The following resources are developed by Spectrum but open to all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the LIS field. For Scholar-specific resources, including additional closed groups for Scholars-only, refer to Scholar Resources.
The Spectrum Scholarship Program is dedicated to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, national origin, and/or religion. Please refer to our Community Guidelines for more information.
The following are organizations and/or digital community spaces focused on BIPOC in LIS:
- American Indian Library Association (AILA)
- Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
- Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
- Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
- REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking
- we here
- Accounts to Follow
- Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alaspectrum/
- Follow us on Twitter @ala_spectrum | #alaspectrum and check out information on joining our periodic Twitter Chats
- Spectrum maintains an open to all Facebook Social Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/409456795771279/
- Join the open to all LinkedIn group
Meetups & Events
- Visit our Spectrum Calendar to learn more about upcoming events. Events are often open to all BIPOC in LIS, and will specify if they are open or closed.
As part of ALA's commitment to creating a scholarship program that supports Scholars throughout their careers, we partner with library organizations to offer ongoing professional development that provides additional opportunities for leadership in the profession.
- Ongoing list of additional funding opportunities for BIPOC in LIS
- Ongoing list of EDI and social justice-focused trainings and conferences
- Mentoring opportunities through ALA and affiliated organizations
- Access to recordings of webinars through Spectrum and its home unit, ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services
- Access to recordings of webinars hosted in partnership with other organizations
- "Recruitment, Retention, and Experiences of Art Library Professionals" hosted by Spectrum and the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Professional Development - Education Subcommittee
- Coalition for Library Workers of Color, a group committed to eliciting change and growth in support of people of color within the library community.
- Green Book for Libraries is a crowd-sourced resource for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in library and information science fields to review LIS workplaces and programs.
- Review this Scholar-compiled list of self-care resources spanning a variety of platforms and focus areas.
- Reference this compilation of ALA and Affiliate Equity, Diversity and Inclusion-focused statements
- Reference our Libraries Respond pages for resources for library professionals on a variety of current events social justice issues