United for Libraries to present online workshop on ‘Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: What Library Trustees Need to Know’ on April 30

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/26/2019


Jillian Wentworth

Manager of Marketing & Membership

United for Libraries


United for Libraries will present “Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: What Library Trustees Need to Know,” an online workshop, on Tues., April 30, 10 to 11 a.m. Eastern Time and 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The workshop, hosted by ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, will be presented live twice, in two identical sessions, and the recording will be made available to those who register.

You are entitled to free registration if you are a United for Libraries Statewide Group Member in Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, or Texas. To register, please contact us using this form. For all others, the cost is $65 per person, $130 for a group; ALA/United for Libraries members receive a 10% discount. Learn more and register

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) impacts all communities and all aspects of librarianship. Library Boards of Trustees have an important role in supporting EDI and related initiatives. In this event, Anne Phibbs, PhD, Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, will give a basic introduction to EDI and discuss what library trustees and boards need to know about EDI.

This workshop will help trustees and library directors understand how to incorporate EDI into policy development, strategic planning, funding initiatives, board development, and more. Anne will present a variety of interactive scenarios in which EDI issues are a factor, with time for Q&A and discussion.

Anne Phibbs, PhD, is the founder and president of Strategic Diversity Initiatives. Anne brings more than 25 years of experience helping organizations, including libraries and library associations, advance their equity, diversity, and inclusion goals. She is adept at assessing an organization’s strengths and challenges and tailoring her approach to its context, culture, and goals. With extensive experience in training, teaching, curriculum development, and training of trainers, Anne has delivered hundreds of workshops and classes for thousands of participants in corporate, government, higher education, nonprofit, healthcare, and faith community settings.

Learning Outcomes

After participating in this event, you will:

  • Understand the importance of EDI in the library and community
  • Learn how to implement EDI principles in policy development, strategic planning, funding, board development, and other areas relevant to library boards of trustees.
  • Be able to contribute to EDI work in the library and beyond.

The American Library Association has made equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) one of the four strategic directions in its strategic plan, in recognition that EDI impacts all aspects of work among its members, within the field of librarianship, and within the communities served by libraries.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.

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