Diversity

ALA announces participants in Racial Healing Circle workshop with AAC&U

Forty-two library workers and educators have been selected to participate in a two-day workshop to learn how to lead Racial Healing Circles, a transformative facilitation process, championed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, that strives to help communities engage with storytelling, deep listening and relationship building that can support healing from the effects of racism.

ALA President announces future EDI Efforts

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo today unveiled a variety of tools for library workers to continue to embed Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) principles within the profession and communities at large.

“Libraries of all types are invaluable allies inspiring understanding and community healing as our profession and patrons work to understand our differences,” said Garcia-Febo. “This is a pivotal time for ALA members as we all work to transform the profession and our institutions through education and lifelong learning.

American Library Association launches EDI Speakers Bureau

Chicago – The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has launched the EDI Speakers Bureau. This online resource highlights experts from the library profession who are available to speak on topics surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

PLA to offer regional symposia on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice in libraries

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has released the schedule for its highly anticipated symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice (EDISJ). The symposium Social Justice and Public Libraries: Equity Starts with Us will be offered three times in 2019, in Denver, Colo., Charleston, S.C. and Chicago, Ill.

The dates and locations are as follows:

Feb. 25-26, 2019
Denver Public Library
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Denver, Colo. 80204

70 libraries named for ALA’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

CHICAGO — Seventy libraries have been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), a thematic reading and discussion program series that will engage underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs and racial healing work.

Riko Fluchel named 2018-19 LITA/OCLC Spectrum Scholar

The Library and Information Technology Association and OCLC are funding Riko Fluchel’s participation in the ALA Spectrum Scholars program as part of their commitment to help diversify the library technology field.

ACRL funds 2018-19 Spectrum Scholar Stephanie Akau

CHICAGO – As part of its ongoing commitment to furthering equity, diversity and inclusion in librarianship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is supporting Stephanie Akau as its 2018-19 Spectrum Scholar. Akau currently works as a library information specialist at the University of New Mexico and is a student in the MLIS program at San Jose State University.