EDI in Our Libraries

2019 President, Loida Garcia FeboAn initiative of ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo and her Diversity Advisory Board, this EDI video series gives visibility to a diverse representation of library workers, champions, and patrons to help deepen the understanding of the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in action in our nation’s libraries. Each video is anchored by three core questions:

  1. How does equity, diversity, and inclusion factor into your daily life as a librarian?
  2. What's the single biggest challenge facing libraries when it comes to equity, diversity, and inclusion?
  3. What are some effective ways that libraries can promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in our communities?


University of Illinois - For Me It's Personal

JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian at the University Library of the University of Illinois, embeds the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion into his work in tangible ways. As a disability rights advocate, he champions accessibility and inclusion in his campus library because, to him, it’s personal. As someone who identifies as disabled as well as transgender, JJ says it’s natural to take up this work: “That's how I got into this. I've always been in it, but I wanted to go forward and try to make my new home, librarianship, into a space that I really wanted to be in. And a space that really reflected who I am and not just the values of librarianship as a whole, or the values that I learned about in school, but about me. Because it is my community.” We recently spoke with him about the value of doing this hard work and learned more about projects he’s undertaken, including the development of a series of disability libguides, the creation of reflection rooms for students, and his work with special populations, like veterans.

Check out JJ Pionke's Disability LibGuides.

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