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  • Stephen Kiyoi

    Stephen Kiyoi 6:06 am on July 7, 2017 Permalink |  

    Introducing Kawanna Bright – Diversity & Inclusion Consultant 

    Happy to announce that Kawanna Bright will be our consultant for Diversity and Inclusion (D/I) in the Library. Kawanna will be visiting us in August, and she’ll meet with small groups to gather our experience with D/I in the library, and how we can promote D/I through our work. All staff will be welcome to participate.

    After her time getting to know us, Kawanna will share recommendations for us to get started, a framework to assess our progress over time, and recommended resources we can use for this work. Stay tuned for more details to follow!

    And here’s a little more about Kawanna:

    Kawanna Bright is currently a third-year PhD student in the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education Research Methods & Statistics Program, focusing on assessment in libraries.  Prior to returning to school full-time, Ms. Bright was an academic librarian who, over the span of 12 years, held positions as the Head of Information & Research Services at the Florida International University, Green Library; Head of Information Services & Student Engagement at the University of Texas at San Antonio; Instructional Services Librarian at NCSU; and Instructional Services Librarian and Minority Resident Librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Washington, iSchool.  One of Ms. Bright’s main research areas is diversity in libraries, a topic she has engaged with throughout her 12-year career.  Ms. Bright has both served on and chaired diversity committees within two academic libraries, participated in diversity-based professional development programs – including serving as a keynote speaker, and engaged in diversity-related research.  Most recently, Ms. Bright and her co-researcher were awarded the Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Round Table Research Paper Award for their paper titled Including the Voices of Librarians of Color in Reference and Information Services Work.  Ms. Bright will be applying the quantitative and qualitative research skills from her PhD program training directly to her library assessment work, including her work on assessing diversity in libraries.


    • Jim Munson

      Jim Munson 12:55 pm on July 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kawanna sounds really interesting. Can’t wait to meet her!

  • Stephen Kiyoi

    Stephen Kiyoi 7:45 am on June 5, 2017 Permalink |  

    New Intern at ZSFG! 

    The ZSFG Library has a new intern!

    Her name is Miriam Avilez, and she’s a MPH student at UC Berkeley, with a concentration in Health and Social Behavior. Miriam is a “double bear” also having obtained her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. Before coming back to Berkeley for her MPH, Miriam worked in Federally Qualified Health Centers in San Diego, where she helped patients and their families navigate the healthcare system.

    As a public health student who seeks to address health disparities, Miriam chose the summer internship with the library because it offers her a unique opportunity to work in a team that shares the same vision and interest in empowering patients, while improving access to healthcare and increasing health literacy.

    Miriam will be helping out with Patient Portal and Health Literacy projects at the library – the final year activities of the NLM G08 Grant, and the IMLS Grant application for Library+Healthcare partnerships.

  • Stephen Kiyoi

    Stephen Kiyoi 9:46 am on March 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    D/I at the UCSF Library 

    In case you missed the presentation at all staff meeting, here’s the info on the Library’s new Diversity and Inclusion (D/I) effort. D/I is a really important topic, and one that I know a lot of you care about very deeply!

    We’re pulling together a “D/I Workgroup” to help think through how best to promote D/I in the Library and around campus. We’ll also be working with an outside consultant, who will work with us to develop an initial plan. We really believe that this is worth focusing on, and that the Library can make a big difference.

    Everyone is welcome to participate! Just comment below, or send an email to me, or Gail. And, join the #divincl channel on Slack to keep tabs on what we’re up to.

  • Stephen Kiyoi

    Stephen Kiyoi 7:07 am on September 8, 2016 Permalink |  

    The ZSFG Library and Archives has Joined the Team! 

    For those of you who weren’t at the staff meeting, I’m happy to announce that we’ve joined the UCSF Library team. We’ve been collaborating on projects for quite some time, but it’s nice to finally “make it official.”

    For those who aren’t familiar with ZSFG,  it’s the public, safety net hospital for the city and county of San Francisco. For nearly 150 years, it’s had an affiliation with UCSF, which provides physician and support services. We provide care for about 100,000 patients per year, regardless of their ability to pay, and UCSF PIs based at ZSFG conduct about 200M of grant funded research every year.

    Our library provides resources and research support to both UCSF and the Department of Public Health, as well as patients, their families, and the public. I tell people that we’re a public library, in a public hospital – which makes it a dynamic and interesting place to work! We also help manage patient portal engagement for ZSFG and the San Francisco Health Network, and we’re funded by NLM to develop better ways to engage underserved patients with these kinds of systems. We’re also home of the “ZSFG Archives” which collects and shares the rich history of our hospital for our community.

    We’re excited to continue working with all of you!




    • Richard Trott 9:13 am on September 8, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hooray! Welcome!

    • Alan Daniel

      Alan Daniel 9:51 am on September 8, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome. What is your twitter handle?

      • Stephen Kiyoi

        Stephen Kiyoi 11:13 am on September 12, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey Alan – we don’t have a Twitter handle yet, but maybe that’s something to look into!

    • Susan Boone

      Susan Boone 11:56 am on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great news! Excited to continue to work with you all as well!

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