ALA releases Libraries Respond - Black Lives Matter resource
For Immediate Release
Outreach and Communications Program Officer
Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services
CHICAGO - Since 2016, The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has maintained the Libraries Respond page – a resource for addressing current social justice issues. Our newest installment is Libraries Respond – Black Lives Matter.
The library profession suffers from a persistent lack of racial and ethnic diversity that shows few signs of improving. In 2018, just 6.8 percent of librarians identified as Black or African American. Many people are feeling helpless, but there are many ways we can center the voices and experiences of Black library workers and the Black community, support the broader Black Lives Matter movement, fight against police violence, and further the cause of racial justice.
This resource provides key definitions and concrete tools for library workers on how they can be involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, from resources on educating yourself to critically examining library policies.