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Discussion ALA task force seeks your input on equity, diversity, and inclusion

by Martin Garnar on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:34 am

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling.

The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase. To aid with information gathering, it has launched a series of short surveys to be conducted at times to coincide with the ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences through 2016. These surveys are designed to help understand the culture of the association, the profession and our communities with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling.

The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase. To aid with information gathering, it has launched a series of short surveys to be conducted at times to coincide with the ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences through 2016. These surveys are designed to help understand the culture of the association, the profession and our communities with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The first survey presents the definitions created by the task force equity, diversity, and inclusion and asks individuals to consider ALA’s current alignment with those definitions.

The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tfedi1web. Responses will be collected through Feb. 16, 2015. ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to participate.

The final, analyzed results of the survey will be reported by April 2015 via the Task Force's ALA Connect community and distributed through various ALA channels.

Please take a few minutes to answer the survey, which should take no more than seven minutes to complete.

“Embracing and celebrating diversity and creating a more inclusive profession have been long-standing goals of the American Library Association. With your help, we hope to ensure these values are upheld,” said Task Force co-Chairs Trevor A. Dawes and Martin L. Garnar.

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s charge is to develop a plan and strategic actions to build more equity, diversity and inclusion among our members, the field of librarianship and our communities. The most important Task Force outcome is the public and honest conversation that generated by its plan and recommended actions. The final Task Force report will include recommendations for ensuring that a continuing focus on equity, diversity and inclusion is embedded throughout the ALA organization.

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Event TF-EDI 12/22/2014 Meeting Agenda

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

TF EDI
Conference Call
Monday, 22 December 2014
12:00pm ET / 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT / 9:00am PT

Toll Free Dial In Number: 1.866.801.5789
Participant Access Code: 78965432#

Agenda items

TF EDI
Conference Call
Monday, 22 December 2014
12:00pm ET / 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT / 9:00am PT

Toll Free Dial In Number: 1.866.801.5789
Participant Access Code: 78965432#

Agenda items

• How do we engage the ALA divisions in our discussions? Some divisions have diversity committees? What should their role be?
• What information should we pull together as background material for the conversation at MW?
• Recorder/Facilitator training. Need to be scheduled in early Jan. Will be recorded for those who aren’t able to participate in real time. Doodle poll to be sent shortly.
• First survey. Finalize questions and logistics.
• Other?

 

Basic Agenda at MW for conversation:
(Based on conversation with Nancy Kranich on 12/15/14)

Trevor: introduce the program. Why are we here? Introduce Jorge and Nancy.

Jorge: provocative statement….
Set the stage by speaking about the “tensions between and evolution of” the ideas of equity, diversity and inclusion. What do we mean by these terms? For a long time we have been speaking about diversity in terms of “opening doors.” In some places there doors have been opened, but the people who have walked through are still not included. What sort of social contract (is it a social contract that’s needed) to be more accepting of each other?
Is equity fairness, justice, or distribution?

Nancy: facilitates dialogue.

TF Members: serve as table facilitators and recorders.
Table participants may choose to focus their conversations on ALA members, the profession, or the broader community. Having this option can lead to richer information and more diversity of opinion.

Nancy: Wrap Up
“Harvest” of information. Was there anything surprising? Any light bulbs that went off that needs to be shared immediately?

Trevor: No reporting out. This is a great way to gather information that will help the TF as it thinks about how to move forward. This is but one opportunity to share information. Recorders will be asked to submit their summaries so that we can compile and use for future planning. Conversations will continue….

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Event TF-EDI 8/12/2014 Meeting Agenda

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Good morning! This is a friendly reminder that the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will have its first conference call at 4:00pm ET / 3:00pm CT / 2:00pm MT / 1:00pm PT. Thanks to everyone who has let us know whether or not they’ll be able to participate -- we’ve heard from almost everyone.
Here’s the information for joining the conference call:

Toll Free Number: 866-801-5789
Participant Passcode: 78965432

Good morning! This is a friendly reminder that the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will have its first conference call at 4:00pm ET / 3:00pm CT / 2:00pm MT / 1:00pm PT. Thanks to everyone who has let us know whether or not they’ll be able to participate -- we’ve heard from almost everyone.
Here’s the information for joining the conference call:

Toll Free Number: 866-801-5789
Participant Passcode: 78965432

The agenda will include:
• Introduce ourselves to each other
• Appoint a note-taker
• Review and accept ground rules
• Discuss options for virtual meetings
• Review charge of the task force
o Website
o Internal Communication (listserv and ALA connect)
o External Communication and liaison work
• Determine the groups or individuals with whom we need to work / collaborate
o Who, within the profession, is already doing D&I work? How can we connect with them (ALISE / ARL / SAA / ARLIS / others within ALA not specifically represented on the task force)
o Review the ACRL Diversity Standards; Review documentation from OfD. How can these assist with our work?

