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LIS Lunch and Learn 2

A second lunch and learn event will take place November 20, 2012 at 12pm in the Simons Room (#144). Food will be served while we discuss careers amd education opportunities in library and information science (LIS). This is the ideal time to ask questions you have about careers, salaries, and programs you would like to learn more about.  I will present information about these areas in addition to my personal experience as a soon-to-be graduate of the program.

All students are welcome to attend.  Free application fee waivers will be given to attendees who want to apply to the School of Library and Information Science before the year ends. Spread the word!


Lunch and Learn about LIS

Who: Free to all undergraduate and graduate students

Location: Simons Room #144 Purdy/Kresge Library

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Time: 12:00pm—1:00pm

RSVP: Contact Crystal Jolly at or (313) 577-3058



30 Oct 2012

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) 2012

As the SLIS Diversity Graduate Student Assistant, I participate in conferences across the country to reach out to prospective students. During these conferences I promote SLIS, attend professional activities, and build connections with other LIS students and professionals. I recently attended the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) in Kansas City, Missouri. It was an awesome experience for me as a recruiter, student, and librarian.

This conference was unique in that every aspect of the exhibit promoted diversity. For example, the exhibit was full of vendors who were selling products from various cultures and nationalities. From the recruiter side, the conference gave me many opportunities to connect with prospective students from a wide range of backgrounds. As a student who is from a historically underrepresented group, it was an indescribable experience being able to be in a professional environment where there was a balanced mixture of human characteristics present. It was exciting to see many well-known people in the LIS community such as Dr. Camila A. Alire who was nominated by President Obama as member of the National Council on the Humanities. The workshops and other conference activities were enlightening and practical. I learned about my identity and how I can further tap into parts of it. The conference was a blast needless to say!

If you are interested in issues related to diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion in the LIS profession, I definitely recommend that you attend this conference if only once (although I hope you can attend it every time it is available since it is scheduled to occur every six years). You will have chance to mingle with those who have done solid research or have professional experience addressing areas related to diversity. The next JCLC conference will be in 2018. I plan to be there. I hope you do too.


2 Oct 2012

Diversity: More than Numbers

I came across another great article about increasing diversity in higher education.  It talks about this topic from a holistic perspective, which deviates from the usual recruitment aspect most articles on this topic tend to discuss.  It sees diversity as an essential part of a quality education. It proposes that providing appropiate student support is just as important, if not more important than increasing the enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds.  This is a great article to read if you are interested in developing a sustainable plan for inclusivity and diversity in an academic environment.

Campus Diversity: Beyond Just Enrollment by Daniel Fusch



17 Aug 2012

New Student Organization!!!

Two School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) students, Crystal Jolly and Mia Poole, recently founded a new student organization, Future Librarians for Inclusivity and Diversity (FLID). FLID aims to provide a secure environment for SLIS students to gain insight into issues related to workforce and patron diversity.  The founders created this organization in effort to support SLIS students becoming librarians who can effectively work with people who have various abilities and are from diverse backgrounds.

The first general membership meeting will take place Sunday, Aug. 5th at 1pm in the Student Center, room 299. During this meeting an agenda for the upcoming academic year will be developed. If you want to find out what FLID is all about and ways you can contribute please join us. All Wayne State students are invited to partcipate. Snacks and beverages will be served. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Crystal Jolly at

26 Jul 2012

Why You Should Pursue the Graduate Certificate in Urban Librarianship

I went to the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans to work the SLIS table during the exhibit.  One day on an ALA shuttle bus, an attendee had mistaken me for a concession stand worker who worked at the convention center during the Conference.  That day I had on a dress suit, a conference badge, and was carrying a case holding a school sign.  I tried to figure out how she came to the erroneous conclusion I worked at a concession stand when there were obvious signs in front of her that  I was participating in the Conference like everyone else on the bus.  It finally came to me:  I was young and black, which were the characteristics most of the concession stand workers shared with me. I can’t say exactly what she was thinking, but somewhere along the line she made several assumptions, which I am sure were based on my race and age. I was shocked, hurt, and even shed a few tears (without anyone seeing me); however, I could tell that attendee who made that statement in front of everyone on the bus was just as embarrassed as I was shocked and hurt. The attendee did not mean to offend me. She honestly thought I was someone she met who worked at the concession stand.

In society today you would think these kinds of things don’t happen. In reality these things happen all the time.  It happens so much it can make one think there is mostly fluff surrounding the ideas of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion. The purpose of my testimony is to inspire you to take action in support of these ideas we often espouse with indifference. How can you do that?  Part of the answer is to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Urban Librarianship at SLIS. This certificate provides you with tangible meanings of these ideas–giving you the knowledge, understanding, and skills to hit the ground running in urban information institutions. It prepares you to be connectors to information for those who are overlooked or treated unfairly. It helps you recognize the personal values you have for yourself and others. Additionally, if you want to work in a major city as a librarian, earning this certificate could be a great way to demonstrate to potential employers your skills and experience addressing issues specific to urban libraries.

There is an information meeting discussing the details of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Librarianship on June 6th at 5pm in the Kresge Library, room 110. This meeting will introduce the School of Library and Information Science’s new 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Urban Librarianship. The certificate’s faculty coordinators, Dr. Deborah Charbonneau and Dr. Kafi Kumasi, will provide an overview of the certificate and the unique on-campus cohort in which students will participate. Admissions requirements and procedures will be reviewed along with scholarship opportunities for the certificate. I hope you are there.

