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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.

News You Can Use: An hour-long session that offers the latest updates from experts on policy, research, statistics, technology, and more, based on new surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, and projects.


News You Can Use

 

2020 Census: How Libraries Can Support a Complete Count
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=664661
Level of Understanding: Introductory Level
January 25, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The 2020 Census will begin in March and the results will shape economic and political opportunity for the next decade. More than $800 billion in federal funds will be allocated to states and communities based on the census results every year for the next decade – along with seats for every level of government, from Congress to local school boards. Learn what libraries are doing in communities around the country to help achieve an accurate and inclusive count in the 2020 Census, from providing accurate information about the Census to providing computers and internet for residents to respond online.
 

Meeting Communities at Their Point of Need: Libraries as Trusted Partners
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=664689
Level of Understanding: Introductory Level
January 25, 2020 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

In its latest strategic plan, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) points to libraries as trusted spaces and sources of information, which enables them to meet community needs around learning, capacity building, and information access. This session will showcase examples in three states, where libraries are building on trusted relationships through IMLS grant-funded projects to meet users at their point of need. From community dialogs to programs focused on health epidemics and citizenship, participants will hear how libraries are tackling the hard issues. IMLS and State Library panelists will also share how these investments support their long-range planning.
 

Diversity Research Update (ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services)
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=664659
Level of Understanding: Intermediate Level
January 25, 2020 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us for an update on projects recently funded through ALA's Diversity Research Grant program. This session will also offer tips and advice for undertaking research on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion within library and information science as well as resources for applying for funding.
 

From Non-Voters to New Voters: How Libraries Can Engage their Communities in the 2020 Elections and Beyond (ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office and ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services)
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=664662
Level of Understanding: Introductory Level
January 25, 2020 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Millions of Americans go unheard in our elections because they don’t vote. Young people, people of color, and people with lower incomes and education levels have particularly lower rates of voter participation. However, innovative programs have found successful ways to promote engagement among these potential voters. Hear from voting experts and libraries about how your library can deliver nonpartisan information and programs that advance equitable participation in the upcoming 2020 elections and beyond – and why now is a great time to start!
 

Introducing the Services for Refugees, Immigrants, and Displaced Persons Committee
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=672667
Level of Understanding: Introductory Level
January 26, 2020 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
The Services for Refugees, Immigrants, and Displaced Persons (SRIDP) Sub-Committee of the ODLOS Advisory Committee supports and promotes ALA, libraries, and communities to ensure that libraries provide the best possible services to support refugees, immigrants, and displaced persons. Join us as we introduce who we are and the work we are doing. Share ideas about how we can improve services for refugees, immigrants, and displaced persons.
 

Library Technology Jobs: Trends and Inclusivity in Hiring
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=665469
Level of Understanding: Intermediate Level
January 26, 2020 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

This joint presentation of LITA's Assessment & Research and Diversity & Inclusion committees focuses on trends in postings to the LITA Jobs Site. The session will focus on new and emerging trends in skills library technology employers are looking for and the types of positions that are currently in demand. It will also explore trends in diversity and inclusion in job postings and best practices for writing job ads that attract a diverse and talented candidate pool. This session is aimed at technology librarians in the job market and employers looking to post and hire new positions in library technology.
 

#eBooksForAll Campaign Update
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=666420
Level of Understanding: Introductory Level
January 26, 2020 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers restricted library buying to only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks. Join the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy team and member leaders pursuing equitable access to digital content for an update on the #eBooksForAll campaign and a discussion about the digital content landscape. Get the latest news and resources and join the next steps in this critical effort.
 

Low-Cost Immersive Classrooms: Making Digital Inclusion Accessible to Smaller and Rural Institutions
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=664691
Level of Understanding: Introductory Level
January 27, 2020 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Immersive classrooms allow students to become fully involved in an interactive, digital environment. With funding from an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant, the Fort Hays State University Forsyth Library and their Institute for New Media Studies have built a portable, modular, low-cost immersive classroom kit, providing a space for 3D exploration and collaboration, data visualization, and interactive exhibits. The kit makes it possible for smaller and rural institutions to provide smart classroom technology without a large investment of time, funding, or building renovation. This session will share lessons from the prototyping process and advice for organizations interested in building their own immersive classroom kit.
 

Skills for Community-Centered Libraries: Developing a Curriculum for All Public Library Staff
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=665476
Level of Understanding: Introductory Level
January 27, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s “Skills for Community-Centered Libraries” provides community engagement training for staff across the library, including clerks, library assistants, digital resource specialists, librarians, and administrators. Hear how this project, funded by IMLS, has helped staff develop new skills in researching neighborhood assets, facilitating community meetings, and contributing to the Free Library’s existing community engagement initiatives. Staff from across the library will share the most promising outcomes and strengths from the project and some of the most powerful exercises and techniques that attendees can put to use in their own libraries.