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    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    As communities mobilize around activism and resilience in the face of extreme divisiveness and uncertainty, what role do libraries play in advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion? What steps can libraries take to create safer spaces for traditionally underrepresented and marginalized groups? And how can libraries uphold intellectual freedom while also dismantling oppressive systems? Difficult and necessary conversations around questions like these are vital to the profession and the communities served. Keeping equity, diversity, and inclusion work at the forefront of the profession is critical and underscored by ALA’s adoption of EDI as its fourth Strategic Direction in 2017.

    To view a complete list of programs, committee meetings, and sessions exploring these issues, please visit the Annual Conference Online Scheduler and select “Equity, Diversity & Inclusion” from the subject drop-down menu.


    The American Library Association would like to acknowledge the indigenous history of New Orleans, and more broadly, Louisiana, and recognize the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, and the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana. Click here to learn more about the indigenous communities of the region.

    Additionally, ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services would like to honor the individuals who make New Orleans a diverse, vibrant, and dynamic city through its restaurants, museums, cultural centers, and businesses. Take a look at this map of the region’s diversely-owned businesses.