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Jennifer Boettcher's picture

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

  • What can ALA do to strengthen the recruitment, leadership development, and retention of diverse librarians and library workers in our profession?

  • How can ALA help break down discriminatory barriers based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation for members of our profession and our communities?

     

    IMHO these questions are about Inclusion and Innovation.  You include a diverse voice in problem solving and innovation, then leaders will be developed and people feel a part of the profession.  My question is how to invite people who don't always feel included.

Ken Stewart's picture

#1  Improve communication throughout the organization.  Identify those (members) that would be in direct relationships with new (and older) librarians that would benefit from this.  Give them the training and tools to be able to successfully work with them in a mentoring relationship - not just a list of "talking points."  Make it some type of training that would take place virtually over a span of time - and, make it free.  Make sure these mentors have mentors of their own, as well.  This communication setup would have to be dynamic in nature, not static.

#2  Communication and mentoring of those in administrative roles in the local level.  

Ken Stewart's picture

  • What do you see as our specific advocacy goals? 

Advocating for the relevance of libraries - throughout all of the various ALA divisions.

      *What would success look like?

When we don't have the staff to support community need and use!

  • What specific strategies do you believe will best help us achieve these goals?

The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities Presidential initiative.  This should be encouraged in every division and round table.

Tamara Evans's picture

ALA can strengthen the recruitment, leadership, and retention of diverse librarians/workers by creating and providing training opportunities as well as social events to form a sense of unity and community.

As a African american female librarian, I think that people would be more draw to the library profession by seeing more reflections of themselves in various library positions, not only as library workers but also as directors. As I was growing up, I didn't see many people who looked like me in higher up library positions, because I wanted to help people find what they were looking for, this pushed me to become a librarian.