Moving the needle towards cultural competence may conceivably start in the administrative wing. Oftentimes, library administrators set the tone and culture of the entire organization. This research aims to measure the cultural competence of a sample administrators who manage STEM, art, architecture, and planning librarians, specifically including those who hire, train, and select library holdings, using the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES). Unlike some intercultural assessments, the IES doe not measure gaps. The IES measures 6 competencies: self-awareness, exploration, world orientation, relationship development, positive regard, and emotional resilience. We hope that this project will help library administrators identify areas of progress and growth. In this program, we will dig into the results of the assessment, prominent areas of competence, and how their cultural competence may affect their leadership in times of cultural shifts.
define 6 areas of competence within overall intercultural competence development
be conversant in the Intercultural Effective Scale (IES) which was derived from in the Global Competencies Inventory (GCI)
reflect on their own leadership self-awareness, hardiness, and engagement