Building a Pipeline of Community Connection: Findings from Denver Public Library's 2019 IMLS Grant to Advance Workplace Equity and Inclusion
ALA Unit/Subunit: PLA
Denver Public Library (DPL) recently received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to conduct a comprehensive research/assessment project using an equity framework to better understand effective strategies to reshape its workforce so it reflects the diversity of the community. Ultimately, the goal of Building a Pipeline of Community Connection project is to determine practical, effective models that libraries can implement to ensure that people from populations historically underrepresented in librarianship can join and grow in the field, with a supportive, inclusive institutional culture. This work is urgently needed, as the librarianship field has failed to equitably reflect the nation’s increasing diversity and promote a truly racially inclusive institutional culture. This session will feature a summary of findings with recommendations and immediately actionable steps that libraries can take to advance equity and inclusion within their work environment.
Leave this session with a clear understanding of how the Denver Public Library is embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion values in workforce development.
Describe examples of barriers to advancing equity & inclusion that public libraries across North America are facing and strategies for mitigation.
Utilize an EDI organizational evaluation to assess one'ss own organizational progress and take immediately actionable steps to increase equity & inclusion within one's work environment.