Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Over the last decade, more than 50 cities and counties have partnered with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) to advance racial equity and opportunities for all. Together, these agencies have established a solid field of practice that aims to transform government, strengthen community partnerships and eliminate racial disparities. From Seattle to Saint Paul, library departments have been at the forefront of these local and regional initiatives to proactively change the policies, practices and systems that create barriers to prosperity and well-being for people of color.
In 2018, GARE released an issue paper entitled “Advancing Racial Equity in Libraries: Case Studies from the Field.” The paper, produced by library leaders involved with GARE’s Library Interest Group, profiles a handful of public libraries that are leveraging the power and influence of their institutions to advance racial equity in library work and beyond. These libraries are using a shared framework and toolset while developing innovative local approaches to reduce race-based disparities. In doing so, they are beginning to see positive transformations in collections, partnerships, the library workforce, programming, and — ultimately — communities.
This session brings together GARE and the PLA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusive to share successes, challenges and opportunities. A brief overview of the issue paper will be followed by interactive discussion with panelists from some of the libraries featured in the case studies.
Learning outcomes for this session include:
Become familiar with an established framework for systematically addressing racism and developing anti-racism strategies in libraries
Learn about specific tools and strategies being used for racial equity analysis
Get inspired by innovative to culture change within libraries
Get involved with librarians working to embed equity, diversity and inclusion work in an analysis of how power, identity and oppression drive structural racism
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, Center for the Future of Libraries
Meeting Type: Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Cost: Included with full conference registration.