ACRL Diversity Standards
http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/diversity

Resources from the Office for Diversity (look at the Popular Resources section)
http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity

• Develop a [tentative?] plan for moving forward
• Other?

Thank you!
Martin & Trevor

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Event TF-EDI 10/27/2014 Meeting Agenda

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Hi folks. Our next conference call is scheduled for next Monday, October 27th at noon/11/10/9 a.m. The call-in information is the same as usual:

Toll Free Number: 866-801-5789
Participant Passcode: 78965432

At this point, our agenda will include

  • report from the survey subcommittee
  • any feedback from sharing the definitions
  • updates on our programming plans for Midwinter and Annual

I suspect we’ll spend the bulk of our time discussing the survey. If you have anything to add to the agenda, please let us know ASAP.

Hi folks. Our next conference call is scheduled for next Monday, October 27th at noon/11/10/9 a.m. The call-in information is the same as usual:

Toll Free Number: 866-801-5789
Participant Passcode: 78965432

At this point, our agenda will include

  • report from the survey subcommittee
  • any feedback from sharing the definitions
  • updates on our programming plans for Midwinter and Annual

I suspect we’ll spend the bulk of our time discussing the survey. If you have anything to add to the agenda, please let us know ASAP.

Thanks, and hope you have a great weekend!
Trevor & Martin

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Event TF-EDI 9/9/2014 Meeting Agenda

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Our next conference call is on Tuesday 9/9 at 4 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Central/2 p.m. Mountain/1 p.m. Pacific.   The call-in information is the same as before:

Toll Free Number: 866-801-5789
Participant Passcode: 78965432

As with last time, we will assume you are attending unless you contact Martin or Trevor and tell us otherwise (or unless you are Melissa and have a standing conflict, which we are trying to address…)

As a reminder, here are the tasks from our last call:

Our next conference call is on Tuesday 9/9 at 4 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Central/2 p.m. Mountain/1 p.m. Pacific.   The call-in information is the same as before:

Toll Free Number: 866-801-5789
Participant Passcode: 78965432

As with last time, we will assume you are attending unless you contact Martin or Trevor and tell us otherwise (or unless you are Melissa and have a standing conflict, which we are trying to address…)

As a reminder, here are the tasks from our last call:

  • Action item: Martin and Trevor will explore different meeting times and send out a Doodle poll to determine a time that will work best for a majority of our members.  (see survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SLXH3Q6
  • Action item: Barbara, Mark, Mike, and Teri will work on providing working definitions for diversity, inclusion, and equity.  (see DRAFT at http://connect.ala.org/node/228362
  • Action item: LaJuan and Lian will provide information on what other associations are doing to highlight/promote diversity within their organizations. They will share this information during the next meeting on September 9. (see overview and attachments at http://connect.ala.org/node/228366
  • Action item: Barbara and Trevor will work on messaging that highlights why Annual 2016 will remain in Orlando.  (see draft at http://connect.ala.org/node/228363
  • Action item: Martin and Trevor will clean up the approved ground rules and send them out for your reference. (see http://connect.ala.org/node/227612?gh=32577)
  • Action item: Martin will send the task force a copy of the GLBTRT feedback report. This report can be used as a template for other reports.  (see all reports/updates at  http://connect.ala.org/taxonomy/term/32573

Regarding the last item, if you’re a liaison from another group and haven’t submitted a report on their feedback, please try to do that at your earliest convenience.

At this point, our agenda consists of progress reports on assigned tasks (see above).  We will add other items as requested, so please send us anything you’d like to add.

Thanks, and looking forward to the call.

 

Martin and Trevor

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Discussion How Are ALA Conference sites selected?

by Trevor Dawes on Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 06:48 pm

Task Force members have been asked, "How does ALA select a conference site?"  That's a great question, and we have found a resource online that describes the various factors that are considered when selecting a location for the ALA Conference.  Visit the FAQ created by ALA Conference Services staff (http://www.ala.org/offices/conference/confservices/ccc/faq) to learn more.  

Task Force members have been asked, "How does ALA select a conference site?"  That's a great question, and we have found a resource online that describes the various factors that are considered when selecting a location for the ALA Conference.  Visit the FAQ created by ALA Conference Services staff (http://www.ala.org/offices/conference/confservices/ccc/faq) to learn more.  

You may also see the list of cities in which future ALA Conferences will be held (http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/ala-upcoming-annual-conferences-mid...).  

We know that there may be an issue in any city with which a member or members may have objections.  Naturally, we want to be sensitive to your concerns and hope that you'll reach out to us (for the duration of the Task Force tenure) or to appropriate staff at ALA to work together on determining how best to move forward. 

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