This session will discuss the importance of cultural competency training for LIS workers and students, and provide examples of how to best advocate, plan, and execute cultural competency training in various information workplaces. Attendees will learn what cultural competency training entails, such as the definition and theory of intersectionality and anti-oppression, and how cultural competency training benefits staff, students, and users. The attendees will also be provided with strategies and resources to implement workshops in their own institutions.
The presentation will be based on the speakers experience leading an initiative at McGill Universitys School of Information Studies to provide extracurricular cultural competency training to students and staff. The presenters, who are second year Master of Information Studies students at McGill, organized three workshops on the topics of anti-ableism and accessibility, gender and sexuality, and anti-racism. The presenters will highlight the strategies, benefits, and challenges of promoting cultural competency, which attendees will be able to apply to their own information organizations.