Jetzt online: mein Vortrag über Mitarbeiter*innen mit Migrationshintergrund in öffentlichen Bibliotheken

Warum Bibliotheksmitarbeiter*innnen mit Migrationshintergrund unabdingbar sind: die Folien von meiner Vortrag auf dem Bibliothekskongress 2019 über meine Studie im VÖBB (Verbund Öffentlicher Bibliotheken Berlin) sind nun online.

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Why immigrant & POC library workers are crucial for libraries: slides from my talk at Germany’s annual library conference, about my study in Berlin’s public library network VÖBB, are now online.

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Interkultur — auf dem Bibliothekskongress 2019

Shelves full of books in a library. The wall above has lettering reading "francais englisch polski espanol italiano..."

Migration prägt zunehmend unsere Gesellschaft und somit die öffentliche Bibliotheken. Gut, dass auf dem Bibliothekskongress nächste Woche wird die interkulturelle Öffnung thematisiert wird.

Sowohl von mir und meinen Kolleginnen aus anderen Bibliotheken im Programm 360° der Kulturstiftung des Bundes als auch von der dbv Kommission Interkulturelle Bibliotheksarbeit.

Sie sind von uns herzlich eingeladen, an folgende Sitzungen zu Migration und interkulturelle Öffnung teilzunehmen:

Montag, 18. März 2019

  • 09:00 – 11:30, Vortragsraum 11
    Perspektiven der interkulturellen Öffnung: 360° Fonds für Kulturen der neuen Stadtgesellschaft (Ko-präsentiert von mir)
  • 13:00 – 13:30, Podium der Verbände
    Warum wir mehr BibliotheksmitarbeiterInnen mit Migrationshintergrund brauchen: Barrieren, Brücken und andere gelebte Erfahrungen (Vortrag von mir)
  • 16:00 – 18:00, Saal 1
    Interkulturelle Bibliotheksarbeit mit Partnern und System

Mittwoch, 20. März 2019

  • 14:00 – 15:30, Vortragsraum 11
    Bunt alleine reicht nicht! Interkulturelle Vielfalt mit Erfolg ins Team bringen

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Mind the gap! / Mut zur Lücke!

Was, zwischen 2014 und 2019 gab es keine neue Blogeinträge von Leslie? Nein, so war es nicht. Ab 2014 habe ich auf einer neuen Seite weitergebloggt. Die andere Seite bleibt aber nun geschlossen. Ich arbeite noch dran, die Einträge von dort hier zu importieren. Aber erst geht es hier mit neuen Posts weiter!

Why are there no posts between 2014 and 2019? The reason is simple: I moved to another blog during that time. Now I’ve closed the other blog and am working on importing the posts to this website. And future posts will appear here. Thank you for your patience!

Design for “Kids Build: Gingerbread Homes”

Many families with kids, as well as local high schools, approach Honolulu Habitat for Humanity about helping to build homes for the community. In the past, they turned away many interested young people because those under 16 are not allowed on the construction sites. So this holiday season, they are offering an alternative. Now young people can help build awareness and raise funds by joining a Gingerbread Homes build.

Flyer reading "Honolulu Habitat for Humanity First Annual Kids Build Gingerbread Homes."

As the 2014 design sponsor for the event, I am enjoying working with Honolulu Habitat to present the event to the community for the first time. The simple, honest design reflects the purpose of the event: for families to come together not only to enjoy crafting something with their own hands, but also to reflect and discuss with the neighbors about the meaning of “home.”

If you are in the area, please join us on December 13 to build a gingerbread home. More event information on the Honolulu Habitat for Humanity website.

How do you eat breadfruit?

Fresh breadfruit or ‘ulu

I’ve been eyeing the bumpy, brain-like fruit at my local coop, Kokua Market, for some time now. I would pick one up and weigh it in my hand. I knew the Hawaiian name was ‘ulu; the English name, breadfruit. But I didn’t know much more than that. Not knowing what to make of its black spots and crusty scabs or how to tell it was ripe, let alone how to cook it, I would end up setting the ‘ulu back down.

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Goodbye, inventor of CorningWare

Potholder from Corning with classic "Le Romarin" vegetable pattern.

Among my favorite American companies and products are Corning and its CorningWare and Pyrex. I grew up eating off CorningWare plates, white with little green broccoli-like flowers, and eating “scalloped potatoes” from casseroles with the same vegetable pattern you see on the potholder above (which Marko found at a Honolulu garage sale). So I was sad to read in the newspaper today that the inventor of CorningWare, Stanley Donald Stookey, died this Tuesday. Continue reading

local time: receiving a lei

Closed (circular) lei of orange and white flowers.

Today I was very surprised and happy to receive my first gift of a lei, the traditional garland of Hawaii made of flowers, leaves, and/or seeds. It was carefully draped over my shoulders by my friend Billie as a very touching thank-you and welcome gift before I gave an artist talk to her Art Theory class. An incredible fragrance immediately rose around me.

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local time: Chex mix, Hawaii style


It’s been years since I’ve had some good old homemade Chex mix, that most American of snacks. Only we Americans would take pre-made snacks like cereal, mixed nuts, and pretzels, butter and season them, and create a new snack. As a Chex mix fan, I am doubly wowed by this version made by my neighbor’s sister.

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