Today I'm giving a webinar for the Finger Lakes Library System on cultural humility. This blog post is for them, so they have easy access to the resources I'm sharing.
New to your community is a large group of people from various cultures. When they come to the library, what happens? Are you excited? Anxious? Curious? Ready to learn?
When we interact with library patrons, community members, and other staff, we are often moving among different cultures. Sometimes we move among various cultures without thinking about it. Other times, we recognize the cultural difference and are unsure how to bridge the divide. These interactions demonstrate the need to develop a life-long process of self-exploration and self-critique, along with a willingness to learn from others. This process, called “cultural humility,” helps us see beyond our own culture as we work to become culturally competent.
No matter your community or library, you are working across cultures,
including some that may not be apparent to you. In this webinar, we
will explore what culture is and the process for developing cultural
humility, while also creating a plan for expanding our knowledge of the
apparent and hidden cultures in our communities.
- Adilene Rogers. (2018) Cultural Humility in Librarianship: What is it? School Library Journal.
- Lincoln Hill. (2020) This Overlooked Trait is the Key to True Allyship, Medium.
- Over Zero (2023) The Belonging Barometer, pages 2-4 ("The Roots of Belonging" and "Belonging & Othering").
- TV 2 Denmark.(2017) All That We Share. (3 min.)
- Trainers Library. (2020) Promoting cultural competence.
- Project Ready. Module 8: Cultural Competence & Cultural Humility.
- Winters, M-F. (2014) Cultural Competence. The Inclusion Solution.
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