Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work. 


 

Recognition of Indigenous History of Chicago

The American Library Association would like to acknowledge that we are convening on the ancestral homeland of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, as well as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox Nations. The ALA wishes to pay our respects to the elders and both past and present American Indian individuals, who have or currently do call Chicago home. Together let us explore how we might build relationships with tribal entities to ensure access to inclusive spaces, break down barriers to information and provide a platform for indigenous voices and perspectives within our roles in the library and educational institutions we serve.

 

Diversely-Owned Businesses

Additionally, ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services would like to honor the individuals who make Philadelphia a diverse, vibrant, and dynamic city through its restaurants, museums, cultural centers, and businesses. View the map of the region’s diversely-owned businesses

If there is a business or organization you think we should add to our map, please e-mail your suggestion to [email protected].