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Library Resources for Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence

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Library Programming for Diversity

American Library Association: Programming to Promote Diversity

The American Library Association recognizes the critical need for access to library and information resources, services, and technologies by all people, especially those who may experience language or literacy-related barriers; economic distress; cultural or social isolation; physical or attitudinal barriers; racism; discrimination on the basis of appearance, ethnicity, immigrant status, religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression; or barriers to equal education, employment, and housing. ALA and its affiliated organizations have a number of initiatives that support libraries in providing and developing programming that promotes diversity. 

Libraries can help eliminate barriers to access by:

  • Providing collections and programs which accurately and authentically reflect the cultural perspectives of diverse communities.

  • Promoting library services through communication channels and community events organized by people of color and intersectionalities. 

  • Developing and providing services which address the unique needs specific communities. 

  • Investing in recruitment strategies that build a diverse staff so that all people see themselves represented in the administration, management, and delivery of library services.