To RSVP go to .

4 Jun 2012

Records and Information Management Careers

Records and information management careers generally require one to implement standards and procedures related to managing, storing, retrieving, protecting, and documenting information in an organization.  It is especially significant for organizations to hire RIM professionals since most information produced in business today is in electronic form according to ARMA in 2009 (as cited by Lawson, Kroll, and Kowatch, 2010), which brings new challenges  and opportunities for managing the documentation of what an organization does. One can argue that having the skills and acumen to secure an organization’s records and information at all times is of unprecedented value to organizations today.

Careers: Records manager, records administrator, records specialist, information management manager, medical records specialist, RIM analyst, electronic records archivist (and many more of course)

Overview: Records and information management careers generally require one to implement standards and procedures related to managing, storing, retrieving, protecting, and documenting information in an organization.  It is especially significant for organizations to hire RIM professionals since most information produced in business today is in electronic form according to ARMA in 2009 (as cited by Lawson, Kroll, and Kowatch, 2010), which brings new challenges  and opportunities for managing the documentation of what an organization does. One can argue that having the skills and acumen to secure an organization’s records and information at all times is of unprecedented value to organizations today.

Industry: Records and Information Management (RIM)

Salary Range: $44,000-$80,000 according (as cited by Lawson et al., 2010)

Education: Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) and Records Management Certification  (School of Library and Information Science offers MLIS and graduate certificate in RIM)

Soft Skills: One should be able to effectively collaborate, communicate, lead a team, analyze and solve problems

Hard Skills: General business management, knowledge of archival processing standards and records and information management practices, technological skills related to databases, web design, content and development

Places of Employment: businesses, community organizations, government agencies, hospitals

Want more information about RIM?

Visit: School of Library and Information Science–


10 May 2012

Diversity Initiative from Association of Research Libraries (ARL): Apply Now!!

Know someone who is from an underrepresented background who is interested in working as an information specialist for a college or univeristy library? Well the Association of Research Libraries ” is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (the Initiative), a program designed to recruit masters of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups into careers in research libraries.  The Initiative includes a stipend up to $10,000, leadership and career development training, and a formal mentorship program.” For more information please visit the link below. The deadline is May 1, 2012.

18 Apr 2012

Diversity in Library and Information Science (LIS): Recruitment Tools and Strategies Worth Noting

Increasing the representation of minority groups in the LIS field is often easier said then done.  There are many issues that can impact decisions made around recruitment. In higher education, the lack of exposure many underrepresented groups have to a wide range career options is a major concern .  I know when I was growing up, aspiring to become a  teacher, doctor, or lawyer was not only encouraged in and outside the classroom but, seemed to be the only “good” career options available. Now that I am older and have had experiences that go against this experience, I know there are myriad career possibilities.

Unfortunately for many, they may never have this exposure.  They may never see what options are actually out there for them.  They may even feel they have failed because they were not able to conform to what society deems ideal careers to pursue. This needs to change, but how? One recruitment tool is mentor-ships.   Those who take part in mentor-ships learn about a particular profession from their respective point of view. They build a vested interest in the field in which they are learning and developing skills.

The link below discusses the use of mentor-ships and other recruitment strategies and tools to increase diversity in higher education.  Although this blog article looks at recruitment in the life science field, these strategies and tools discussed can be used in any situation where there is a need to increase career and educational awareness to those groups underrepresented in a field.

Access Granted by Dr. Gasman (2012).

12 Apr 2012

Have Lunch And Learn About Careers in LIS!

Not sure what library and information science (LIS) is about or what it can offer you? On March 22, 2012 the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is hosting an event where you can meet with LIS students at Wayne State University to discuss your career and educational opportunities and concerns related to LIS. All Wayne State students are welcome to attend this free event. For more information click on Event Flyer.

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Location: Wayne State University, Simons Room in the Purdy/Kresge Library, Detroit, MI, 48202

Time: 3pm-4pm

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Food will be served!

E-mail RSVPs to SLIS Diversity Graduate Student Assistant, Crystal Jolly at SLIS hopes to see you there!

8 Mar 2012

Removing Barriers One Scholarship at a Time

I’m Crystal Jolly and I am the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Diversity Graduate Student Assistant at Wayne State.  I connect with individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds on and off campus, spreading the word about viable career and educational options in library and information science (LIS). I also share my experience being an LIS student from a historically underrepresented population. From my experience so far in this position, I learned the importance of removing  barriers which prevent individuals of diverse backgrounds from pursuing LIS. Of those barriers, MONEY seems to be the barrier of paramount significance.

However,  many organizations are eager to pay for the education of individuals who are from diverse backgrounds pursuing an education in LIS. In fact, money is available for Wayne State students to pursue LIS in their own backyard!  The University is a partner institution of the LIS Access Midwest Program (LAMP) which “seeks promising undergraduates to pursue studies in Library and Information Science”( LAMP, 2009).  Visit for more information.

It seems many people from diverse backgrounds, especially those who need financial assistance the most,  are not aware of the scholarship opportunties available  to them. In response to this,  I created a list of scholarships exclusively for individuals from historically underrepresented groups who would like to attend an LIS program but, are in need of financial assistance. This list details each scholarship’s requirements and perks and provides a link to each scholarship for students to access them directly.

If you know someone who may benefit from this information, please pass it along. Barriers are being broken one scholarship at a time.

Access the scholarship list at



16 Feb 2012