the Ivory Tower:
Ruth Kifer, Dean of SJSU University Library, was appointed as the new Dean of the University Library on August 12, 2005, following a national search. Ruth E. Kifer was the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Distributed Libraries at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax Virginia. Her responsibilities included the administration of the University Library system’s three branch libraries, the University Copyright Office and the University-wide web team.
Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity.
“Scaling the Ivory Tower: Catalysts of Change for an Inclusive Multicultural Campus”
This panel discussion will address innovative ways of serving diverse students and patrons and also innovations in multicultural librarianship.
Clara M. Chu, Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies, specializes in multicultural library and information services, information seeking behavior, and critical information studies. Other research interests include multicultural education and transnational ethnic studies.
Yolanda Retter Vargas is the Chicano Studies Librarian at UCLA, where she manages a bilingual special collection focusing on the history and culture of Chicanos and Mexico. Her fields of expertise are history, biography, psychology, women's studies, ethnic studies and lesbian/gay studies.
Christine Sleeter is Professor Emeritus in the College of Professional Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay. Her research focuses on anti-racist multicultural education and multicultural teacher education.
Salvador Güereña is Director, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, in the Davidson Library of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, he headed the Colección Tloque Nahuaque (Chicano research library) in that institution. He has been active in many library organizations that advance the cause of library services to cultural minorities and to the under-served.
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