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.

Orientations: An opportunity for new or potential members to learn more about a specific member group and meet other members.


Rainbow Round Table 101 (Rainbow RT)
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=665046
Level of Understanding: Introductory Level
January 25, 2020 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Do you want to learn more about the Rainbow Round Table (RRT), formerly the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table? If so, this information session is perfect for you! Join RRT veterans, executive board members, and committee members to talk about ways to get more involved with the RRT and LGBTQ+ issues in your library and community.

Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table 101 (EMIERT)
Link: https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=665023
Level of Understanding: Introductory Level
January 25, 2020 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.