• Mastering Competencies or Practicing Humility: Contemplating Culture in Libraries

  • Presenters
    • David Hurley, Assistant Professor, College of the University Libraries & Learning Sciences, University of New Mexico
    • Sarah Kostelecky, Assistant Professor, College of the University Libraries & Learning Sciences, University of New Mexico
    • Lori Townsend, Assistant Professor, College of the University Libraries & Learning Sciences, University of New Mexico
  • Description

    With ethnic tension and related issues of privilege, equity and structural discrimination making news on campuses and in communities around the nation, many organizations are considering “cultural competency” programs. Yet cultural competence is itself a problematic concept. In this session, we introduce the concept of cultural humility, an alternative to cultural competence that comes from the medical fields, explore how it differs from competence and its potential benefits to libraries of all kinds.

    Presented with Discerning Our Diverse Selves: Practitioner Inquiry for Library Praxis

    Session titled Exploring Identity and Culture in Libraries Using Practitioner Inquiry and Cultural Humility

  • Format
    Individual Presentations
  • Track
    • Personnel, Management, and Organization