Chair's and President's Programs
ALA Unit/Subunit: ODLOS
Meeting Type: Chair's Program,Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Our Anniversary theme is Spectrum’s 20 Years: A Celebration of Community highlighting how scholars and supporters have worked for decades together to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in our profession. In 1996, then ALA Executive Director Elizabeth Martinez called a group to meet in City Librarian Luis Herrera’s office in Pasadena, CA. For over 20 years, librarians had spoken about the lack of diversity among librarians, the lack of equity, and that the profession did not reflect the population. It was time to develop an initiative to address this inequity. 20 years later Scholar Champions are actively expanding local networks of librarians of color and supporting one another in retaining a diverse leadership but set against the same backdrop of an overwhelmingly white profession. Join us as Spectrum's founders and Scholar activists reflect on the past and set a vision for the program's future to ensure that 20 years later the conversation will be different.