The Diversity Conversation: Why You Need to Have It and How To Start It

Why is diversity important?  Because the nation’s population is changing.  Because it’s the right thing to do.  Because it improves organizations.  This presentation helps diversity advocates utilize the available literature and research to explain why diversity is important for libraries and how it can be an asset for organizational improvement.  This session provides multiple approaches for having the diversity conversation with various audiences.  This webinar is part of the Office for Diversity’s Diversity Leadership Online series.


  • Miguel Figueroa, Director, Office for Diversity, American Library Association

Date(s) & Time(s)

Webcasts are 24/7. The recording runs approximately 55 minutes.


  • ALA member: $20
  • Nonmember: $25
  • Group: $120*

*For purposes of group registration, a group is defined as people gathering in one room at one location to watch the webcast. We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, use a LCD/LED projector and speakers capable of amplifying the audio when viewing the webcast.

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Technical Requirements

This webcast requires a computer, internet connection and web browser.  The session was originally recorded using the Adobe Connect platform.  Please be sure to access the session from a computer with speakers or headphones.  We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use a LCD/LED projector and speakers capable of amplifying the audio in the room to project the webcast.


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Any questions about the content of this webcast should be directed to the Office for Diversity at or at 1-800-545-2433 x5048.

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