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Trevor Dawes's picture

ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Final Report

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is pleased to present its final report that has been submitted to the ALA Executive Board.  We welcome everyone to join us at the ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando (Saturday 6/25/16, 3:00pm in room W224 of the Orange County Convention Center) where will give a brief update.  By the time of this meeting, we will have formally presented the report to the ALA Executive Board. 

This version of the report may not be completely accessible to those with visual impairments.  We are working on making a more accessible version of the document available and will have that version posted as soon as possible.  Until such time that the accessible version is available, please contact the Task Force co-chairs (Martin Garnar or Trevor A. Dawes) if you'd like a copy of the original MS-Word documents. 

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Max Macias (non-member)'s picture

May we share this now?

 

Max 

Aimee Quinn's picture

My thanks to the task force for this excellent report.  While the TF began after the dreadful killing of Trayvon Martin, the final report comes just days before the worst massacre in U.S. history.  What lessons have we learned in these short years between these two horrific events?  I still believe that education to "build awareness, advocate for equitable treatment, inclusion, and respect for diversity" is still worthy and worthwhile even while we mourn and are angered by the senseless violence which shakes our nation to the very core. 

Research into the study of how we, as an association, can participate in a civil society is one of the tenants of librarianship established by the founders of the ALA namely Justin Winsor who believed libraries should uplift society and Samuel Swett Green who believed librarians are educators and students should have free access to the widest views and viewpoints.

This report investigates how ALA may broaden its mission and further its study to be more inclusive. I am one librarian proud to stand with my association in this cause.

Aimée C. Quinn