ALA task force seeks your input on economic implications of participating at ALA functions

For Immediate Release
Mon, 02/22/2016


Jody Gray
Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services
American Library Association

CHICAGO — The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling. Before moving forward with programs, actions or recommendations, the members of the Task Force on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion believe it is important to understand the culture of the association, the profession and our communities with respect to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our short surveys are an opportunity to include input and ideas from the professional community, while complementing the rich data collection efforts of the larger association.

We recognize that incidents of racial bias and injustice continue to occur across the country on a regular basis.  This third survey, however, focuses on the economic implications of participating in ALA functions.

The survey can be accessed at

Responses will be collected through March 18, 2016.

ALA members and non-members are encouraged to participate.

Please take a few minutes to answer the survey, which should take no more than seven minutes to complete.

“Embracing and celebrating diversity and creating a more inclusive profession have been long-standing goals of the American Library Association. With your help, we hope to ensure these values are upheld,” said Task Force co-Chairs Trevor A. Dawes and Martin L. Garnar.

Questions about the survey can be sent to the Task Force at

Should technical issues arise, please contact the ALA Office for Research and Statistics at or call 1 (800) 545-2433. ext. 4273