Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice

Charge and Work

To develop a strategic and coordinated approach for PLA related to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. The task force will explore methods and consider resources to be developed that will allow PLA to take a multifaceted approach. This may include recommending how EDI content is integrated into PLA programs; elevating successful libraries as models to generate and share best practices; identifying ways PLA might influence equity and inclusion within public libraries; and helping libraries serve diverse communities and staff.

Deliverables and outcomes:

  • Initiate training programs on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice (EDISJ) for the public library field, through webinars, presentations at ALA and PLA conferences, and regional symposia held at public libraries nationwide in 2019 and 2020
  • Advise PLA on how to integrate an EDISJ focus into PLA conference programming, strategic planning, and more
  • Regularly communicate to the public library field about EDISJ issues through a periodic e-newsletter, articles in Public Libraries magazine, and other strategies
  • Elevate successful libraries as models to generate and share best practices
  • Learn from and coordinate work with external EDISJ experts, such as the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and Race Forward

Expected time commitment:

  • Attend ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference (4 hours/year plus travel time)
  • Attend monthly virtual meetings (10–12 hours/year)
  • Participate on project subcommittees such as communications, training, etc. as assigned (variable)
  • Review and respond to emails and ALA Connect messages (2–3 hours/year)
  • Provide subject matter expertise on priority projects (12 hours/year)
  • (Optional) Represent PLA and the Task Force at relevant national meetings such as the Joint Conference on Librarians of Color (variable)

Desired skills, knowledge, or experience:

  • Personal interest in and strong commitment to social justice and providing equitable library services for all
  • Experience as a leader or active participant in addressing EDISJ issues at your public library of employment
  • Strong speaking and/or writing skills to help the Task Force advance its projects

Roster

Richard Kong (Co-Chair, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Amita Kaur Lonial (Co-Chair, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Jessica Anne Bratt (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Katie Dover-Taylor (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Rachel E. Fewell (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Christina Fuller-Gregory (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Toby Greenwalt (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Andrew F. Harbison (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Jason P. Kucsma (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Cynthia Marie Landrum (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Sarah Lawton (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Amy Lynn Sonnie (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Lois Langer Thompson (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Roosevelt Weeks (Member, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Scott Gregory Allen (Staff Liaison, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Megan Stewart (Staff Liaison, February 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)

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Composition

The task force is comprised of up to twenty (20) members, led by two (2) co-chairs.

Origin

Created by the Board of Directors as its Midwinter 2017 meeting.

Get Involved

To be a thriving, vibrant organization, PLA must have committed and active committee members. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please read and fill out the online volunteer form.

  • Volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Appointments are made by the PLA President and President-Elect, primarily in the spring.
  • Volunteers must be members of ALA and PLA.

Join the PLA Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Interest Group on ALA Connect to stay up-to-date on these topics and connect with peers on similar issues. PLA personal membership is required to join.

Staff Liaison

Scott Allen
Deputy Director
312-280-5858
sallen@ala.org