WLA Advocacy Corner

Advocating for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Library
April 2021 | Diane Froelich

This is the second installment in a new series of articles by the WLA Advocacy Committee centered on helping libraries across the state connect with resources aimed at increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts throughout libraries. This week we are spotlighting the main page of the ALA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion tab which contains a wealth of wide-ranging resources. A helpful place to begin are the highlighted topics found in the banner at the top of the page. These cover an array of subjects including: strategies for supporting library workers and patrons in the face of hateful conduct; a guide for increasing support for rural libraries; as well as Intersections, a blog highlighting “the work of library and information science workers as they create safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces.” No matter your library type or where you are in the process of increasing EDI, you will find support for your efforts here.

Have a question about advocacy work at your library? Check out the advocacy resources on our committee’s page or email us with questions.

Diane Froelich (she/her)
WLA Advocacy Committee, Co Chair
Library Assistant
Tumwater Library, Timberland Regional Library

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