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ACRL Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes - ALA Midwinter 2017


Association of College and Research Libraries

Diversity Committee

ALA Midwinter Conference Meeting

Saturday, January 21, 2017

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Westin Peachtree Plaza, Piedmont Room 5 (Twelfth Floor)

Atlanta, GA





1. Preliminaries

     a. Introductions

     b. Appoint minute taker

           i. Kenny Garcia will take notes.

2. Agenda overview

     a. Agenda item on sharing survey results was added.

     b. Items four, five, and six on the original meeting agenda shifted up and are now items three, four, and five.

3. Approval of minutes of 6/26/16

     a. Minutes were approved as is.

4. Announcements

     a. ACRL Leadership Council

          i. Changes to the ALA Conference structure were discussed. These changes are being proposed for ALA Annual 2018 and may have an impact on time, place, and day that committee meetings are scheduled. The ACRL President’s theme this year is resiliency.  

     b. Committee volunteer form / Reappointments

     c. ACRL 2017

          i. Both presentation proposals were accepted. The round table discussion will be on Thursday, March 23rd, from 9:40am-10:40am. The virtual conference presentation will be on Friday, March 24th, from 10am-11am EST.

5. ACRL post-election statement on diversity and inclusion

     a. The chair and vice-chair of the committee were asked to provide thoughts on a post-election statement on diversity and inclusion. The ACRL Board was meeting later on today to discuss it. The chair and vice-chair stated that a resource guide for academic librarians on how to best support students and colleagues dealing with major federal policy shifts may be important, as well as an official statement by the ACRL Board in support of the values espoused by academic library workers that may be in direct conflict with these new policy shifts such as the disappearance of diversity-related pages on the White House website.

6. 2017 candidates for ACRL vice-president/president-elect

     b. Lauren Pressley and José Aguiñaga were given an opportunity to speak to the committee on priorities, diversity, professional development, and mentorship. The committee members present appreciated the discussions that were had and the time taken by both candidates to meet with the committee.

7. Working Group Updates:

     a. Assessment Plan subcommittee

     b. Website subcommittee

     c. Best Practices subcommittee

          i. Kenny will check in with each working group after Midwinter to discuss next steps.

     d. ACRL Diversity Committee liaison to the ACRL Diversity Alliance Steering Committee

          i. The committee will be meeting after Midwinter.

8. Sharing survey results

     a. A discussion was had to discuss the dissemination of the survey on the revision of the diversity standards that was conducted last year.

          i. Charts that were created from the survey data were shared on ALA Connect.

          ii. The raw data of the survey results will also need to be shared.

          iii. The survey results and the NDLC presentation will be shared on the Diversity Committee web page.