I need to learn about people and understand

I am writing to apply for funding assistance to attend the
Seminar-workshop on “Catalyzing Multicultural Librarians: Opportunities, Challenges
and Strategies in the 21st Century” on February 28- March 02, 2018
at Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

No one in this world is exactly the same. We may share some
similarities with other people but at the end of the day, each of us is our own
person. We have our own personality, background, values, and beliefs.  Thus, as a young professional librarian, I
believe that before I can truly give a satisfying service to our clients, it is
important that I know how to interact with people regardless of their
nationalities, economic status and stations in life and by understanding them
deeper through their cultures and background.

James Banks, a multicultural
educator, says that, living in a diverse society requires that we “know,
care, and act.”  In other words, we
need to learn about people and understand their issues, care about people with
our hearts, and take the action necessary to make sure that people are treated
well and that justice is done. I believe that we all have the capacity to care
deeply about each other. We all have the capacity to learn and take action. We
should not wait for someone else to take action, we can make a difference to
people in our own simple ways.

In our library, through the provision of a cultural and indigenous
section, we provide a welcoming place for our students from different cultures and
ethnicities.  This section contains multicultural collection that reflect the
cultural and linguistic characteristics of the community that enable the users
to learn more about their
culture thus, promoting cultural awareness and
encouraging communication with
one another.

 

We also have makerspaces
where we provide collaborative environment for the students to work as one and
share what they know and learn new skills. We also have our AKLAT Project,
wherein we started to build mini libraries in the nearby barangays and public
schools as well as conducted storytelling to pupils using the Iloko, Filipino
and English language. With these projects we were able to meet people who
belong to the marginalized sector and by interacting with them we come to
discover their cultures, beliefs, traditions, aspirations and dreams.

 

We want every person especially
the youth to have the opportunity to fulfill their potentials. In our library,
we see to it that library services do not discriminate against people on
grounds such as gender, race, sexuality or disability. Our various library
services aim to meet their different needs and aspirations and are pro-active
in advancing equality and promoting good relations between different groups.  And so, we try our best to help the people
overcome barriers such as poverty, low aspirations and poor educational
attainment.

 

By attending this seminar it will
not only provide me with an opportunity to learn more about multicultural librarianship
but will also allow our institution to gain valuable information on how to help
our clients especially the marginalized individuals from various ethnicities.  Furthermore, this will be a great experience
since I get to network with other professionals in the field, and this will
enable me to interact with them on how we can work together towards promoting
multiculturalism in our respective libraries.