Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work. 

Recognition of Indigenous History of Chicago

The American Library Association would like to acknowledge that we are convening on the ancestral homeland of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, as well as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox Nations. The ALA wishes to pay our respects to the elders and both past and present American Indian individuals, who have or currently do call Chicago home. Together let us explore how we might build relationships with tribal entities to ensure access to inclusive spaces, break down barriers to information and provide a platform for indigenous voices and perspectives within our roles in the library and educational institutions we serve.

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As library and information services practitioners seek to make their institutions more equitable, diverse, inclusive, and just -- here are just a few of the dozens of panels and learning opportunities in support of that work that will be featured at Annual Conference 2021.

All times are in U.S. Central.

Live Education Sessions

 

Date & Time


Title

Thursday, June 24

11 AM - 12 PM


Take Up the Challenge: An Actionable and Accountable Racial Justice Program

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Thursday, June 24

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


COVID's Uneven Impact on Communities

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Thursday, June 24

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM


Library Services to the Justice-Involved Discussion

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Thursday June 24

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 


Intellectual Freedom is Meaningless without Social Justice

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Friday, June 25

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Brave Conversations: Kids’ Club for Social Justice

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Saturday, June 26

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Assembly

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Saturday, June 26

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Community Driven Justice in Our Work: Library and Archival Workers of Color Advocating for Self-Preservation, Solidarity, Change and Justice in Communities, Workplace and in the Profession at Large

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Saturday, June 26

4 PM - 5 PM


What’s in a name?: LGBTQ+ and Latinx Perspectives on Access Terminology--Challenges and Solutions

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On Demand Sessions


Title


Beyond Picture Perfect Diversity: How to Create a Sense of Inclusion

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How we are Marching: EDI Efforts Across ACRL

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Taking Action for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Intellectual Freedom in School Libraries

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