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Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community

This interactive class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas to enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations. Topics to be covered include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency. Some basic concepts of program planning and evaluation within a culturally diverse environment will be covered. Participants will engage in group discussions to explore models for developing their own programs.

  1. Participants will be able to define cultural competency.
  2. Participants will examine ways to learn about local communities using online resources.
  3. Participants will discover ways of applying principles of cultural competency to their own programming.
Course Materials: 
Class Length: 
1, 2, 3, or 4 hours
Course Owner(s):
Samuel D Watson, Academic Outreach Specialist
Dana Abbey, Colorado/Community Engagement Coordinator
Darlene Kaskie, MLS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator
Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian
Samuel D Watson, Academic Outreach Specialist
Continuing Education:
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

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