicing field persists. Students and alumni respond strongly and emotionally to the lack of diversity and also make suggestions to improve the situation. It is clear that a combination of recruitment efforts and radical internal restructuring in LIS programs is required for remediation. Programs need to become both more multicultural and more international.

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Nadia Caidi

University of Toronto

Keren Dali

Western University, Ontario, Canada

Friday January 8, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Beacon Hill (4th Floor)

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