For immediate release | November 29, 2016

ALCTS Midwinter Symposium celebrates equity, diversity and inclusion

CHICAGO — On Friday, Jan. 20, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will present its Midwinter Symposium Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Creating a New Future for Library Collections at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta. Organized by Charles Wilt, chair, ALCTS President’s Program Committee, and co-hosted by the Georgia State University Library and Director Jeff Steely, this symposium will address the need for action relating to equity, diversity and inclusion in libraries. Join your colleagues for this riveting program on Jan. 20 at the Knowles Conference Center, College of Law, at the Georgia State University.

Courtney Young, ALA president 2014-2015 and head librarian and professor of Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University’s Greater Allegheny campus, will open the program with a keynote speech followed by speakers Hannah Buckland, Charlotte Roh, Harrison Inefuke, Paolo Gujilde, Emily Drabinski, Ann Marie Willer and Miriam Centeno. Providing closing remarks is Mark Puente, director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, Association of Research Libraries.

This not to be missed Midwinter symposium examines the critical roles of equity, diversity and inclusion in today’s libraries and its collections. Touching on the many aspects of library collections, topics include equitable access to collections, scholarly communication and diversity, diversity and visibility in collection development and management, inclusion and advocacy in cataloging and diversity, and inclusion in preservation.

Online registration is available through the ALA 2017 Midwinter Meeting website. Include this symposium in your conference registration or register for it alone. The cost of this full-day ALCTS symposium is $219 for ALCTS members, $269 for ALA members, $319 for non-members and $99 for ALA student members and retired members. The registration event code is ALC1, and attendance at the ALA Midwinter Meeting is not required to register for this event. Space is limited so register early.

A complete listing of ALCTS events at Midwinter is available, and you can follow ALCTS on social media using #alctsmw17 to get the latest details about ALCTS Midwinter programming.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. An international, member-driven association, ALCTS engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, discovery, and preservation of library collections.


Brooke Morris

Communications Specialist