For immediate release | April 12, 2022

ALA Working Group on Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice schedules online discussions on potential alternatives to neutrality

CHICAGO — The ALA Working Group on Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice will host three online sessions for members and library workers that will provide opportunities to learn more about potential alternatives to neutrality. The alternatives to neutrality for discussion include radical empathy, trauma-informed response, and cultural humility.

Meeting times:

Monday, April 25th at 1 p.m. Central (Focus on public libraries) (Zoom Registration Link)

Tuesday, May 17th at 4 p.m. Central; (Focus on school libraries) (Zoom Registration Link)

Wednesday, June 8th at 2 p.m. Central; (Focus on academic libraries) (Zoom Registration Link)

Each session will begin with an overview of the working group's charge to explore alternatives to neutrality rhetoric before giving attendees a chance to learn more about and discuss one of the three alternatives in breakout rooms. Participants will then reconvene to share the highlights from each discussion.

Though the sessions will be open to all, each session will focus on specific library types, since the Working Group recognizes that different approaches may be necessary depending on the nature of the communities served by the library.

We hope you are able to join us for these important conversations. Registration is limited to 300 participants for each session. We are also planning a final session at the Annual Conference, which will be announced in the coming weeks.


Deborah Caldwell-Stone


American Library Association

Office for Intellectual Freedom