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ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: 2021 ALA MW

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

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ALA Midwinter Virtual


The ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits will take place online, January 22-26, 2021. Registration is NOW OPEN and will close on January 15, 2021, Noon Central.

Highlights include:

  • Symposium on the Future of Libraries, offering sessions on future trends to inspire innovation in libraries
  • News You Can Use with updates that highlight new research, innovations, and advances in libraries
  • Interactive author events
  • Awards celebrations
  • The Library Marketplace: Exhibitors, Stages & Resources with NEW Presentation Stages
  • Live Chats
  • Networking opportunities
  • and more!

Discussion Forums

The full list of discussion forums can be found on the ALA Midwinter Virtual scheduler
IFLA Discussion Session

Sunday, January 24, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Want to learn more about the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)? Join us during this discussion session to hear updates from IFLA leaders and staff, about IFLA’s 2021 virtual conference, the IFLA organization, committee information, and more!

ACRL AASLIG: After the Protest: Instituting Change, Diversity and Inclusion Policies & Practices

Sunday, January 24, 2021, 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

This discussion session is being presented by the ACRL African American Studies Librarian Interest Group (AASLIG). This panel of three will discuss the types of policies and practices libraries can adopt to actively promote and make tangible changes in terms of diversity and inclusion within their ranks.

Black Lives Matter Comics Reading List

Monday, January 25, 2021, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Join librarians from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the ALA Graphic Novels Comics Round Table (GNCRT) as they present and discuss a comics reading list that highlights the history of the Black experiences and demand a new future for Black people. It is our hope the list will plant a seed that will continue to grow and serve as an essential resource for educators, parents, and readers of all ages.

On Demand Content

The full list of On Demand sessions can be found on the ALA Midwinter Virtual scheduler
Update on the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey

The annual ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics survey is the largest national survey of its kind. The survey provides timely metrics for benchmarking, understanding trends, advocating for better resources, assessment, and conducting deeper research. Members of the Survey Editorial Board will share highlights from the 2019 survey and review changes in the 2020 survey, including the new academic library facilities component that will be sent to those who complete the Trends survey by February 28, 2021.

Update on Value of Academic Libraries Initiatives

The ACRL Value of Academic Libraries (VAL) committee has been hard at work, and we’re excited to share updates on our initiatives with you and hear your feedback. In this session, we’ll focus on two initiatives – the Learning Analytics Toolkit and upcoming presentations from Library Impact Grant recipients. Attendees will also receive brief updates on other VAL activities.