How Diversity Matters: Micro-Practices That Keep Libraries Relevant

There are lots of reasons why diversity is important in libraries, but not much has been shared about HOW diversity makes a difference in our ability to connect, collaborate and serve our user populations. This session will highlight a variety of micro-practices that occur when we are deliberate about making diversity a priority within our libraries.  This session will help us understand and harness the power and richness of diversity for better service outcomes.  This recorded webcast is part of the Office for Diversity’s Diversity Leadership Online series.


  • Karen E. Downing, University Learning Communities Liaison and Foundation & Grants Librarian, University of Michigan

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.

Neither individual nor group registration includes permission to rebroadcast or redistribute this webcast. Thank you for your cooperation.

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.


To register with a credit card, click here to begin the online registration process. On ALA’s Online Registration page select the “Register” link next to the course you wish to attend. You will need to enter your ALA ID and password. If you do not have an ALA ID and password, you will be asked to create one. Please note: Once your registration is processed, you will receive a receipt/confirmation email containing additional information about accessing the webcast.


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

Questions regarding registration should be directed to ALA’s Membership and Customer Service department at 1-800-545-2433 x5.