Moving the Diversity Discussion Forward: What's Next?
Description: The recent ALA Diversity Counts report was both eye opening and sobering. The movements we are making toward creating a more representative and diverse workforce are incremental, at best. While relevant, this session is, and must be, more than a discussion on “workforce transformations.” Current librarians, staff, and students who represent underrepresented groups, either by being a member of one or by working toward diversity initiatives, will find this session useful. In a facilitated discussion, we will attempt to tackle the question of “what’s next?” and hopefully develop connections, community, and change, which will continue outside of ALA.
Presenter: Jennifer Garrett
Format: Facilitated Discussion
Types of libraries:
- Transforming Libraries
Additional comments: As a recent MLIS graduate, participant in various ALA and ARL Diversity programs, and a member of the 5%, this topic is very personal and important to me. I understand that it would also be personal to the attendees and I will take special care to make sure the discussion is a positive one.