Librarians and library staff shall support and advocate for recruitment, admissions, hiring, and retention efforts in libraries, library associations, and LIS programs to increase diversity and ensure continued diversity in the profession.
Diversity in the workplace benefits the library’s constituents and the community, the library organization, and the community. In a diverse library workforce, library users can find someone to relate to, and get services that are sensitive to their needs and preferences. Diversity also improves staff performance and overall library success.
Diversity also benefits library and information schools, improving the quality of learning as students explore different perspectives and reduce prejudice, and fostering deeper thinking (Kim and Sin 2008).
Diversity is one of ALA’s five key action areas to ensure high-quality library services to all constituents. Within that mission is the need to recruit underrepresented groups and individuals with disabilities to the profession.
It is this diversity that contributes a deeper level of understanding and competence to our daily work. The American Library Association envisions a richly, diverse workforce providing a high level of service to the membership in an environment where respect, appreciation, equity and inclusion are core values (ALA 2003, 1).
The culturally competent organization shall:
To the extent that it is possible, we have selected several national and state resources. Note that the UAF libraries are not responsible for the content of external websites. These news feeds are simply a starting point to your implementing of these standards.
Below are some links providing a number of resources, strategies, and related projects to help support libraries in their diversity recruitment initiatives.
We would like to have your suggestions about what insitutions to showcase here. It could be your own institution or you can refer someone you know. Your feedback is appreciated.
"Your Institution's name and diversity work here"