ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) curated this list for conference attendees who may be interested in sessions targeting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The sessions are grouped by session type with definitions to guide attendees through the selections. Please note that this information was curated by ODLOS specifically, there may be some flexibility in each session’s categorization and/or level of understanding. 

Definitions of Levels of Understanding

Introductory Level: These sessions are geared toward attendees who have no prior or little experience with equity, diversity, or inclusion topics. Attendees who have limited knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion are encouraged to attend these sessions. 

Intermediate Level: These sessions are appropriate for attendees who have attended a few webinars or workshops surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion and would like to learn more. These sessions start analyzing how the library profession can decenter power.

Advanced Level: These sessions are appropriate for those who are experienced with nuanced concepts of social justice, power and privilege, identity, equity, and inclusion.  Attendees who are facilitators and leaders in areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion and those looking to deepen their knowledge are encouraged to attend.

Preconferences/Institutes: Educational sessions held prior to the start of the conference. These sessions usually have an additional fee.



ASGCLA Deaf Culture Forum
Level of Understanding: Intermediate Level
January 24, 2020 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The half-day program will feature presenters to introduce topics including history and awareness of deaf culture, deaf education, libraries, and deaf communities, and organizations and government agencies for the deaf.  Forum participants will listen, learn, and discuss issues that impact future library services for deaf individuals from diverse backgrounds. Everyone will have an opportunity to participate in discussions after presentations. The Forum will identify common concerns and priorities to encourage collaboration for action.