PLA Webinar to introduce core concepts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/27/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO -- This December, the Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to present a webinar in December on the topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in libraries. This webinar will provide an introductory understanding of the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact public libraries’ staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces.

Panelists include Katie Dover-Taylor, a reference librarian at the William P. Faust Public Library in Westland, Mich.; Jody Gray, the director of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS); and Amita Lonial, the principal librarian for learning, marketing, and engagement at San Diego (Calif.) County Library, who also serves as co-chair of the PLA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Understanding Power, Identity, and Oppression in the Public Library webinar will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 1 - 2 p.m. Central Time. The webinar is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Please click here to register or for more information.

Participants are asked to view this TED talk with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and come prepared with comments and questions. Registered or prospective attendees of the PLA 2018 preconference Understanding Identity, Power, Oppression + Liberation: A Justice + Equity Training are encouraged to attend this webinar.

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About PLA
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or