Libraries strive to serve their communities with important services and programs, and they also contributed to our nation’s history of creating racial inequity by enforcing racialized laws. Although racial discrimination is illegal, many long-held library practices perpetuate racialized outcomes and maintain libraries as white spaces—often unintentionally. This webinar, presented by the Race Forward Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), presented an overview of concepts and approaches libraries are using to reduce racial barriers in their work.
This on-demand webinar—the third in a series—dives into how a trauma-informed service philosophy can reduce harm for library staff and patrons. Panelists address specific scenarios and help participants begin to use trauma-informed concepts to address concerns before they arise and when they arise. By incorporating concepts and research covered in the first two webinars, attendees learn how to look through a trauma-informed lens and gain ideas to consider when approaching an interaction.
This webinar will offer best practices and tools to ensure that your library’s marketing is accessible, inclusive and effective for all members of your community. It will review free accessibility tools for designing print and online marketing materials, as well as methods for a more inclusive approach to outreach. Participants will learn concrete steps to improve their existing marketing practices and will discover new methods. The content is relevant to all types of libraries that have marketing activities.
Census 2020 Outreach to Communities of Color provides participants with key tools and recommendations for census outreach geared toward communities of color. The constitutional decennial census is vital for political representation and resource distribution. However, this iteration faces limitations related to underfunding, litigation, a new digital response option, and an acrimonious political landscape. All of these challenges pose civil rights concerns; communities of color are especially at risk of an undercount.
In light of the outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus), cases of racism and xenophobia against Asians and Asian/Pacific Americans have surged across the world. In the United States, there has always been a deep history of xenophobia towards Asians. This webinar will feature two experts to discuss the issue of Anti-Asian sentiment, and will also focus on teaching resources in countering xenophobia.
This free 90-minute webinar will feature information on ALA's six ethnic affiliates as well as user-focused resources.
As part of PLA’s commitment to working toward making its educational events accessible to all, this webinar offers practical recommendations for creating accessible presentations for the PLA 2018 Conference and beyond. Learn how to design presentation materials that are accessible and to deliver educational content, including facilitating discussion, in a way that reaches all audience members. This webinar includes specific advice on slide structure, font choices, and file formats, and provides examples of the accessibility features of popular presentation software options.
Cultural humility as a concept is discussed very little in the library literature. Yet the idea embodies the long-held professional values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and could do much to further efforts to assist our increasingly diverse communities and patrons. The discussion we present is also unique as we approach the topic by unpacking the notion of humility and why people may find the whole concept difficult to embrace.
You've heard of IQ and EQ, but what about CQ? Cultural Intelligence (CQ) refers to our ability to function effectively across national, ethnic, and even organizational cultural boundaries. Cultural Intelligence involves four interdependent skills: Knowledge, Motivation, Interpretation, and Behavior. Cultural Intelligence building is a life-long journey, and all can improve their CQ over time. In a world of culture clashes, any effort towards cultural intelligence will make an immediate and effective impact.
Offering a hotspot lending program at your library offers endless opportunities for your patrons, especially those that lack broadband connectivity at home. This free webinar will offer public library staff tools and resources for how and why to start a hotspot lending program. Participants will hear from two public library staff members who will share insights about their libraries’ processes, policies, challenges, and more.