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ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: ALA Conferences

Information and resources on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

2019 ACRL President's Program

ACRL President Lauren PressleyThe ACRL President’s Program provides an opportunity for the current ACRL president to address a library issue of professional interest that may benefit the field. Traditionally, the Program has involved an event at the ALA Annual Conference. This year we are aiming to supplement that event with an additional event at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and a series of blog posts to be hosted on this site. 

President Lauren Pressley decided to direct this committee's attention to the extremely important topic of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). Since ACRL has recently established EDI as a Core Commitment of the organization, the goal of this Program will be to provide resources for learning and advocating for improvements across academic libraries. We hope to learn and grow together, and reiterate our belief that a more welcoming, more supportive, and safer academic library world is possible for all.

By engaging with the 2019 ACRL President's Program, you will be able to

  • Identify and use resources for learning about topics related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
  • Reflect on organizational change in support of EDI and advocate for improvements within the profession and at your home institution
  • Engage with colleagues across the field in a discussion about EDI and the changing future of academic libraries

​Equity, Diversity, Inclusion... and Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here?

Issues of equity in diverse workplaces, and the trend towards more inclusive language and policies, often leaves leaders in the difficult position of navigating the needs of the organization and the need to help the organization accommodate today's workforce. How can leaders effectively influence and motivate their teams, when the individuals on those teams struggle with the challenges of poor communication, collaboration, culture, change and conflict? Dr. Angela Spranger, author of Why People Stay: Helping Your Employees Feel Seen, Safe, and Valued addresses contemporary issues around diversity, leadership, and inclusiveness throughout the employment lifecycle. Through intensive dialogue, shared narrative, and humor supporting the theoretical material, Dr. Spranger shares an approach to inclusive leadership that leaves participants energized and engaged.

Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WCC), 146A
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Headshot of Dr. Angela SprangerDr. Angela Spranger, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Dr. Spranger is a Lecturer in Management at the Luter School of Business, Christopher Newport University, as well as the owner of StepOne Consulting LLC. She provides consulting services in management, human resources, and labor/management relations, as well as doing scholarly work on these topics. Her book, Why People Stay: Helping Your Employees Feel Seen, Safe, and Valued, was published by Routledge in 2018. 

Climbing the Stairs to Diversity & Inclusion Success

Discussion Forum with Dr. Terryl Ross, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Washington College of the Environment.

This interactive workshop presented a new diversity and inclusion organizational model.  Together, participants discussed all five levels of this model and what it takes to realistically move your organization to the next level.

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 1:00 -2:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Hyatt Seattle, Princessa 1
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Dr. Terryl Ross, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Washington College of the Environment

Dr. Terryl Ross is the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Washington College of the Environment. He collaborates with College of the Environment stakeholders to envision diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across the College. He works to accomplish these goals through empowering the College's diversity champions, his commitment to environmental justice and focusing on efforts that will make the biggest impact. 

Dr. Ross has worked in EDI for well over 30 years, including at University of Washington Bothell, Oregon State University, and Green River Community College. In 2012, he also traveled the country with his film project MOSAIC Nation Tour. 

The following was originally published in ACRL Insider. The EDI Discussion Series can be found on the 2019 ACRL President's Program LibGuide.

Introducing the ACRL President’s Program EDI Discussion Series

November 15, 2018

The ACRL President’s Program provides an opportunity for the current ACRL president to address a library issue of professional interest that may benefit the field. The program has traditionally involved an event at the ALA Annual Conference. This year we are aiming to supplement this event with an additional event at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and a series of blog posts to facilitate discussion throughout this year. My presidential program focuses on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in support of ACRL’s Core Commitment to EDI.

The discussion starts with this blog (EDI Discussion Series), where the program planning committee and invited authors will provide insights on a variety of EDI topics and issues facing our profession. The goal is to provide resources for learning and advocating for improvements. We hope to learn and grow together, and reiterate our belief that a more welcoming, more supportive, and safer academic library world is possible for all.

While these posts aim to reach a wide audience, ALA conference-goers will have the opportunity to attend two scheduled events focused on organizational change in support of EDI

I also want to thank the ACRL President’s Program Committee for all their work to support this series and our events. I have been inspired by their enthusiasm and work towards these goals: Hallie Clawson, Nastasha Johnson, Leo Lo, Rebecca K. Miller (chair), Rachel Rubin, Jason Sokoloff, and Megan R. Griffin (staff liaison). I look forward to sustained conversation and work in support of making our field a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive community.

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Lauren Pressley
ACRL President 2018-2019
Director of the UW Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries
University of Washington, Tacoma

 

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ACRL Leadership Council

Leadership Council convenes twice a year during the ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference meetings. The meetings provide a forum for ACRL member leaders to come together to chart ACRL’s course. To support ACRL's Core Committment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the 2019 ACRL Leadership Council meetings have included EDI trainings for ACRL members and leaders. 

ACRL Leadership Council at ALA Annual Conference 2019

This year’s Leadership Council and Membership Meeting at Annual will include a portion designed to help ACRL leaders and members strengthen their role as allies. This session will be facilitated by Anne Phibbs, Founder and President, Strategic Diversity Initiatives. Participants will also receive updates on ACRL membership activities and ALA Organizational Effectiveness. Leadership Council will be held Friday, June 21, 2019, from 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM in the Washington Hilton, Lincoln. 

ACRL Leadership Council at ALA Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 Midwinter Leadership Council included "Climbing the Stairs to Diversity & Inclusion Success" led by Dr. Terryl Ross, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, University of Washington College of the Environment. The Midwinter Leadership Council was held Friday, January 25, 2019, from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM in Seattle, Washington.

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2019 ALA Annual Conference: ACRL EDI Meetings & Programs

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2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting: ACRL EDI Meetings & Programs

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